Internazionale – AS Roma: Inter Climb To Serie A Summit Despite Roman Resistance (3-1)
Internazionale continued their rise up the table with a convincing win against José Mourinho’s AS Roma. Roma’s twelve-game unbeaten streak in Serie A was snapped, whilst Inter went a point ahead of city rivals AC Milan, with five games to go.
Tactical analysis and match report by Harshal Patel.
After suffering a bit of a wobble in February, where they failed to win in four consecutive Serie A games, Internazionale have managed to recover, winning six of the next eight to move firmly back into contention for the title. They have also been aided by AC Milan, and especially Napoli, dropping points during this time as well, and came into Saturday’s crunch clash with AS Roma on the back of a big win over Milan in the Coppa Italia semi-finals.
AS Roma were in the midst of an even stronger run of form – the team arrived in Milan on the back of a twelve-game unbeaten run in Serie A, one which had rekindled hope of a top-four finish. Roma had also made it to the semi-finals of the inaugural Conference League in this time, and their early-season inconsistency had made way for something far more solid.
Simone Inzaghi made three changes to the side that defeated AC Milan 3-0 in the second leg of their Coppa Italia semi-final. Federico Dimarco replaced Alessandro Bastoni in defense, Denzel Dumfries came in for Matteo Darmian at right wingback, whilst Edin Džeko started instead of Joaquin Correa in attack.
Mourinho made two alterations from the team which claimed a last-gasp 1-1 draw against Napoli. Henrikh Mkhitaryan played instead of Bryan Cristante in midfield, whilst Stephen . . .