Internazionale – Bologna FC: Wretched And Uninspiring Offensive Performance By Inter Leads To Shock Home Defeat (0-1)
Bologna had won only two Serie A games so far, but managed to take a fully deserved three points back home from the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza. Inter’s first half display might have been poor, what they showed in the second half was nothing short of dreadful. Apart from some deep crosses, they were not able to create chances against Serie A’s number eighteen.
Tactical analysis and match report by Erik Elias.
Bologna traveled north to play this match under a well-known dynamic in the world of football: a new manager at the helm! Filippo Inzaghi apparently is better at poaching goals than managing football teams, as he has now been sacked by three clubs in a row. Bologna’s new manager is called Siniša Mihajlović, who knows the Serie A like the back of his hand. This is his seventh job as head coach in Italy, and actually the second spell at Bologna, as Mihajlović started his managerial career there in 2008.
Inzaghi had been switching between formations throughout the season, largely deploying three central defenders, before switch back to four at the back in the last two matches before his dismissal. Mihajlović maintained that shape, but shook up the starting lineup a bit, fielding four different names. The midfield consisted of captain Andrea Poli, combative midfielder Erick Pulgar and Roberto Soriano. Soriano’s role made it quite hard to say whether it counts as a 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 shape, so we will leave that to the devotees of the ‘every football tactic must be numbered’ fan club. Lyanco, a Brazilian defender freshly bought from Torino, made his first start as a center-back . . .