Internazionale – Fiorentina: Crazy Inter Returns For A Seven Goal Thriller (4-3)

A world-class performance by Franck Ribéry was not enough to give Fiorentina the win in a match that fully represented the beauty and emotion football can produce. Antonio Conte returned to his 3-4-1-2 formation with the intention to take full advantage of Eriksen’s potential, but experienced an overall problematic performance by his team. A combination of Inter’s quality on the bench and Iachini’s substitution choices, were enough to give Inter the win in the end.

Tactical analysis and match report by Thanos Chelas.

Having a roster with newly arrived players, such as Arturo Vidal, players with one foot outside the door, like Andrea Ranocchia and Milan Škriniar, and with Stefan de Vrij being suspended, Antonio Conte had to present a first eleven that we may not see all too often this season.

In a return to their 3-4-1-2 formation, after a Europa League run in which Conte utilized the much more balanced 3-5-2 shape, Danilo D’Ambrosio, Alessandro Bastoni and Aleksandar Kolarov were the three center-backs. Nicolò Barella and Marcelo Brozović created the double pivot Two central midfielders next to each other. behind Christian Eriksen while Ashley Young and Ivan Perišić started on the wings, leaving Achraf Hakimi on the bench. Upfront, Lautaro Martínez and Romelu Lukaku were once again the focus point of the hosts’ game.

Fiorentina head coach Giuseppe Iachini decided yet again for a 3-5-2 formation that saw Federico Chiesa on the wing and Franck Ribéry supporting Christian Kouamé up top. In midfield, Sofyan Amrabat made his debut, playing a few meters behind Giacomo Bonaventura and Gaetano Castrovilli.

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