Internazionale – Lazio Roma
Defending Serie A champions Inter were seemingly in pole position to lift the Scudetto back-to-back, but they were set to face a tough test against a stuttering Lazio side that could do with a big win to hopefully kickstart a good run of form.
Tactical analysis and match report by Neel Shelat.
Although in second spot pre-match, Inter were just two points behind local rivals Milan with two fewer matches played having undoubtedly defied pre-season expectations following the departures of key players such as Romelu Lukaku and Achraf Hakimi, and of course, manager Antonio Conte. Simone Inzaghi’s approach of not fixing what was not broken had only yielded one league defeat in the first half of the season, and he would have been hoping to keep that tally unchanged against his former employers.
Lazio’s expectations for the season were perhaps not as high as one might have expected due to their disrupted pre-season, but they would certainly have expected to seal European qualification. They were there at the midway point of the season, but the 3-3 draw with Empoli in their first match of the new year dropped them down to eighth, so their players would have been keen to bounce back. Funnily enough, Maurizio Sarri’s side were the only team to come away with three points against Inter in this Serie A season, and now they were looking to do a league double against this opposition for the first time in six years.
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