PSV Eindhoven – Internazionale: Inter dominate the ball, but fail to impress against PSV’s young guns (1-2)

Despite a lot of possession and shots, Inter failed to create high quality offense and even fell behind. PSV were eventually outdone in crucial moments and Inter quite easily protected the lead.

Having somewhat surprisingly won the group opener against Tottenham Hotspur, Inter had the chance of getting six points from their first two Champions League matches. Seeing that their next two games are against FC Barcelona, Inter did not want to lose points against what is arguably the weakest side of the group, PSV Eindhoven.

PSV had lost their first game, against Barcelona. The regular formation under Mark van Bommel is 4-2-3-1 and the matchup against Internazionale proved no exception to that rule. The Dutch champions have found a very viable double pivot in Jorrit Hendrix and Pablo Rosario, while young wingers Steven Bergwijn and Hirving Lozano are on the scouting list of every major European club.

Four wins in a row, a fourth place in the Serie A and winning the first group match against Tottenham Hotspur. If you would glance over Inter’s results, you would suspect that everything is perfectly fine for the black and blue part of Milan.

However, it is not. In most of the games played so far this season, Inter did not impress, but managed to eke out a win nonetheless. They have done so in Spalletti’s favoured 4-2-3-1 formation, with Radja Nainggolan deployed as a combative number ten just behind star striker Mauro Icardi and a strong preference for crossing . . .

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Erik Elias (25) is co-founder and chief editor of Between The Posts. Dutch, so admires Johan Cruijff and his football principles, but enjoys writing about other styles as well. Former youth coach. Scout. 'Quality without results is pointless. Results without quality is boring.' [ View all posts ]


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