UC Sampdoria – Internazionale: Inter claim victory in hard-fought away game at Samp (0-1)

Internazionale looked like being held to a goalless stalemate away at UC Sampdoria had it not been for Marcelo Brozović’s superb last-gasp winner. The home side began strong, but it was Inter’s sustained pressure and tactical tweaks that arguably sealed the win for Luciano Spalletti’s men.

Marco Giampaolo’s Sampdoria has found their feet in the new Serie A season. Samp won twice, drawn once, netted an impressive nine times and only conceded once since their opening day defeat at Udinese. So, heading into this one, the side would have been more than confident of getting a result on their own turf.

Thanks to their form, it should come as little surprise that Giampaolo made very few changes from their catch-up match with Fiorentina. First-team regular Bartosz Bereszyński replaced Jacopo Sala at right-back and Gianluca Caprari was swapped out for Gastón Ramírez at the number ten position in Giampaolo’s typical diamond system.

On the other side, Luciano Spalletti’s Inter came into this off the back of a crucial last-minute win against Tottenham Hotspur in the first game of their Champions League campaign.

Though the performance still left some questions to be asked of the Milan side, the late comeback allowed fans to breathe a sigh of relief after a worrying start to the season.

Spalletti also made two changes to his side, as Milan Škriniar returned to his favoured position as right-sided centre-half. To facilitate the change, Danilo D’Ambrosio returned to right-back with Stefan de Vrij making way. Further up the pitch, Antonio Candreva rotated in for Ivan Perišić.

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Peter (20), lives just outside of London. He’s been writing about tactics and such for over a year now, contributing to a couple of sites during that time. His main club is Arsenal but he’s also followed Real Betis quite heavily since Quique Setién took over last year. This form of writing has become a great passion of his and, although he’s unsure of what his end aim is, he’s enjoying being given new opportunities to continue doing so. [ View all posts ]

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