Resuming the Milan derby|Inter won 5-1, Inzaghi Jr. pinched Pioli, and the gap between the two sides was widened
Before the start of this derby, Inter Milan and AC Milan also had nine points, but the Nerazzurri temporarily took first place by goal difference. Obviously, what underpins Inter is the rock-solid defensive system that the team has once again built, which is the capital they can continue to win in Serie A. As the saying goes, the winner of the defender wins the world, and this time the derby once again fulfills that. At the same time, the Nerazzurri have the heritage and confidence advantage, combined with this extremely deep substitute lineup, which is also the root of their ridiculous derby. The big 5-1 win is not surprising.
Goal at the beginning, Inter's dream
Derby battles have always been scorching, intense, full of gunpowder and, of course, full of unexpected surprises. Only 5 minutes after the start of the game, Thuram Jr.'s cross after breaking through the bottom line was blocked, and he tried again to sweep into the middle. Di Marco stopped steadily after getting the ball at the back post, and his push was blocked again, but Mkhitaryan seized the opportunity to "pick up the leak" and scored lightly, and Meignan had nothing to do, 1-0.
The goal came swiftly and violently, something neither Inter nor Milan expected. Of course, it also completely changed the direction of the game and became a watershed for victory and defeat. Inter, who have reached 16 international players, never expected that they were physically inferior, but they would get the lead so quickly. It seems that their preparation and desire to win are far superior to their rivals in the city.
Rock defense system, small due to successful upgrades
After conceding the goal, Milan opened a full counterattack, and Inter took the initiative to accompany Milan's attack, retreated to a very back position, and handed over control to the opponent. It should be said that this is the design of Inzaghi Jr., and it is a deliberate strategy of the Nerazzurri. After meeting Manchester City in the top Champions League final last season, the Nerazzurri have gained a deeper understanding of passing control and a deeper understanding of how to maintain their integrity when controlled by enemy forces, especially at the defensive end.
This is the value of playing with Blue Moon level experts.
Although, Milan thought that Inter would "relinquish" control and push themselves behind by counter-attacking strategies. However, Pioli, Teo, and Leo probably did not expect that they would retreat so deeply. Inter, who are defending the whole line, almost completely do not want to actively control the ball, and in 20-35 minutes, their extreme control rate is as low as about 10%, which is indeed difficult to meet. This is a derby!
However, Inzaghi Jr. fully believes in his adjustments, and the Inter players have nothing to complain about. Even though the commentators are saying, "Inter are playing this way", they still keep themselves and let Milan attack.
It should be said that Xiao Yin's main calculation is the dilemma that Milan temporarily lacks tacit understanding after buying people in the summer window. He did gamble right. In the 10 minutes after dropping points, Christian Pulisic's right side became their main point of attack; However, the Americans were too positional, resulting in teammates not running much, which also made Inter's defense very simple. It's enough to jam people, Te'o can't break through, and Leo won't have a chance to turn over.
For the next 10 minutes, Te'o cut in from the left to the striker, and Reindes and Cheek in the center rushed forward to create a three-dimensional chance. This is a lot more comprehensive than the previous type of attack. But too many picks to pass the difficult operation, it is indeed too testing accuracy. Although goalkeeper Sommer does have a higher appearance, there are not many actual chances to score.
The real killer came after Leo was revived, and from the 30th minute onwards, his several breakthrough passes and underneath crosses were indeed too threatening, too big. Inter struggled to jam his deep pull one-on-one, and with Giroud waiting for an opportunity, the Nerazzurri were buzzing and grass at the door, and Milan had several chances to equalise. Unfortunately, bad luck.
Even so, Inzaghi Jr. has to gamble and persevere. It's his style and it's the style of play infused with Inter.
Finally, in the 38th minute, the opportunity came.
Burst and shine, the path of the counterattack of Little Thuram
If Thuram Jr.'s assist in the last game was "hooded", if the last national team game and the replacement of the injured Giroud goal were "fluke", then the report card he handed over this derby is really perfect. 1 indirect assist, 1 direct goal, it is really wonderful. Inzaghi Jr.'s gambling on his speed advantage is also the basis for Inter to continue to resist Milan's attack.
After receiving a diagonal pass in the 38th minute, Thuram Jr. stopped the ball and got rid of the shot in one go, which was so wonderful that the commentators chanted and praised his performance. Indeed, it was a perfect solo show, and it was a good explanation of why Inter cut him off (it was Milan who cut him off) and used him to top Romelu Lukaku. He has the Belgian speed characteristics, but also has the shooting ability that the Belgian does not have. The play of key moments does not drop the chain at all, not only does not block the teammates' shots, but also helps the team to score points.
The goal completely changed the situation at half-time and increased Inter's advantage to 2-0. Of course, as I mentioned earlier, Inzaghi Jr. is actually gambling. Although he won the bet, it was also very thrilling. The camera captures his mood changes well: first shaking his fists in celebration, then quickly returning to the bench, picking up a water bottle and taking a big sip. Still nervous.
A sudden outburst, a brilliant deduction, is enough. Inter need such a Lautaro partner. Little Thuram did it, or two successive games. As you can see, this number 9 is not ordinary; It can be seen that he will still have a lot to do in the Nerazzurri.
Heavy rain poured down, and Inter did not change their original intentions
The sudden rain in the second half turned the direction of the game around again, and the Milanese, who were about to start the counterattack, were even wilder. Te'o and Leo's assault became more violent, Reindes' back plug increased, and Cheek began to communicate with Giroud, trying to control the middle advantage. At this time, Inter are waiting for the opportunity, they have to alleviate the physical difficulties (after all, the average age) and see how Pioli has to play.
Leo's counter-attacking goal was "expected", after all, his ability and the tilt of Milan's tactics doomed him to be Pioli's first choice for points. That long-distance raid performance was indeed a perfect display of individual strength, and the defenders could not rely on Sommer's save.
After 1-2, the balance reversal of the match is very delicate, and if Milan scores again, the score of 2-2 is difficult to say; Inter will seal the win 3-1 if they score again. At this time, what brings the two sides to the difference is confidence, accumulation and past:
Last season, Inter won four consecutive games in the last four games of the derby, beat Milan in one league game, one domestic cup match and two Champions League games, scoring 7 goals and conceding 0 points to make history;
Last season, Inter overcame the odds and reached the Champions League final without being favored;
Last season, the defense of the Coppa Italia and the Italian Super Cup made Inzaghi Jr. and his players highly praised;
Last season, he played well on all fronts and avoided the dilemma of the main seller.
So, faced with the multiple-choice question again, Inzaghi Jr. decisively insisted on himself, what about 1-2? We, Inter, are the recovering Inter!
From the 60th minute, he was decisive to come up with his own substitution in the face of Milan's attack. This 5-10 minute lead (substitution) makes the situation completely different. Fratesi's arrival took over Barrera's sweeping work, and his vitality was even stronger; Arnautovic's value once again played the role of a bridgehead, no longer having to fight back according to the little thuram to create opportunities; Augusto's substitute maintained the advantage on the left and bombed Milan. As soon as the three came out, Inter's opportunity came again.
In the 69th minute, Mkhitaryan scored again to push Milan to the edge of the cliff; In the 79th minute, Çalhanoğlu's slaughter of the old masters was completely about the victory brought to Meacha; In the 93rd minute, Fratesi's stripping celebration was the best catharsis for the Nerazzurri supporters, who once again beat AC Milan, winning five straight and conceding only one point in 12 goals, which is really not like this Milan derby.
And, this time, Çalhanoğlu's slip was successful, he did not fall, and the opposition of Milan's supporters was quickly extinguished.
Comprehensive evaluation, Inter's maintenance of their own routines is indeed more stable and lasting. From focusing on the defense of the formation to the main counterattack strategy, to the autonomous control of the game, their every step of the design is basically pulling Pioli's nose; The first substitution and the brilliance of the key moments of the game perfectly interpret the gap in the team's strength, which is also consistent with the results of the last five meetings. There is no doubt that Inter are ahead.
Write on the back
With the derby victory, Inter enjoyed the victory not only in the Apennine but also in the whole of Europe. This shows the success of Inzaghi Jr.'s coaching of the team, last season's achievements are long in the past, and this season they still want to create bigger and more brilliance.
Of course, the depth of the substitute squad is also very satisfying for Inter supporters. The exchange of Thuram Jr. and Arnautovic, Augusto's top of Di Marco, Fratesi's ability to help Barrera, De Vry and Bastoni seamlessly converted, all put the initiative in the game on Inter's side. Don't forget that there are experienced Cuadrado, Sanchez and Klassen sitting underneath. Newcomer Pavard is still on the side, and his addition will certainly take Inter to the next level.
That's the Nerazzurri's biggest advantage this season. In a very favorable situation where the Champions League draw is very favorable, they can devote most of their energy to this Serie A competition, which is good for the achievement of the team's goals and the guarantee of the maximum result. Inzaghi Jr. and the players should work hard and take advantage of the opportunity.