Inter have returned to the elite

Inter have returned to the elite

In the first round match of the Champions League group stage Inter Milan at Giuseppe Meazza hosted Tottenham. In this material we figure out the reasons for Mauricio Pochettino’s fiasco and Spalletti’s success.

Both head coaches did not change their preparations during the course of the season and the formations that they used in matches of domestic competitions. The teams went out on the pitch with a 4-2-3-1 formation. Having saturated the midfield, both teams in the first half made a massacre in the circle and attacked on the wings, trying not to dig in the swamp. This continued until the second half of the match.

In the second half, Tottenham occupied the midfield and it brought results seven minutes later. One of the few attacks through the midfield in the performance of Eriksen led to the first shot of the Dane, and then to the second one, which became fatal for Handanovic.

Having conceded a goal, Inter went ahead, risking a counter-attack on his own goal. Moments from Tottenham arose, but Lamela’s realization was poor, and Son got into offside. Having lost the advantage in the midfield, Inter ran into attack through wings, using Perisic and Politano. However, Nerazzurri received dividends only after Kandreva and Balde Keita entered the pitch. Spalletti refreshed the wings and the defensive Spurs had to give out more with the general fatigue of the team by the seventieth minute.

Pochettino replaced Son with Lucas, and this was the only right decision in the performance of the Argentine mentor. The Brazilian created two moments, but the guests could not double the score. When the defense of the London club was tired along with the midfielders, Icardi took advantage of this and equalized the score. In an attempt to save one point Pochettino tried to build a bus at the goal of Vorm, replacing Kane to Rose. Similarly, Jurgen Klopp thought earlier, releasing Klawan and creating a numerical advantage in defense. But, as in the case with the German, this led to confusion in the penalty area and only aggravated the situation.

Spalletti knocked out Pochettino, replacing universal Nainggolan with the attacking midfielder Borja Valero. The Spaniard immediately joined the game and went to spin the backs of Spurs’ defenders. Another attempt led to a corner kick, from which Vesino brought victory for the Milanese club.

This match showed the essence of Pochettino. The Argentine does not yet have so much experience that one substitute to change the course of the encounter,that is why Tottenham with him do not see any trophies. Spalletti gave a lesson to the young coach and returned Inter to the elite of the European football on a positive note.