In the 4th round of Serie A, the Milan derby took place, in which Inter beat Milan – 2: 0. The Nerazzurri are now running smoothly in the Italian Serie A, taking first place in the table. Before that, the rivals of the “black-blue” were weaker, and this derby was a test for the new team of Antonio Conte. The weekly Football is about how Antonio Conte transformed Inter.
Is defense the main means of victory?
The Nerazzurri conceded only one goal in four games in the Italian championship. This is the best result so far among all Serie A teams. Coming from Madrid, Diego Godin, who played for Mattress for nine years, de Vrey, Shkrinjar, D’Ambrosio and Ranocchia leave no chance for the strikers of other teams this season.
The same thing happened with Milan. In the first half, Marco Giampolo’s team could not create anything. Inter’s defenders either blocked the blows or only allowed them to hit from a distance. And during corners or free kicks, they won almost all the top martial arts, so the Rossoneri players simply did not get to the ball.
This season “Inter” began with a change in the scheme. Unlike former nerrazuri mentor Luciano Spalletti, who used the 4 + 2 + 3 + 1 scheme, Antonio Conte immediately put his favorite 3 + 5 + 2. With it, the extreme midfielders can be useful both in attack and defense. In the match against Milan, these positions were occupied by D’Ambrosio and Asamoa, who tore apart the flanks of the red-blacks.
Conte’s usual style was also recognized. Throughout the match, the players easily held the ball, having full control of the advantage in the game. There were also counterattacks, but still more often Inter carried out positional attacks. And what a team movement! We can say that Conte’s wards were simply running over rivals from Milan.
The Belgian striker admitted that he was uncomfortable at Manchester United. The reason for this was the constant accusation of the player for the poor results of the team (Pogba also got into it). Finally, Lukaku moved from England to Italy.
Conte immediately believed in him and did not regret it. In his debut match for Inter, the 26-year-old striker scored, thus ending his 8-match goalless streak in club competitions. In the Milan derby, the Belgian once again distinguished himself – a year-long ferrying the ball into the net after Barella’s excellent serve. This ball became the third for the striker in the current season of Serie A.
After winning Derby della Madonnina, Lukaku spoke about his relationship with Conte: “Relationship with the Count? Very good ones, because he is a coach who helps the players to grow. Conte motivates me every day. I am very happy to be here (at Inter). “
Rotation of the composition
Martinez, Politano, Kandreva, Lukaku, Brozovic, Sensi, Vesino are football players who are perfectly motivated to play. In every match, the players of the central zone or attack are constantly eager to prove themselves. In the match against Milan, Politano, who appeared instead of Martinez, immediately aimed at the goal and almost managed to score – he hit the crossbar. Also Kandreva, who was simply unlucky in the last minutes of the meeting, as after his hit the ball ricocheted into the post.
All this is the merit of Conte. He always requires dedication from football players and does not like hack-work in training and games. Therefore, the players try harder, which cannot be overlooked during matches. At the moment, only the newcomer of the team, Alexis Sanchez, does not fit.
Before the start of the season, all season tickets for Inter’s home games were sold. This was done in a few hours. And after Conte’s excellent debut in
As the head coach of Inter, in the first home game the Nerazzurri easily dealt with Lecce (4: 0), the fans fell in love and believed in him. Now many fans are sure that it is the “Count” who can lead the club to the championship. Therefore, at the matches, not only the players, but also the fans show a huge return.
While the rest of the Serie A teams are stuck at the start of the championship, Inter wins and is confidently leading the table. We can say that Conte passed the first test, beating the principal rival. But then there will be stronger teams. Will Conte cope? Will the Nerazzurri be able to take on the long-awaited Scudetto this year?