Serie A Club of the Week – Round 36: Inter


Inter had an impressive showing in the drubbing of Udinese and was also just one of the two teams who scored multiple goals while also maintaining a clean sheet. As a result, they deservedly get the Club of the Week shut-out regarding the last round.

Inter approached the game fuming for the result in the Derby d’Italia, but had won in the previous two fixtures. Luciano Spalletti opted for Dalbert to substitute the suspended Danilo D’Ambrosio and picked Antonio Candreva over Yann Karamoh on the right wing. He had to put in Andrea Ranocchia due to a last-minute injury to Joao Miranda. 

Inter came out guns blazing and Ivan Perisic’s header on a deep free kick was rejected by Danilo on the goal line. The Italian defender broke the deadlock 12 minutes in the game, bagging a crisp corner kick by Marcelo Brozovic with a lovely header. Perisic was again denied by Danilo after beating Albano Bizzarri. The Udinese tried to respond and came close to equalizing with Kevin Lasagna, who was perfectly set up by a through ball by Rodrigo De Paul, but Samir Handanovic came out perfectly. Bianconeri exposed their defence while trying to score and the Nerazzurri took advantage of the open spaces.

The Beneamata sealed the deal with a one-two punch at the of the first half with two counter-attacks. On the first one, Rafinha got a lucky bounce in the midfield and then had one lane to the goal and put it past the goalie with a lefty conclusion on the near post for his first Serie A goal. Mauro Icardi did pretty much the same, with the other foot, after a long delivery by Brozovic, surprising Bizzarri.

Things got worse for the Zebrette as Seko Fofana was sent off at the beginning of the second half for stomping onto Perisic’s leg. Borja Valero rounded up the score with twenty minutes to go, latching onto a deflected shot by Ivan Perisic and burying it from close range.

Inter got closer to Lazio in the standings and are now just two points away from a Champions League berth. A conspicuous loot in the fantasy game: Andrea Ranocchia was the top earner with nine points, Samir Handanovic got seven thanks to the clean sheets, the thee midfielders Rafinha, Valero and Brozovic all garnered six, Icardi four. The clean sheets then gave the rest of the defenders five points and two to Perisic and Candreva.

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