Match in a Sentence
Diego Milito’s brace led a brave Inter Milan side to victory against Juventus handing them their first loss under the Antonio Conte era in the league, first loss at Juventus stadium and ends their 49 game unbeaten streak.
- Andrea Stramaccioni surprised many as his team lined up in a 3-4-3 formation that left Fredy Guarin and Alvaro Pereira on the bench. Upfront he had Antonio Cassano, Diego Milito and Rodrigo Palacio.
- Juventus lined up in their traditional 3-5-2 with Mirko Vucinic and Sebastian Giovinco leading the line. Juventus took an early lead 20 seconds in as Kwadwo Asamoah placed a ball to Arturo Vidal who tapped the ball into the back of the net.
- The goal was controversial because replays show that Asamoah was offside when he received the ball. Last week Catania had a goal ruled out for offside, but replays showed the player was onside and Juventus went on to win the game.
- Juventus might not have a world-class striker, but in Vucinic and Giovinco they have forwards who are able to drag defenders out of position. It was their movement along with no one pressing Pirlo that allowed the Juventus midfielder to play in Claudio Marchisio who was denied by some great saves from Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic.
- Inter benefitted from the early goal as they began to settle and were moving the ball better than Juventus who were pegged in their own half. Inter’s front three didn’t provide much going forward in the first half, but throughout the game they kept the Juventus backline on their heels especially Stephan Lichsteiner.
- From the Juventus games I’ve watched Lichsteiner tends to get forward often, but not against Inter. Whether it was to keep it 4 v 3 at the back or to avoid leaving space for Cassano, Lichsteiner sitting back allowed Yuto Nagatomo space to attack.
- Lichsteiner was also lucky to stay on the pitch as his tackle on Palacio was worthy of a second yellow. Juventus assistant/interim manager Angelo Alessio opted to follow Fergie and not Wenger by introducing Martin Caceres in place of Lichsteiner who was indeed on the verge of being sent off.
- The second half saw Niklas Bendtner replace Vucinic who had picked up a knock in the first half. Bendtner’s role on the field was unknown and the Danish striker didn’t provide anything to the game.
- Another fascinating battle was on the right flank, unlike Lichsteiner and Caceres, Asamoah was eager to take on 39-year-old Javier Zanetti. Despite getting the better of Zanetti earlier on, the Argentinian isolated Asamoah and nullified his threat from wide areas.
- The game came to life in the 57th minute when Marchisio pulled down Milito in the box. The Argentinian talisman stepped up to the spot and slotted his penalty past Gianluigi Buffon. GAME ON!
- Stramaccioni replacing Cassano with Guarin was the game changer as Inter switched to a 3-4-1-2. Guarin’s job was to man mark Pirlo, as Rooney did to Mikel Arteta earlier on in the day in the Premier League. It took only six minutes for Guarin’s presence to haunt Inter, as he dispossessed Pirlo and let go a venomous shot that Buffon initially saved, but Milito tucked in the rebound.
- The lead forced Juventus defenders to push higher and chase the game leaving them prone to the counter attack, and Inter made them pay. After some great individual work by Nagatomo, he picked out Palacio who put the game to bed.
- Inter now sit one point back of Juventus and have opened up the title race. Stramaccioni got his tactics right, with the front three allowing Nagatomo to cause problems down the left, to Guarin getting the best of Pirlo which led to the winner. This Inter side showed real maturity on the night and showed Italy why they believe they’re title contenders.
- Juventus started the game well despite getting away with Asamoah’s offside goal. They didn’t create many goal scoring opportunities and were second best overall on the night. Throughout this streak, substitutions were vital, but a Vucinic injury combined with Lichsteiner’s discipline problem left Alessio with limited options. All good things must come to an end, but what’s important is how Juventus respond to this result. All faith has been restored in the Serie A, They (Juventus) are human!
- Vidal’s goal was the fastest in Serie A since Eran Zahavi for Palermo after 15 seconds in Palermo – Cagliari (21 Sep 2011) 3-2.
- This is Juventus first ever defeat in the Juventus Arena since its opening in Sep 2011. They had not lost the previous 28 matches there.
- That was also Andrea Pirlo’s first Serie A defeat since he left Milan, of course.
- The Nerazzurri are now unbeaten in nine and just one point back of Juventus. Also, all nine of their away games this season.
- Prior to his two goals, Diego Milito never scored a goal against Juventus in an Inter Milan jersey
- Diego Milito
- Yuto Nagatomo
- Fredy Guarin