The defeat in the derby “burns”, as the coach said, but Wednesday’s Champions League debut looms: defense to be fixed, Dzeko cannot go unnoticed
The night after a derby can be terribly bitter, perhaps even disturbed by memories that pile up in the minds of the protagonists. The calendar of the football season of this 2022/2023, however, does not allow ample time for reflection – for better or for worse. So, drawing as many lessons as possible from a painful derby, the chapter must close quickly to allow Inter to already open the Champions League. There are menacing Germans on the horizon.
If in the slightest he can console, Bayern Munich will also arrive at Giuseppe Meazza after a misstep in the league. The 1-1 at Union Berlin is not the best way to approach the European debut. The men of the capital surprised Julian Nagelsmann’s gang, who thus lost the top of the Bundesliga. However, it would be naive to believe that the German champions can arrive in Milan with some posthumousness and therefore, for Simone Inzaghi and for the team, it is time to pick up the pieces and prepare for a game that promises to be very tough.
The defensive phase, first of all, must be rearranged. Rafael Leao made a bad impression in the middle of the team, but cracks had already been noticed in the pre-season friendly matches, not to mention the defeat against Lazio. It is therefore enough to read the names of the offensive men arriving from Bavaria to understand that there will be a lot of work to do at the San Siro. In addition to the understandable mental “reset” to accumulate confidence and enthusiasm after a crucial defeat, Inzaghi will use the days available to retouch all the movements and attitudes that have discovered his side at Milan.
It is too early to think about an anti-Bayern formation, especially for a coach like Inzaghi who likes to keep more roads open until the end. Some general indications, however, can already be outlined. For example, you can’t really ignore the physical and motivational weight that Edin Dzeko threw on the lawn of the Meazza as soon as he took over. Joaquin Correa did not look disfigured, but the Bosnian showed that compared to most of his teammates, he has the experience and the depth to cut the tension of a big match and then transform it into mental energy. Despite being 36, Dzeko scored and inspired, automatically applying for a starting spot in attack on Wednesday. Despite the revisable form after the injury, Henrikh Mkhitaryan also immediately showed himself “on the piece”, while on the left it is conceivable a changeover after the choice of Matteo Darmian: on that band there is no real owner and Federico Dimarco – like Robin Gosens – he spent fewer minutes than his teammate racing on that track, against Milan. Freer lungs and head can be crucial.
September 4, 2022 (change September 4, 2022 | 15:33)
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