The big derby is tomorrow, but we can’t go without asking a few questions to our inter-city rivals - Inter Milan. We spoke to Matthew Clark of Serpents of Madonnina, SBNation’s Inter Milan Blog to find out more about his feelings on the game.
1. Now that you have a few games under the belt, what are your initial takeaways about Inter Milan? What do you see as the biggest concerns following those first games?
Honestly, Inter has done better than I thought they would have at this point. The mercato was a little disappointing, mainly because our defense was shaky going in and conventional wisdom was it didn’t get a whole lot better. However, Milan Skriniar has impressed and become perhaps the biggest bright spot of the season. Spalletti has lived a little on the edge with the defense, but 19 points in seven games is way more than a lot of Interisti thought we would have.
2. Talk about Inter’s summer mercato and what positions does the club still need to address.
I said it before that the Nerazzurri still need help on defense. Skriniar has been a pleasant addition, but that isn’t enough. Yuto Nagatomo has been inconsistent and Dalbert isn’t ready to be a consistent player yet.
3. For this match, which member of Inter will be the most crucial and why? Which matchup are you most excited about?
I am pretty excited to see Inter’s offensive attack go up against the Rossoneri defense. I think it will be the first big test for Inter’s offense. If Biglia is back at full strength, the battle in the midfield could be very interesting. I would like to see Joao Mario and Biglia battle in the center.
4. Which Rossoneri impresses you the most and which one scares you the most?
My biggest worry here is Leonardo Bonucci. He was just named a finalist for the Ballon d’Or and while that may be for what he did with Juventus, I still think he is dangerous. It is just a question of when all the new acquisitions for AC Milan will gel together.
5. Does your position in the Serie A table this early in the season surprise you? Why or why not?
I am a little surprised at where the Nerazzurri are at this point of the season. Obviously, it is still very early, but not many thought Inter would be in the top four. That said, this is Serie A and teams are just starting to beat each other on a weekly basis, so anything can happen.
6. Last, but certainly not least, pick the game. What’s the final score and how does the game flow?
There really isn’t a home-field advantage here, but Inter has some momentum. Under different circumstances I would say AC Milan’s European campaign may be wearing some players out, but both teams are coming off the international break. Both teams should be rested for an exciting Sunday game. As for flow, I see a lot of this game played in the midfield. Both teams have some issues with turnovers in that area. I can see a 1-1 draw in this game.
Thanks for that Matthew! Break a leg in tomorrow’s game. No. Seriously.