In minute 93 it was 1-1 for the Inter. He avoided falling in the visit to Torino, but by not winning he no longer depends on himself as before to be a two-time Serie A champion. With one game less he finished third, with 59 points, four behind the leader Milan (Napoli is second with 60). And anyone looking only at the data from this Sunday’s match would think the Simone Inzaghi change was spot on: Alexis Sánchez replaced Lautaro Martínez and scored the 1-1 after an assist from Edin Dzeko. But due to the development of the meeting, the exit of the Toro was a surprise. Or, actually, not anymore…
Lautaro in action against Torino. He came out at 22′ ST with the match 0-1 (AFP).
Just like last Tuesday at Anfield, the Argentine was the one who left his place when the game asked for it the most on the pitch. In the Champions League he had scored the 1-0 goal against Liverpool that did not reach 0-2 in the first leg and, as the team had kept 10, the DT took him out to put a forward with less wear and tear and Joaquín entered Belt.
Against Torino, the former Racing team had been one of the best of a Nerazzurro that at 12′ was already 0-1 in Turin. After several situations but without success, At 22 minutes into the second half, the already known variant arrived, that of almost all the matches for the Bahiensewho no longer even bothered and left resigned to the change position by position and for the Chilean who came from being his great partner.
Quite a custom already for the nine of the Argentine National Team, who this season was a starter in 31 PJ and in only three! he played every minute despite being the top scorer with 16 (14 in Serie A). Something that I surely did not expect knowing that it was left as the attacking reference after the departure of Romelu Lukaku. To make matters worse, against Torino Inzaghi he did play it to finish with three points as the game asked him when Joaquín Correa replaced a midfielder like Hakan Calhanoglu for the final 15 minutes in which the tie came.
This season he scored 14 in Serie A, one in the Super Cup and another in the Champions League (EFE).
THE DT RARELY BURNS THE SHIPS
The DT does not usually move from that 3-5-2 with which Inter had been playing last season with Antonio Conte. In fact, Inzaghi was picked for using the same scheme at Lazio. Throughout the season he sought to rotate his forwards, both Lautaro and Dzeko with greater participation and then Alexis and Correa. A rotation in which he wants everyone to feel important.
But this Inter that came from a very good first semester, in 2022 fell. During the week he had played a great game putting Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool in trouble and coming close to equaling a series that seemed liquidated in the Champions League. But now, just when he needed to reaffirm it in the local tournament, he found himself with this brake and two lost points that could have been three.
On Saturday they will receive a Fiorentina in good standing and after the FIFA date they will have to visit Juventus who, in silence, with their undefeated streak of 15 games, have already been put within three points. Yes, the key moment for the Nerazzurro to react if they want to retain the title they won last year while waiting for the second leg of the Italian Cup (20/4 vs. Milan after 0-0 in the first leg).
“We have lost strength, energy and injured players at a crucial time of the season. But it doesn’t have to be an excuse, we can do better. We have 10 finals plus the second leg of the Coppa Italia, we need to recover”, was Inzaghi’s analysis after 1-1 vs. Torino, not to mention Lautaro.
Last week Martínez had cut a streak of 10 PJ in the club without goals with a hat-trick to Salernitana and one of his celebrations was with a hug to the DT who always banked him, but who also always takes him out no matter how much he loses or the result will not serve as in the Orejona. Inter saved a tie vs. Torino and Serie A are still tremendous. But if the Bull is not allowed to start…