Another missed opportunity. To beat Verona and to avoid slipping again in the standings. But rightly so, because Inter do not deserve to go beyond 2-2 and above all they do not deserve to be ahead of Atalanta, who has now overtaken her in third place. Forced immediately to chase, Conte’s team ends the first half at a disadvantage, but then thanks to Candreva he has the merit of overturning the 0-1 turning it into 2-1. It seems the ideal redemption, as the comeback takes place, after the defeat with the same score against Bologna and instead in the final Inter falls back in its usual vice, taking the goal by Veloso that gives Verona a fair draw. And so once again it is right to wonder about Conte’s changes, because it makes no sense to revive Eriksen 10 ‘from the end, after having preferred Borja Valero for the whole match. By now, however, any speech on Inter is useless, because the race for the Scudetto has long been abandoned and now, with the Champions place practically safe for next year, the impression is that the motivations have dropped like petrol. Even if other Nerazzurri, in Bergamo, are showing that you can and must fight and possibly win until the last day.
INTERRUPTED – Conte leaves Eriksen impalpable against Bologna and Lautaro who had failed the penalty of the possible 2-0. In their place, Borja Valero returns from the beginning, playing more advanced than usual between the four midfielders Candreva, Brozovic, Gagliardini and Young and the attack tandem in which Sanchez is seen alongside the very titular Lukaku. The start of Inter, however, is the same as the end of the last game lost at home. After Barrow’s 1-2 goal here is 0-1’s Lazovic who skips Skriniar, deployed to the right of the defensive trio completed by De Vrij and Godin, and slips Handanovic diagonally. Only 1 ’40 has passed “and Inter seems broken, even interrupted mentally, even before technical and athletic, because his reaction is only nervous.
VERONA ACCORDION – Not at all satisfied by the rapid advantage, Verona confirms its great qualities by putting Conte’s team in difficulty. Very good at closing the spaces in front of Silvestri, with Brahmani, Gunter and Kumbulla, between the two exteriors Dimarco and Pharaohs, the Gialloblù mostly start on the left wing on the Dimarco-Lazovic axis, but the great merit of Juric’s team is to move like an accordion, without leaving any reference points for their opponents. Everyone runs always looking for verticalization and so the dangers do not come only from the overlapping of the exteriors or from the shots of Stepinski, who plays on the bank to favor the insertions of his companions. And so, here is the pole hit by Veloso, covered behind by Amrabat and Pessina and then the diagonal of the former Inter player Dimarco who touches the pole, to witness a first half dominated by Verona.
LITTLE QUALITY – While Juric’s team proves they have clear ideas and gasoline in their legs, Inter retouched by Conte reaffirms its quality limits in the middle of the field, magnified by the absence of Vecino, Barella and Sensi. Borja Valero runs a lot but does not have the unmarked pass, Brozovic turns empty and then, without adequate supplies, Lukaku remains isolated, while Sanchez tries in vain to return to midfield to touch some balls. So, while Verona approaches Handanovic with real actions, Inter in the first half goes to shooting only with Gagliardini from distance and with Sanchez on a free kick, but without surprising Silvestri.
REMOVE INTER – Evidently Conte’s words, or perhaps the screams, had an effect, because Inter began the second half as Verona had started in the first. Candreva immediately commits Silvestri, then draws to the right, concluding the best action of the nerazzurri, in which five players participate: Young who supports Borja Valero, good at touching for Godin who dissociates Lukaku whose conclusion ends on the pole and is then thrown on the net from the outside. The worst is over and 6 ‘later the best comes, thanks to a descent by Gagliardini, good at serving on the right Candreva confirms that he is the best and is also lucky, because his third pitch in a few minutes is deflected by Dimarco, who displaces Silvestri. From 0-1 to 2-1, another Inter is the same in men but different in the head.
BITTER FINAL – With Vecino and then Lautaro, respectively in place of Brozovic and Lukaku, Conte tries to give more acceleration in the middle of the field and more freshness in attack. But above all, with this move, he wants to stimulate the Argentine who in fact enters with the right mentality and touches the goal denied him by a beautiful intervention by Silvestri. Inter seems to control the game. It seems, but it is not so, because Verona has the merit in general of not giving up and in particular of exploiting the errors of the Nerazzurri defense which leaves a free corridor for Veloso, ready to put the 2-2 ball left. There are 10 minutes left, recovery included, and at that point Conte also remembers Eriksen, inserted in place of Borja Valero. Too late, however, to ask the Danish for a miracle and too late for everything: to beat Verona and to return to third place.