Inter and the puzzle of returns: this is how Inzaghi finds his national teams

Inter and the puzzle of returns: this is how Inzaghi finds his national teams

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Inter and the puzzle of returns: this is how Inzaghi finds his national teams

Seven races in 21 days and 14 players returning from world qualifiers to manage. From the efforts of De Vrij, Skriniar and Brozovic to the trips of Vecino and Vidal, here is the situation of the Nerazzurri

Calendar and blackboard. Simone Inzaghi studies the return of the 14 Nerazzurri involved with the national teams. Sunday at 12.30 there is Sampdoria, then the delicate match at San Siro against Real Madrid (Wednesday 15). In the midst of a tour de force with 7 races in 21 days. The coach already has in mind to let those who have spent the most energy breathe. The idea is to rotate the men in the league, so as to have the best players ready for the Champions League. Despite the good performance, players are likely to return exhausted and fatigued. There are those who have not missed a minute of the three scheduled matches such as De Vrij, Skriniar and Brozovic (his goal against Slovakia was decisive). And who in South America risks accumulating 270 ‘by returning to Milan no earlier than Friday evening. Less than 48 hours from Marassi’s challenge.

Always on the pitch

Three out of three. Dutchman De Vrij was the only Orange rear guard ever to sit on the bench. Colleague Skriniar also led Slovakia for 270 minutes, failing to avoid the goal of his midfielder friend in the match against Croatia. That Brozovic leader of his team in the middle of the field. Once the commitments have been completed, the Nerazzurri will return to Milan in these hours. Different speech for South Americans. Vidal and Vecino played 180 and 160 minutes respectively. The Chilean has made a counter against Brazil and Ecuador, the Uruguayan has risen to the chair against Peru and Bolivia collecting two excellent performances. They will be busy in the Italian night of Thursday with the last race: Colombia (1 am) and Ecuador (00.30 am) await them. Intercontinental travel will not help recharge the batteries. They could land in Italy between Friday evening and early Saturday. With Sampdoria at the door, they will most likely end up on the bench.


Goal and assist on his debut against Genoa, Hakan Calhanoglu repeated himself against Gibraltar in the second (simplest) match of his Turkey. Entered from the bench in the second half, after 10 ‘he served the winning pass for Dervisoglu’s first ring. On the pitch for the entire match against Montenegro, he came out with 5 ‘from the end in the heavy 6-1 suffered by the Netherlands. More was expected from the Turkish number 10. At Inter he will have to prove that he can be decisive. Dzeko has also collected 180 minutes: Bosnia’s 1-1 draw against France is thanks to the goal scored by the former Roma. Spared by the coach in the friendly with Kuwait, a few flashes in the 90 ‘ended in a draw against Kazakhstan, but he got the penalty then scored by Pjanic. Present but not very incisive in the first exit was Ivan Perisic. The coach Dalic fielded him in two of the three games, but the Croatian winger was unable to take the stage as a protagonist, even if after a great action he put Pasalic in front of the door for the 2-0 against Slovenia. Dumfries (163 ‘) and Barella (154’): this is the playing time of the Dutch defender and blue midfielder. The first took advantage of his chances and finished his commitments, the other fought as always despite the two outings to be reviewed by Italy. He could take a breather in the last match against Lithuania.

Less busy

So far the only Nerazzurri to have collected zero minutes are Bastoni e Sensi. Coach Mancini kept the defender on the bench and left the midfielder in the stands against Bulgaria and Switzerland. They would have started starting tonight against Lithuania, but small ailments will keep them out. If there is a positive factor in the suspension of Brazil-Argentina, the Inter manager will exploit it. Lautaro and Correa, both scoring in the Albiceleste 3-1 against Venezuela, avoided the exhausting 90 ‘against Neymar and his teammates. The trip to Caracas and the difficult situation experienced at the Maracana in Rio influenced the psychophysical strength of the two strikers. Against Vinotinto, the first started in the beginning and left the field in the 75th minute, the other took over in the last 30 ‘. We’ll see if coach Scaloni decides to play them against Bolivia on Thursday night as well. Inzaghi makes his calculations and circles the dates on the calendar in red. Sampdoria, Real, Bologna, Fiorentina, Atalanta and Shakhtar away. A match every three days, everyone’s contribution will be needed. The first turning point of the Nerazzurri season is just around the corner.

September 8, 2021 (change September 8, 2021 | 13:33)