Inter brought home an overall convincing 2-0 against Genoa, after a shaky first half. The protagonist of the match was surely Marcelo Brozovic.
Here’s how we evaluated the nerazzurri‘s performances.
Samir Handanovic (6.5): Made a series of decisive saves in the first half when Genoa was all over Inter and lived through a fairly calm second half.
Danilo D’Ambrosio (6): The main threats from Genoa arrived on Murillo’s side, rather than his, but D’Ambrosio still struggled during Laxalt’s rare attacks. Despite this, he must be commended for a great save on the line in the first half, preventing Lazovic’s shot from finding Laxalt.
Joao Miranda (6.5): The Brazilian centre back dealt very well with Simeone, who showed how dangerous he could be at the beginning of the match. After a few outburst of pace from the Argentinian striker, Miranda contained him for the whole game.
Jeison Murillo (5.5): Lazovic was a constant threat in Inter’s left hand-side and, just as much as Nagatomo, Murillo had a hard time when confronted with the winger’s pace and dribbling skills.
Yuto Nagatomo (5.5): As said with regards to Murillo, Lazovic’s runs on the wing were hardly ever stopped and Genoa’s biggest goal opportunities came from Nagatomo’s side.
Joao Mario (7): Mario was very precious both with regards to defensive composure and with his attacking prowess. He provided two assists for Brozovic, the second one being a beautifully concluded run through Genoa’s defensive line.
Marcelo Brozovic MOTM (7.5): Scored two goals of paramount importance, a beautiful first to break the stalemate and a second tidy finish to finally tuck Genoa into bed. Epic Brozo.
Antonio Candreva (6): Candreva wasn’t as dangerous as he’s been in previous games, but his quality on the ball made him a threat for Genoa every time he held possession.
Eder Martins (5): A very anonymous game from the Italian Brazilian, who did hardly anything and was substituted after only 45 minutes.
Mauro Icardi (6): A solid game from Icardi whom, despite receiving little or no service, was able to create some opportunities for himself and also for his teammates.
Rodrigo Palacio (5): Palacio only played 10 minutes more than Eder, but the same judgement applies almost identically.
Felipe Melo (6): Pioli put him on to make Inter’s midfield more compact and that’s exactly what he did.
Ivan Perisic (6): The Croatian didn’t have too much time to shine, but he combined well with Icardi to put pressure on Genoa.
Ever Banega (N/A): The player was not on the pitch long enough to be judged.
Stefano Pioli (6): Inter’s first half was lacking in structure and in defensive composure and Pioli, conscious that something was not working, was good to bring Melo on the pitch in the second half. Nonetheless, he can be said to have been saved by individualities as opposed to great team play.