Inter beat Sassuolo by the score of 1-0 at the Stadio Mapei Sunday afternoon.
Here is how we rated Stefano Pioli’s squad:
Samir Handamovic (5): Made some great saves and distributed well. Deserved clean sheet.
Danilo D’Ambrosio (5.5): Kept his area relatively spotless.
Joao Miranda (6): Directed his defense effectively while earning a clean sheet.
Jeison Murillo (5): Looked shaky in the first half but bounced back in the second half making some key tackles.
Antonio Candreva (6): Scored the sole goal in the contest off a rebound and his defensive work rate down the right side of the pitch was impressive.
Marcelo Brozovic (5): A quieter match from the Croatian. Still directed the midfield and distributed well.
Felipe Melo (4.5): Of course, the Brazilian displayed heart and grit. And, ultimately, it was a bit much, as he’d get sent off in the dying stages of the match.
Christian Ansaldi (5): Played as a left midfielder but found himself in the left back position for a better portion of the match. When he got into attacking positions, he was dangerous.
Joao Mario (5.5): A higher placed position for the Portuguese yielded some impressive runs. Came off in the 69th minute for Ever Banega.
Ivan Perisic (5): Could’ve had a couple of goals. He’ll want those chances back. Overall, a dangerous performance from the Croat.
Mauro Icardi (5): Got involved in Inter attacks by mostly making space for others by drawing defenders out of positions.
Ever Banega (5): Came on for Joao Mario to keep the Sassuolo defense pinned back.
Gabriel Barbosa (N/A): Came on in the 91st minute to waste time and effectively did so, earning a yellow card in the process.
Stefano Pioli (6): Slowly but surely, the Italian is forming Inter in his own vision.