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I nerazzurri beat Palermo 1-0 in an ugly, rain drenched match that left both sides with 10 men by the final whistle.

Here is how we rated Stefano Pioli’s side:

Goalkeeper:

Samir Handanovic (5): Did not have a shot on target to worry about. A spectator.

Defenders:

Danilo D’Ambrosio (5): Was the better of the Inter full backs tonight, however, with Ansaldi’s performance, not a hard title to obtain.

Jeison Murillo (6.5): A relatively quiet game for Inter center back in a sense that he did everything with a quiet confidence. Hardly had an attack to deal with. Never gave Palermo a chance.

Joao Miranda (6.5): Was a brick wall for the entirety of the match. Diligently went about his business.

Christian Ansaldi (3): Was lost today. Received a red card  in the 80th minute after going into a crunching tackle. Looked completely out of control today.

Midfielders:

Roberto Gagliardini (6): The young Italian was, again, a key piece in the Inter midfield. Could’ve had an assist or two and a goal but was unlucky. His ability to stay calm and find an outlet is incredibly important to this Inter side and it showed today. His composure on the ball is second to none.

Marcelo Brozovic (4.5): Seemed to just exist in the midfield. Looked dangerous in the box in one instance but, overall, did not seem up for the match.

Ever Banega (5): Was Inter’s best passer while on the pitch. The crosses he whipped in found bodies but those bodies couldn’t find the net. Subbed off for Joao Mario in the 55th minute.

Forwards:

Antonio Candreva MOTM (7): Was a constant threat down the wing today. His crosses always found targets. Wonderfully whipped in a ball with his weak foot to Joao Mario who beautifully converted the assist. The Italian has scored once and assisted twice in the last three matches for Inter.

Ivan Perisic (5): Did not seem to be the Croatian’s day as it had been for the past few matches. Came off in the 77th minute for Geoffrey Kondogbia.

Mauro Icardi (5.5): Instead of being a ghost in a match that he didn’t score, the Inter captain has been slowly but surely involving himself into matches whether it be getting on the wing to help an attack or getting back into the midfield to help put pressure. This is encouraging to see from the Argentine who, years prior, would not have put this much effort into helping out around the pitch.

Substitutes:

Joao Mario (6.5): Came on in the 55th minute for Ever Banega and immediately made an impact by scoring a wonderfully timed volley to give Inter the lead. His distribution and the way he carries the ball.

Geoffrey Kondogbia (5): Came on to clog up Palermo’s options in the midfield and did just that.

Davide Santon (5): Closed out the remainder of the match well.

Coach:

Stefano Pioli (7): His substitutes have scored 3 goals and assisted 2 in the last four matches. The Italian’s ability to figure out what the Inter on the pitch is missing and then utilizing his bench is truly imposing. Received his marching orders in the 80th minute after arguing with the referee.

After today’s result, Inter sit in 5th place; leapfrogging AC Milan. Il Biscione will be without coach Stefano Pioli against Pescara.

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