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No Icardi. No Perisic. No problem. Inter took care of Empoli by a score of 2-0 rather confidently today. I nerazzurri now move to 4th place with 45 points, six points behind Napoli in 3rd with 51 points.

Here’s how we rated Stefano Pioli’s Inter:

Goalkeeper:

Samir Handanovic (6): Dealt with everything thrown his way. Another deserved clean sheet.

Defenders:

Joao Miranda (6): Solid performance from the Brazilian. Got involved in some attacks as well.

Jeison Murillo (6): Calm and collected at the back.

Gary Medel (6.5): Inter’s best defender on the ball today. Completely controlled the back line.

Midfielders:

Antonio Candreva (6.5): Made a day down the right flank. Got a secondary assist in the 14th minute on Eder’s goal. Got forward at every opportunity and made himself an option as well. Clinically finished a great cross from Eder to give Inter a 2-0 cushion in the 54th minute.

Roberto Gagliardini (6.5): Won every battle, completed every pass. Could’ve had a few goals if Empoli’s Skorupski didn’t have an unreal game between the sticks.

Geoffrey Kondogbia (6.5): Intelligent and calm on  the ball. Never seemed to miss a pass and was always aware of his surroundings. A joy to watch today.

Danilo D’Ambrosio (5):Was the most quiet of the Inter midfielders. Didn’t necessarily do anything wrong. Was subbed off at halftime for Christian Ansaldi.

Joao Mario (6): Moved the ball through Empoli’s half with ease and did everything in his power to make sure he kept possession.

Forwards:

Rodrigo Palacio (6): Assisted Eder’s opening goal in the 14th minute. Showed why he was chosen over Barbosa to start today. Was the Palacio of old.

Eder (7) MOTM: Scored off his chest in the easiest opportunity he’ll ever have to give i nerazzurri the lead in the 14th minute. This is the third goal in five games for the Brazilian-born Italian. Masterfully assisted Candreva in the 54th minute with an trivela cross. All around great performance from Eder.

Substitutes:

Christian Ansaldi (6): Much more involved in attacks than D’Ambrosio. Got forward and tracked back well.

Gabriel Barbosa (5): Came on in the 72nd for a reborn Palacio. Got a few shots off and helped kill the clock in the process.

Andrea Pinamonti (5): The youngster’s Serie A debut came in the 80th minute and he had a well-taken shot saved late in injury time.

Coach:

Stefano Pioli (7): It was unsure how Inter would line up without two of their most important players in Icardi and Perisic. Pioli’s squad played as a team and confidently silenced Empoli in today’s match. The only negative Pioli could take away from this match was that Inter didn’t score as much as they should have.

 

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