A defensive Inter squad came out on top over a tough Bologna side with a winner in the 82nd minute by Gabriel Barbosa to keep Inter in fourth place with 48 points, three points behind Napoli in third place with 51 points.
Here’s how we rated Stefano Pioli’s Inter:
Samir Handanovic (6.5): Another well-deserved clean sheet for the Slovenian keeper. Saved a few sure chances and distributed well.
Jeison Murillo (5): Didn’t look particularly great or bad. Subbed out in the 54th minute with what looked like a slight knock.
Gary Medel (6): Medel’s ability to play out of the back and out of tight spaces is integral to this Inter side.
Joao Miranda (6): Another solid performance from the Brazilian center back. Received a yellow card, though, and will miss Inter’s next match against Roma.
Danilo D’ambrosio (6):Wonderfully assisted Gabigol in the 82nd minute with a low cross. Kept his area clean and neat.
Antonio Candreva (5.5): Was always lively down the right wing but his crosses never found teammates. Subbed off in the 74th for Barbosa.
Roberto Gagliardini (5): A quieter match than usual for the Italian midfielder. Still, Gagliardini held his own and always seemed to win the contests he found himself in.
Eder (5): The Italian was all over the Bologna final third. Always seemed to be one step behind, though.
Joao Mario (5.5): The Portuguese was asked to stay closer to his defense today which might’ve hindered his play a bit. Still found himself surging up the field at times nd creating plays.
Ivan Perisic (5.5): A constant outlet on the left flank. Whipped crosses in all game long.
Rodrigo Palacio (5): Always involved in Inter’s build up, just couldn’t get to the end of any balls at the end of the day. Subbed off in the 74th minute for Banega.
Christian Ansaldi (5): Came on in the 54th minute and held his own down left flank once he and D’Ambrosio switched sides.
MOTM Gabriel Barbosa (6.5): Gabigol. The Brazilian is slowly but surely finding his groove in this Inter squad. He’s calm and confident on the ball, making intelligent passes and holding up play wonderfully. Earned the title of Gabigol today with his first Serie A goal which ended up being the match winner. Did more in 25 minutes than the whole Inter attack did in 90 minutes. Pioli will have some tough decisions to make from now on. It seems as if Gabigol has arrived.
Ever Banega (6): The Inter midfielder was only given 25 minutes to work with, but he made a difference in the final third which ultimately gave Inter the win. Cut the defense like butter with a through-ball to D’Ambrosio who would then assisted Gabigol. It is moments like these where one has to wonder if he should really be starting games on the bench.
Stefano Pioli (8.5): Yet another game in which his substitutes were directly involved in a winning goal. Pioli’s ability to see what Inter is missing on the pitch in the moment and then make the right changes was missed for the past few seasons. Banega, a substitute, wonderfully passed a ball through the right side of the Bologna defense to D’Ambrosio who was moved over to the right flank by Pioli during the second half, and D’Ambrosio crossed it to Barbosa, another substitute, for the goal. Inter’s winner was a direct result of Pioli’s vision. It also should be noted that, after the two losses under Pioli’s squad, Inter has fired back instead of letting dropped points get to their heads, which was another huge problem with previous Inter squads.