How to score against Inter
January 20, 2024
Inter have conceded the least amount of goals (10) in Europe’s big 5 leagues. I watched back all the goals they conceded in the Serie A, and they showed us two repeatable patterns to score against them.
Sassuolo showed the power of an overlap when Inter sit further back in their own half. They were the only team to manipulate Inter’s shape and break down their structure, in open play.
That overlap pins Dimarco and isolates the second defender wide with the ball carrier, opening space for the third man run into the box or space to dribble into the right half-space.
Those two goals were it. Like last season, Inter are very organized defensively and hard to breakdown. The rest of the goals were either from a set-piece, mistake, or a turnover.
Game-state plays a big part in some of these goals. Inter have a tendency to play at a slower pace and make uncharacteristic mistakes, like this one above, when they’re up by one or two goals.
Inter are up two goals to AC Milan, and their second line becomes more lax. A quick line-breaking pass is enough to break their structure. They leave a massive gap between their back line and second line. If you can get it in quick, there’s a good chance you can catch them out.
That gap between the second line and back line is a theme in both of these goals against Juventus and Hellas Verona.
They commit a lot of players forward to their front line, and leave a massive gap between their first and back line. That leaves them vulnerable when Dumfries makes a mistake and even when a simple aerial duel is lost in the Hellas Verona’s half.
Both lead to a turnover and then the quick counter results in a goal.
The first repeatable pattern is the overlap to open the right half-space, when Inter sit back.
Hope to score from a set-piece or penalty kick.
The second repeatable pattern is to force a turnover in either half, quickly play the ball central, and then get the ball to a player in the front line. Two passes.
AC Milan tried to take advantage of this vulnerability on the counter last season in the Champions League but failed to convert those chances into a goal.