The Nerazzurri have started their pre-season with Inter vs Al Nassr in Japan. They got much-needed game practice as many players looked out of touch. Al-Nassr have played a few games previously, which was evident as they were up to speed. Meanwhile, Inter looked lethargic and lacked energy in different phases of the game. But there were positives to take from this game, as the new players seem to be settling well in Inzaghi’s system.
Inter had a slow start to the game, and just like last season, they are battling the inertia to get back into the match rhythm. After last season’s success, there are huge expectations from this team. However, some issues need to be addressed in the pre-season. Inter had a disjointed press, as only a few players were looking to go ahead. Also, Correa was awful with his finishing, as he missed multiple chances.
Al Nassr looked better in possession in the first half. The former Inter midfielder Brozovic was bossing the midfield for the Saudi Club, along with Talisca. Inter lacked cohesion and were lacking concentration in defense at moments. Talisca constructed the first goal, as Ronaldo dropped to create space. Talisca played a brilliant ball over the top for Ghareeb, who made the run into the space and finished calmly.
Inter vs Al Nassr 1-1 Match Review
The Nerazzurri did have some positives to take from the game. Inter finally have a midfielder that can ghost into the box and finish chances. Al Nassr were playing with a narrow shape as their winger inverted. This gave space to Dumfries and Gosens to put the ball into the box. The Dutch defender found Frattesi making the run, and the Italian midfielder scored his first goal for the Nerazzurri.
Yann Bisseck was also impressive in defense, however, he lacked positional awareness as he stepped out of the backline at times. Inzaghi changed the lineup for the second half. The tempo of the game slowed down, and Thuram showed some spark with his electric runs. But Inzaghi and the company have a lot of work to do before the season starts.