The defensive struggles of Inter and AC Milan can decide the Derby Della Madonnina tonight. Both city rivals are struggling to catch Napoli in the title race. So Supercoppa Italiana would be crucial as there is a chance that this could be the only trophy they win this year. The Rossoneri are out of Coppa Italia so they will take this game seriously. However, both teams have been struggling in defense this season, and it could play a big role in tonight’s game.
The Rossoneri are struggling with their defensive options this season. After Alessio Romagnoli’s departure from the club as a free agent, Pioli did not invest in a new defender. While Simon Kjaer has been struggling with his knee injury for a while now. This leaves the former Inter manager with only five options in defense. Fikayo Tomori, Kjaer, Matteo Gabbia, Pierre Kalulu and Malick Thiaw.
Pioli only has three center-backs that have the quality and are mostly available. Last season, Pierre Kalulu and Fikayo Tomori carried the defense for AC Milan and won them the Scudetto after more than a decade. But now, Pioli is struggling to keep them fresh as he has limited options.
Defensive struggles of Inter and AC Milan this season
The Nerazzurri have the problem of conceding too many goals and lacking concentration in important phases of the game. Inter Milan have been inconsistent this season, and have conceded simple goals which cost them points. Moreover, the form of Skriniar, De Vrij, and Acerbi is an issue for Inzaghi.
The Nerazzurri struggle in transition as they usually keep a high line against mid-table opponents. They have found the holes in Inter’s defense, and spam long diagonal balls behind the wing-backs. However, in the Champions League Inter have used a different approach. Inzaghi drops his defensive line and makes a compact block. So this pragmatic approach has brought them success in the Champions League.