Three takeaways from Inter 1-2 Sassuolo: Wasteful Inter punished, patience in Dionisi paying off

Inter lost their concentration and suffered a Serie A defeat against Sassuolo despite dominating the first half, but it is a sign that patience is paying off for the Neroverdi.


Inter looked like they had the potential to run away with things in Serie A but a 2-1 Matchday 6 defeat against Sassuolo at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza has stopped them in their tracks.

Simone Inzaghi‘s side started the game by reaching Sassuolo‘s final third with incredible ease and it seemed like an inevitability that they would find the back of the net. They eventually did through Denzel Dumfries, but Sassuolo fought back in the second half with goals from Nedim Bajrami and Domenico Berardi.

Inter are still top of the table but AC Milan‘s win away at Cagliari means the sides are now level on points again, whilst Sassuolo have beaten Juventus and Inter in less than a week.

Inter punished for wasting possession

Inter’s Marcus Thuram sprints past Sassuolo’s Mattia Viti. [@Inter_en]

There has been a remarkable ruthlessness about Inter so far this season, which was really exhibited when they mercilessly put five goals past AC Milan. Against Sassuolo, they reverted back to last season, having all of the possession and chances but failing to make it pay.

Whilst Denzel Dumfries did give them a deserved half-time lead, Inter should really have been out of sight before Sassuolo got the chance to mount a comeback. It will be a concern for Simone Inzaghi that complacency and wastefulness may have crept in, especially given they only managed to beat Empoli 1-0 in the Serie A game before this one.

Dumfries shows his best and worst

Inter’s Denzel Dumfries. [@Inter_en]

Dutch defender Denzel Dumfries has enjoyed something of a renaissance this season as many Inter fans would have been happy to see him leave the club during the 2023 summer transfer window.

He is the type of player who has incredible highs and remarkable lows in terms of performance level. He showed in the first half just how dangerous he can be, marauding down the right wing and grabbing a rare left-footed goal.

In the second half, he was totally anonymous from an attacking perspective and the heavy touches and bad passes began to set in. That is the side of Dumfries that will always leave Inter fans wondering if there is better out there.

Sassuolo’s patience in Dionisi paying off

There was plenty of reason to sack Alessio Dionisi last season, especially by the usual standards of most Serie A clubs. The Neroverdi were failing to entertain and although they did end up finishing a fairly respectable 13th, it was not a season to remember by any means.

Despite that, Sassuolo stuck by Dionisi given he is a fairly young coach at 43 years old and they have played great football under him at times. The start to this season was mixed but victories over Juventus and Inter do not just happen, there are great players in that squad, Dionisi just needs to get the best out of them on a more consistent basis.


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