In a game that many expected to be a walk in the park for Inter, the Nerazzurri struggled to click in a few areas away at RB Salzburg. This was not an issue though, as they still ran out 1-0 victors on Matchday 4 of Champions League Group D thanks to a late penalty from the increasingly-reliable Lautaro Martinez.

For a neutral, it was a very entertaining and balanced game, yet it missed the essential ingredient – goals. Then again, Inter did well to defend an exciting Salzburg side and, on the flipside, were unlucky to convert on several occasions. It didn’t matter too much in the end as, five minutes from full-time, talisman Lautaro Martinez converted from the spot to seal the win.

The Nerazzurri have progressed to the knockout stages and have done so while being able to rotate and rest some players in the squad, which in turn allowed other players to get much-needed minutes under their belts as well.

Lautaro Martinez celebrates after an away goal for Inter in the Champions League. (@Inter)

Yann Aurel Bisseck: Inter seemingly strike gold again

Inter brought in Yann Aurel Bisseck with a view of the future. However, with his performance on Wednesday evening, the young defender proved that he is ready to go for Inter

With Benjamin Pavard injured and Denzel Dumfries rested, Simone Inzaghi handed the 22-year-old his first-ever Champions League start. Yet, it never felt like it was his first appearance in the competition, let alone start.

Bisseck looked a perfect fit for Inzaghi‘s system in a way that would be expected of a new arrival with relatively little experience either in the team or in Europe’s elite club competition. 

The German will know he is not likely to be a mainstay in the defence. However, for his first competitive start in a Nerazzurri shirt, he made a fine impression that will last in Inzaghi and Inter fans’ memories for a while.

Inter target Karim Konate impresses against them

Coming up against Salzburg‘s Karim Konate, Inter were facing a player that they are known to have an interest in.

Before the game, Giuseppe Marotta spoke to Prime about the forward, saying: “We appreciate and monitor him like we do with many young talents. Konate is on our list and he is a target for other clubs too.” After Wednesday’s performance, Konate will likely be even more appreciated by those in Milan. 

Although he did not score, he showed a lot of traits that Inter are looking for in a frontman. He is direct, quick, technical, and above all, a goal threat. While Inter already possess those traits in their attack, Konate is just 20 years old, which makes him a prime prospect for their long-term project. 

The Ivorian is believed to be available for around €20 million – a reasonable fee considering all of the factors involved. However, the Biscione will reportedly face competition from both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur if they enter the race to sign the striker.

Lautaro Martinez celebrates a Champions League goal away from home for Inter. (@Inter)

Inter, uh… find a way

It seemed for a while as though it was going to be one of those games for Inter – a game where they had chances but just could not find the net. 

Previously, the final result would likely have been a goalless draw. But this season Inter feel more capable than before of just getting the job done.

It was a similar story against AS Roma on Serie A Matchday 10, where they could not get what they so desperately yearned for. The result was the same: in the final 10 minutes, Inter prevailed. 

It may not always be the prettiest way of winning, but ask any winner and they’ll tell you it doesn’t matter. The sign of elite teams is the capability of winning ugly sometimes, and Inter does that.