Three takeaways from AS Roma 2-4 Inter: Nerazzurri prove Scudetto credentials, Roma have cause for hope

Inter impressed once again as they overcame AS Roma to extend their lead at the top of the Serie A table, but there was plenty of positives for the Giallorossi to take from the game.

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Inter secured an impressive 4-2 victory over an in-form AS Roma in Matchday 24 of Serie A at the Stadio Olimpico.

An early Francesco Acerbi header looked to have set the visitors on their way to the win, only for Roma to hit back through Gianluca Mancini and Stephan El Shaarawy.

However, Inter turned the match on it’s head once more after half-time through Marcus Thuram and an Angelino own goal, before Alessandro Bastoni wrapped up the victory in stoppage time.

AS Roma defender Gianluca Mancini celebrates after scoring (@OfficialASRoma)

Inter navigate difficult fixture list

Inter arrived in the capital ready to take on a rejuvenated Roma side who have found a new lease of life under Daniele De Rossi, and for a short time it appeared that they were set to be the fourth victim of the ex-midfielder turned coach.

Yet despite trailing at the interval, the Nerazzurri showed the resolve to turn the game on it’s head and display why they are looking like the favourites to win the Serie A title this season. After a tough start few weeks in which they have successfully navigated consecutive fixtures against Fiorentina, Juventus, and Roma, Inter have a more favourable run-in to come.

With an impressive display against Roma, Simone Inzaghi‘s side can now look kick on with their title charge when they face Salernitana, Lecce and Genoa within their next four games.

AS Roma players celebrate after Stephan El Shaarawy scores (@OfficialASRoma)

Positive signs for Roma

The decision to dump Jose Mourinho and bring De Rossi in last month has paid off for Roma so far, with the Lupi looking more disciplined and offering a greater attacking threat, whilst also enjoying a far more tranquil atmosphere at the club.

With three wins from his first three matches, De Rossi was looking to bolster his chances of landing the job beyond the end of the season by derailing a runaway Inter side and despite the scoreline his management of the game impressed.

Roma remain in the Champions League qualification hunt and the coach is getting the best out of the likes of Lorenzo Pellegrini and El Shaarawy, making him an increasingly viable long-term option at the Stadio Olimpico.

Inter’s Federico Dimarco and Marcus Thuram celebrate. [@Inter_en]

Thuram shines again

The argument for the Serie A signing of the season is starting to look like a one-horse race after Thuram netted his ninth goal of the campaign.

Brought in as a free agent from Borussia Monchengladbach, the Inter forward has made an immediate impact in Italy and his link-up play with Lautaro Martinez has been crucial to the club’s success.

Despite a quiet first half, Thuram burst into life when his side needed him and took his goal well, before forcing Angelino to turn the ball into his own net and guide Inter to victory. With Marko Arnautovic and Alexis Sanchez struggling to contribute in attack, Thuram‘s impact up front has made him one of the most cost-effective additions in Serie A’s recent history.

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