Three takeaways from Torino 0-3 Inter: Nerazzurri’s superb away record, Thuram and Martinez strike again

Inter maintained their perfect away record with a win over Torino, as Lautaro Martinez and Marcus Thuram impressed in attack whilst Yann Sommer was solid in goal.

Inter striker Marcus Thuram celebrates after scoring (@Inter)

Inter were comfortable winners at the Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino in Matchday 9 of Serie A, as they recorded a 3-0 victory over Torino.

A tense match was settled in the second half as Marcus Thuram swept home from inside the box on the hour mark, before Lautaro Martinez doubled the advantage minutes later with a back-post header from a corner.

Hakan Calhanoglu‘s penalty deep into stoppage time wrapped up the points for the Nerazzurri to send them above AC Milan at the summit of the table.

Inter invincible on the road

Inter returned to the top of the Serie A table with the win over Torino and their climb to the summit has been built on a superb away record, with Simone Inzaghi’s side winning their last five games on the road.

Indeed, the Nerazzurri have only failed to win one of their last eight away games and have not conceded a single goal away from the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza this season. Their five consecutive clean sheets is their best run since 1972, and it is clear that a robust defensive unit is set to be the backbone of their title challenge.

Trips to AS Roma and Atalanta immediately after a Champions League clash against Red Bull Salzburg in midweek will be tougher tests of that imperious away record, but Inter will be full of confidence for those encounters.

Inter captain Lautaro Martinez on the ball (@Inter)

Thuram and Martinez partnership clicking

Since his arrival from Borussia Monchengladbach as a free agent in the summer, Thuram has been provider-in-chief for Inter with five assists in Serie A this season. Yet the Frenchman was in amongst the scorers in Turin, calmly slotting in from a Denzel Dumfries cutback in the second half to net his fourth goal since his arrival.

Thuram has formed a blossoming partnership in attack with Martinez and has begun to fill the void left by Romelu Lukaku and Edin Dzeko by providing the perfect foil for the Nerazzurri captain.

Meanwhile, few strikers in Serie A can boast the instinctiveness and eye for a goal of Martinez, and the Argentine headed in his sixth goal in four league matches to secure victory. The ex-Racing Club man has taken on the responsibility of leading Inter’s scudetto push to great effect and is proving himself to be arguably Serie A’s most deadly attacker.

Inter forward Marcus Thuram wins a header (@Inter)

Sommer proving his worth

Biscione fans were understandably concerned in the summer when star goalkeeper Andre Onana departed for Manchester United after just a single, and spectacular season, whilst Samir Handanovic retired.

The signing of Yann Sommer from Bayern Munich was seen as little more than a stop-gap, with the 34-year-old Switzerland international in place whilst Inter searched for a better fit going forward.

Yet Sommer has proven to be an astute and reliable acquisition, with the veteran rescuing Inter on numerous occasions in the first half with acrobatic saves to deny Torino and keep the match goalless. It is no coincidence that the brilliant defensive record Inzaghi‘s side enjoy, particularly in away games, has come with Sommer as the last line.