Three takeaways from Inter 2-1 Genoa: Nerazzurri juggernaut almost stalled by complacency but midfield impress again

Inter's midfield impressed once again as the Nerazzurri moved 15 points clear at the top of the Serie A table with a 2-1 win over Genoa in Matchday 27.


Inter moved ever closer to the Serie A title after sealing a 2-1 win over Genoa at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza in Matchday 27 on Monday evening.

The Nerazzurri took the lead as Kristjan Asllani finished off a fine team move, before Alexis Sanchez netted his first league goal of the season from the penalty spot.

Genoa looked to fight back in the second half though and reduced the deficit thanks to a fine Johan Vazquez volley, whilst Vitinha saw a goal chalked off for offside.

Inter’s scudetto turning into procession

After Napoli romped to the title last term, it looks to be Inter‘s turn to make a mockery of the title race as they moved 15 points clear at the top of the Serie A table with just 11 games remaining.

Taking advantage of Juventus‘ defeat to Napoli, the Nerazzurri extended their lead over the second-placed Turin club and it’s now a question of when they will win the title rather than if. Indeed, Simone Inzaghi‘s side could have it all wrapped up when they face bitter rivals AC Milan in Matchday 33, to add the cherry on top of the scudetto cake.

With such devastating form, Inter can focus on their Champions League exploits and look to go one better than their defeat to Manchester City in last season’s final.

Inter forward Alexis Sanchez celebrates a goal (@Inter)

Midfield riches

Much of Inter‘s best play this season has come from the middle of the park, with preferred trio Nicolo Barella, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and Hakan Calhanoglu complementing each other perfectly. The latter was ruled out against Genoa but it made no difference, with replacement Asllani impressing and opening the scoring with a well-taken finish.

Few teams in Europe can boast the midfield options that the Biscione can and they once again proved how pivotal controlling the centre of the pitch is. Asllani and Barella were constantly making bursts from deep and causing havoc for Genoa, resulting in a goal for the former and a penalty for a foul on the latter.

With such strength in depth, including Davide Frattesi and Davy Klaassen in reserve, it is easy to see why Inter are looking unstoppable at the moment.

Inter midfielder Kristjan Asllani celebrates after scoring (@Inter)

Complacency concerns

Despite the win and the clear daylight at the top of the table, Inter must be wary of becoming complacent after a underwhelming second half performance.

The Nerazzurri struggled to fashion chances and found themselves pushing back waves of Genoa attacks after the break, with the intensity of the opening 45 minutes nowhere near being matched.

With tougher tests ahead, particularly in the Champions League, Inter cannot afford to take their foot off the gas in such a manner or risk seeing a historic season on multiple fronts fail to live up to potential.


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