Inter is the first finalist of the Champions League! They didn’t give Milan a chance.
Anatoly Romanov May 17, 2023 00:05 UTC Audio version: Your browser does not support the audio element.
Inzaghi’s team completely outplayed the rival in the derby.
Inter is in the Champions League final! The Nerazzurri showed that they were much stronger than Milan at the end of the season.
The main novelty regarding the first match of these rivals is the return to the Milan squad after Rafael Leau’s injury. Without the Portuguese, the Rossoneri had an empty drum. Stefano Pioli’s team could not score a single goal and lost with a score of 0:2. But this time Bennacer was not there, who was out for at least six months due to a knee injury. At Inter, of course, the same 11 people appeared on the field.
The game started in an original way: three attacks by Inter – three fouls in the attack on the opponent’s goal. If someone was expecting strong pressure and an assault from Milan, then there was nothing like it. Simone Inzaghi’s team calmly defended in the central block and, for example, Dumfries hung on the legs of the same Leau even in some situations when the Portuguese moved from the flank to the center. As a result, the Rossoneri created just one chance in the first 38 minutes, and even that was due to a mistake by Mkhitaryan. However, in this episode, Heinrich, like other Inter players, probably thought that referee Turpin would whistle for a foul on Barella. As soon as Díaz forgave the hosts for not scoring from where they usually do, the Nerazzurri attacked the referee like a pack of bandits. Previously, Turpin had already made a number of controversial decisions that did not favor them. Everyone remembered that before the match the appointment of a Frenchman for a team match with a whole group of Frenchmen in the lineup was discussed – “Milan”.
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As for Mkhitaryan, he had no luck at all in this match. The Armenian midfielder did not even finish the game before the break – he was injured and was replaced by Brozovich. But the Mkhitaryan-Barella-Chalkhanoglu triangle worked very well again. Inter broke Milan’s pressure attempts, including due to the fresh movement of the ball from their centers. What’s more, Heinrich himself could have scored, but then again, it wasn’t his day. In the first half, Inter even beat Milan (7-4) and was no less close to the goal than Pioli’s team. But both opponents hit the mark only once. The Rossoneri attacking trio rarely found the ball, and specifically on the home side’s goal line, apart from Díaz, Giroud and Leau they did so only once. However, the Portuguese created a moment for himself in the 38th minute, when he displayed his incredible speed strike and simply missed the far corner. True, at the beginning of the episode, perhaps, he fouled, played along with his hand. So it is not a fact that the goal would have been counted.
From the game after the break, it was hard to imagine what words Pioli said to his players in the locker room. Milan had no ideas in attack. Even with crosses, things were very bad: of the first ten, only one reached the addressee. Although the Rossoneri could create space for the full-backs to play against a 5-3-2 formation if the wingers of Messias and Leau plant their opponents Dimarco and Dumfries deep. And for fast ball spins. But this did not happen. Inter blocked everything. During half time, Milan could only think of one thing in attack: Leau, feeling Dumfries’ hand on his body, took a penalty. Such 11 meters are rarely given in the Champions League semifinals. As a result, there are no questions for Turpin.
But Inter’s counter-attacks quickened with the departure of Lukaku in place of the tired Dzeko. And it was the Belgian who was the author of an assist for Martínez in the 73rd minute. It seemed that Lukaku was already groping with the ball in the Rossoneri area and was going to lose it, but in the end, together with the captain, they decided the episode. The defenders of “Milan” hung up, Kalyulya for some reason left Martinez. Perhaps he thought that the Argentine would go into an offside position, but in any case, this is a mistake: it means that he incorrectly assessed the position of his defensive teammates.
This goal cleared up all doubts about the outcome of the two-game duel in the Milan derby. Inter reached the Champions League final, as Pioli’s team could only win back three goals in 20 minutes with such a game on one condition: that the Nerazzurri suddenly leave the field. The guests in the second half never hit the target on the target hosts. Nobody expected Inzaghi’s team in the European Cup final, but the only important thing is that she saw herself there. Perhaps she will also surprise those who are convinced that the Champions League winner plays in a Man City-Real Madrid duo.