ZERO PULL A GOAL – The moral, at the end of the first half, but also of the second, is a mockery for Inter because the Verona goes ahead without ever having pulled at least once in the mirror of Handanovic's goal. But if precision is lacking in the feet or on the head of the players of Conte, it is not possible to blame those of Juric that indeed have the great merit of defending themselves with order, trying to start off again as soon as possible. If anything, Inter is to blame for playing only in the middle, making little use of the side straps, because Biraghi is hardly seen on the left, but above all Lazaro on the right never crosses with the aggravating circumstance of never closing on Lazovic. So it's easy to rethink the last defeat to Borussia Dortmund, because Inter lack of speed and imagination, focusing only on grit and crosses from the frontline, which do not surprise the opposing defenders.
THE IMPORTANCE OF BANDS – The recovery is the natural continuation of the first half, because Inter try to break through the middle, again touching the draw with Lukaku. The only difference is Verona's greater willingness to seek the counter-attack that evidently scares Conte, good at relaunching Candreva, this time to the left, instead of Biraghi. The idea is to exploit the lateral bands and it is curious that the turning point, however, arrives from the opposite side. As a demonstration of the importance of this solution, Lazaro with his first decent cross finds Vecino's head that in a striker's position perfectly deflects the well-deserved 1-1 ball.
FINAL ASSAULT – At this point, pushed by the public, Inter started the assault of the winning goal, also because Verona struggled to get out of his half. Sticks forcing Silvestri to a difficult detour, but above all it is Lukaku who fails an easy chance, weakly deflecting in the arms of the goalkeeper out of the box. It looks like a haunted game and then Conte raises Esposito instead of the battered Lautaro Martinez. The 2-1 goal, however, comes from a midfielder and it is a great goal because Barella is centered and starts a champion right-footed that slips into the corner. Right, rightly so. And never mind if the success was more painful than expected. After all, this is precisely the winning spirit of Conte.
INTER-HELLAS VERONA 2-1, IL TABELLINO
Scorers: Verre (rig) 19 ’, Vecino 20’ s.t., Barella 38 ’s.t.
Inter: Handanovic; Skriniar, de Vrij, Bastoni; Lazaro (from 40 ’s.t. D’Ambrosio), Barella, Brozovic, Vecino, Biraghi (from 18’ s.t. Candreva); Lukaku, Lautaro (from 36 ’s.t. Esposito).
Hellas Verona: Silvestri; Rrahmani, Empereur, Gunter; Faraoni, Amrabat, Pessina, Lazovic; Zaccagni (from 5 ’s.t. Tutino), Verre (from 18’ s.t. Henderson); Salcedo (from 39 ’s.t. Stepinski).
Booked: Brozovic (I), Zaccagni (V), Lautaro (I), Barella (I)
Referee: Paolo Valeri (of the Rome Section)