The Italian Championship 2017/2018 edition presents this Sunday, October 15, one of its greatest classics. In the Giuseppe Meazza / San Siro stadium, Internazionale Milan will face each other in the eighth round match. The beginning is scheduled for 16:45 (Brasília time). Both clubs are boosted this season by millions of euros from Chinese investment funds.
The recent performance of Internazionale
Inter, so far, has shown that it has been able to take better advantage of the cash booster. With 19 points (six wins and one draw) he is unbeaten and showing signs that he can play for the title. He started the day of number eight in the third position.
Much criticized for failing to solidify Roma’s defensive system from where he was dismissed at the end of last season, coach Luciano Spalletti has not had that problem at Inter. With only three goals conceded, the team presents the less leaked defense of Serie A Italian.
Thanks to this performance has not yet suffered a defeat even in official matches. The undefeated series extends to 13 when preseason friendlies are included. Since July 21, he has won 11 wins and two draws.
For the Milanese classic, Spalletti has two medical doubts to define the squad of the team. Portugal defender João Cancelo (a match in the Serie A 2017/2018 season without a goal) and Croatia midfielder Marcelo Brozovic (five matches, two goals) are in injury treatment.
Cancelo must be out of the game due to a knee injury. Brozovic is still in need of a re-evaluation as he suffered a muscle injury while playing for Croatia in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers. He needed to leave the pitch early in the second half in a 1-1 draw with Finland, on October 6. He is most likely not to be released to perform on Sunday.
The current form of Milan
Milan’s two defeats in the classics they played at the beginning of the Italian season were enough to trigger a series of rumors about the safety of coach Vicenzo Montella in charge. Her situation became even more complicated due to the poor Bayern Munich campaign. For this reason, the German team dismissed coach Carlo Ancellotti, one of the greatest coaches in the history of red-black Milan.
It was enough for news to begin that Ancelotti could replace Montella soon enough. The veteran coach, however, dismissed the possibility. He said he should stay for 10 months on vacation and only go back to work next season.
Although that may be his intention, after the high investments made in hiring, hardly the new commanders of Milan will accept that the team make a campaign of half of table in the Italian Championship. With 12 points (four wins and three losses), the club opened the eighth round in seventh place, even outside the European Tournament classification zone.
The Milanese classic certainly should carry a greater weight in this evaluation of the cartolas in relation to the work of Inzaghi. The coach was further complicated by the suspension of midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu. He was sent off in the home defeat to Roma, 2-0, the previous day.
It should not be the only low for the match. Defenders Luca Antonelli (a performance in the Italian Championship 2017/2018, without a goal), Andrea Conti (two games, no goal) and Mateo Musacchio (five games, no goal) are handed over to the medical department; midfielder Giacomo Bonaventura (five games, no goal); and striker Nikola Kalinic (six games, two goals).
History of the bouts between Internazionale and Milan
The 2 to 2 was the score of the two classics of Milan in the season 2016/2017 of the Italian Championship.