Inter, three solutions without Calhanoglu: Mkhitaryan, Gagliardini and Asllani

Inter, three solutions without Calhanoglu: Mkhitaryan, Gagliardini and Asllani
Inter, three solutions without Calhanoglu: Mkhitaryan, Gagliardini and Asllani
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Out the Turkish, the Armenian favorite for the match in Udine. But the other two alternatives provide an already well-established (and winning) formula

Not one but three reserve cards in Inzaghi’s deck. At the Nerazzurri there is a sudden need to overcome Calhanoglu’s stoppage, stopped by a distraction to the flexor remedied in training, but the coach has a fair range of alternative options at his disposal. The summer market has achieved the goal of raising the average level of the squad, guaranteeing the technician alternatives of quality and perspective, now it is simply a matter of drawing on the resources available as needed. In a nutshell, Inzaghi will have to decide how to redesign the median for the match in Udine, being able to choose between Mkhitaryan, Gagliardini and Asllani, all solutions already tested.


The order reflects the current market, because the Armenian seems to have a clear advantage to take the place of the Turkish. Given that a lot will depend on the willingness to adapt to the opponent or not, Mkhitaryan is what comes closest to Calha for technical characteristics and tactical aptitudes. Compared to the latter, the former Giallorossi guarantees a lower presence in the coverage phase and also a lower dynamism, but raises the rate of unpredictability by increasing offensive solutions. So far Inzaghi has used him twice out of two in the Champions League (starter both against Bayern and Viktoria Plzen) and three in the league (out of four in which he was available), with always quite satisfactory results. Furthermore, the fact that Inzaghi has made him enter in the place of the Turkish in the last two outings against Turin and Viktoria speaks volumes, a sign that – at least now – the former Giallorossi represents the first alternative to Calha to accompany Brozovic and Barella.


The Armenian is also the one who has collected the most minutes so far: 235 ‘on the pitch against Gagliardini’s 119’ and Asllani’s 29 ‘, moreover with the “handicap” of a muscular problem that forced him to forfeit on the occasion of the second and third day of the championship. This does not mean that the other two also have the chance to take Calha’s place, starting with that Gagliardini who must be forgiven for the bad night at the Olimpico, his last appearance as a starter in the league. Placed right in the place of the Turk, that evening the Bergamo player made water on all sides, but Inzaghi also remembers well the match in Udine last year, the one immediately following the daring knockout with Bologna, with a great reaction test to which he also contributed Gaglia (for the occasion lined up as owner alongside Brozovic and Barella). In short, the experiment gave conflicting results, but Inzaghi knows what he can have from Gaglia, especially valuable if you prefer to take care of the containment phase and give substance to the median.



The middle way, a sort of compromise between the strong offensive characteristics of Mkhitaryan and the more defensive ones of Gagliardini, is represented by Asllani, who, however, paws to show off after the scarce space obtained so far. Used as deputy Brozovic in the only three appearances reserved for him, the former Empoli has shown in the summer tests that he can also try his hand at the role of mezzala, with particularly beneficial effects on the fluidity of the maneuver and the circulation of the ball. Of the three options available, Asllani is perhaps the least likely, due to the poor running-in combined with the delicacy of the commitment. Because today’s Udinese represents an insidious obstacle, certainly more than it has been in the last ten years. This, at least, says the current standings, with the Friulians fourth just one point from the trio in command. But the Albanian is not the type whose legs are shaking, he proved it by immediately descending with personality into the new Nerazzurri reality. If it’s his turn in Udine, Asllani will answer present. It just depends on the type of game that Inzaghi wants to set up.

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September 16, 2022 (change September 16, 2022 | 14:30)


The article is in Italian

Tags: Inter solutions Calhanoglu Mkhitaryan Gagliardini Asllani

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