After success against Atalanta last weekend, Inter seem to have further proven their worth as they reached second place in Serie A behind Napoli.
Luciano Spalletti has revolutionised the Milan outfit after a few years of crisis, displaying a team of talented players who have finally found an internal harmony.
Despite having a positive defence, who have conceded only nine goals since the beginning of the year, Inter still need to work on their attack and to couple Mauro Icardi with someone who can share the goalscoring burden.
Saturday night’s match against Cagliari shouldn’t be particularly tough for the Nerazzurri, but it is vital for the title race. Spalletti is likely to feature his consolidated squad, who, so far, have proven to be effective.
At his fifth season with Internazionale, 33-year-old Handanovic is a pillar of the squad and a guide for his younger teammates. His reflexes are slowly starting to worsen, but his work so far has been generally laudable.
Inter and Napoli have the second-best defence in the league and this factor is indicative of how much Spalletti’s defenders have worked to improve.
Skriniar already has big European clubs knocking at his door but is nonetheless determined to continue at Inter, where he is often praised. Cancelo has only recently arrived in Milan but already looks a more promising defender than D’Ambrosio.
Miranda and Nagatomo have witnessed, and are responsible for, Inter’s glorious comeback this year, although it is quite clear that the club needs to invest in younger players in order to keep dreaming big.
Inter’s midfield is where things actually get interesting. Vecino, Gagliardini and Borja Valero have all joined the Milan recently, but it didn’t take them long to adapt and give this team the push they needed.
The Nerazzurri’s midfield is a fairly good balance between experienced men – Candreva, Valero and ever-improving Perisic – and young, quick players, Gagliardini and Vecino, who alternate to shield the defence and support Icardi.
Captain Mauro Icardi loves fooling his opponents and mocking them with impressive moves, a great sense of leadership and rapidity.
The Argentine 24-year-old has scored 13 goals in 13 Serie A matches, including three stunners against Milan at the San Siro derby, which automatically gave him the crown of king of Milan.
Eder may sometimes be of help, especially when coming up on the field in the last 20 minutes, but is never as a crucial player as Icardi.