After missing their chance to re-assume their position in the top four of Serie A following a disappointing goalless draw against Atalanta, Inter will be keen to rectify their recent, turbulent run of form.
Luciano Spalletti’s men host Cagliari on Tuesday, a team whose safety is still not assured as they pursue safety from the drop to Serie B at the end of the season. I Rossoblu have won only thrice in their last 10 games, beating fellow strugglers SPAL, Benevento and Udinese.
However, they did find themselves capable of taking points off Lazio in an impressive 2-2 draw, and so have proven themselves able to upset the odds, potentially seeing Inter’s poor run of form continue.
Here’s how Inter could line up for the visit of 14th placed Cagliari…
The same back four that kept a clean sheet in Bergamo over the weekend will likely reprise their roles in Inter’s back line as I Nerazzurri look to continue their admirable defensive record, having conceded only three goals in their previous 10 games.
Sloviakian starlet Milan Skriniar will continue to partner Miranda at the heart of defence, with the duo becoming regarded as one of Europe’s most formidable centre back partnerships.
Following his one game suspension for accruing too many yellow cards, Marcelo Brozovic returns to the starting lineup in the hopes of inspiring his side to an important victory.
Rafinha and Brozovic’s compatriot Ivan Perisic partner the influential 25-year-old behind the Inter attack. Between them, their combined creativity should surely be enough to break through Cagliari’s defence and cause some problems.
Having failed to score in his previous three outings, Mauro Icardi may feel as though he has a point to prove, with the Argentinian playing as the solitary striker.
However, the last time Icardi featured in a game at the San Siro he notched a brace as Inter claimed a 3-0 victory over 10-man Vernoa. As such, I Nerazzurri captain could get his name on the score sheet once again.