Tactical Analysis: Internazionale v AC Milan

There are plenty of interesting looking matches around the world this weekend, but Globall Coach has chosen to take a closer look at the Milan derby which takes place on Sunday evening at the Giuseppe Meazza stadium between two in-form teams.

Inter sit in 3rd position in the Serie A standings with Milan down in 10th. This statistic doesn’t tell the full story, however, with Gennaro Gattuso’s team having played a game fewer than their city rivals. Victory in the derby would put them just a solitary point behind Luciano Spalletti’s side.

So, let’s take a look at how the teams are likely to set up. Starting with Inter, they will play in a 4-2-3-1 formation with captain Mauro Icardi the focal point in attack, supported from a deeper position, more often than not, by Matteo Politano.

In the midfield, they do not possess much natural width, so the threat in the wide areas will come from both full backs getting forward when they can to out crosses into the box. They are free to do this with the protection of the two holding midfield players, likely to be Matias Vecino and Marcelo Brozovic, who can drop in to offer defensive stability should possession be conceded.

Their opposition will likely set up similarly, although they have a bit more width in the more attacking areas. Suso and Hakan Calhanoglu are happy in those wide areas, and when the ball is on the other side, expect them to drift infield to offer support to Gonzalo Higuain.

Another goal threat comes from Giacomo Bonaventura who likes to get forward from midfield and get shots away from outside the penalty area.

As well as being a competitive derby game, both sides go into the fixture in a good run of form. Inter have won each of their last six matches including their opening two Champions League matches. Milan are unbeaten in eight matches (five wins and three draws), so it is all set up nicely for a great game.

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Paul Harper