Covid-19 decimated Inter Antonio Conte and made the Milan derby much more interesting than he would have been if the two teams were in complete formations. Another coincidence that increases the uncertainty is the date of play: immediately after the return of the football players from their national teams.
Experience teaches us that the biggest surprises in Serie A happen right after the breaks due to the performance of national teams. On the side of Inter are tradition (Inter has 14 more victories in Serie A) a positive series that lasts four years (the last coach of Milan who was looking forward to victory over Inter in Serie A was Sinisa Mihajlovic in 2016), the quality of the team and the halo of winners Antonio Conte.
Moreover, if the helmsman of Nerazuri wins three points tonight, he will become the first coach in the history of Inter to win the first three derbies (in Italy, only clashes between teams from the same city are called derbies) Inter's weaknesses are verified in defense.
Handanovic has already taken the ball out of the net six times: two goals per game. Also, the Slovenian goalkeeper showed the first signs of relaxation at the start of this season years ago. The captain is 36 years old and this is probably his last season in which he will be guaranteed a starter position.
In that context, the absence of Bastoni and Skriniar is even more painful for Conte. D’Ambrosio and Kolarov showed against Fiorentina that they are not doing well in the role of defenders: “blanket” Ribery played with them as if they were beginners and hardened football players.
The absence of Young is not a good sign either, Perišić cannot cover the entire left flank.
In the middle of the field, you can see what it means to have a long bench. Inter will miss Sensi, Gagliardini, Nainngolan and Vecino, but Conte will be able to perform a respectable midfield.
He will even allow himself the luxury of leaving Christian Eriksen on the bench. The good news for Nerazzurri includes the health condition of Alexis Sanchez, who will be on the bench, ready to jump in if he needs to in the last 15-20 minutes.
Inter's striking song remains the attacking tandem of Lukaku - Lautaro Martinez. The Belgian and the Argentine started the new season in great style: they have already entered the list of scorers three times, and in the previous two weeks they have been typing a goal-scoring card in the Red Devils and Gauchos jersey.
Filip Stanković will also be sitting on the Inter bench, since Radu is positive for Covid - 19. Dejan Stanković's son will be the third goalkeeper. In the starting line-up of Inter, the players who could bring an advantage and be surprises from the background are Hakimi and Barela.
The Moroccan is qualitatively the most important reinforcement in the Conte team this summer, and Barela is by far the best Inter player at the start of this season. The young midfielder also showed in the Italian jersey that he is in great shape. One thing is for sure: an interesting duel awaits us and we hope for a game with a lot of goals.