Preview: Inter Milan vs. Torino

Preview: Inter Milan vs. Torino

After a week to forget at home and abroad, Inter Milan aim to bounce back against Torino on Saturday evening, in their third straight game at San Siro.

Beaten in both the Derby della Madonnina and their Champions League opener over the past few days, the Nerazzurri now welcome an improving away side to Milan.

Having relinquished the Scudetto to Milan in May, with something of a late-season choke, there was significant pressure on Inter heading into last weekend’s derby, even at this early stage of the 2022-23 campaign.

Critics of coach Simone Inzaghi had further ammunition to aim in his direction at the conclusion of what proved to be a pulsating encounter, as they lost a one-goal lead and suffered a 3-2 defeat against their Rossonero rivals.

Though substitute Edin Dzeko pulled a goal back soon after his introduction from the bench, Inter’s capitulation to Rafael Leao-inspired opponents left them with two losses from their last three Serie A fixtures, following a 3-1 reverse against Inzaghi’s old club Lazio at the end of last month.

Then, in midweek, the Nerazzurri failed to make the most of home advantage in their first match in Group C of the Champions League, barely bothering Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer in a 2-0 defeat to the perennial German champions.

In a section also featuring in-form Barcelona, the odds of Inter reaching the knockout stage for a second year running have already increased, and with his side also sitting eighth in the early Serie A standings, Inzaghi must improve results fast.

Precedent will certainly be on his side on Saturday evening, as Inter have won each of their last six Serie A home games; always scoring at least twice in the process. Not only that, but they have gone unbeaten against Torino since 2019: winning five times and then drawing the clubs’ most recent meeting in March.

Though Torino signalled their continued upturn under Ivan Juric with that 1-1 draw against the then-champions in Turin, they have actually lost each of their last three games away to Inter in Serie A; conceding eight goals.

Nonetheless, Juric – who has recently been away from the touchline due to illness – has evolved the struggling side he inherited last year into one that has been remarkably tough to beat, and one possessing a certain amount of resilience.

After suffering their first defeat of the season, to current leaders Atalanta, Torino bounced back immediately with a 1-0 win at home to promoted Lecce on Monday.

Summer signing Nikola Vlasic – who had opened his account with a strike against Cremonese last weekend and was also on target in that loss to La Dea – struck for a third straight game, and three points lifted Il Toro to sixth in the Serie A standings: one point and one place above arch-rivals Juventus.

Victories over all three teams freshly up from Serie B may have put a gloss on their tally to date, but the Granata have only failed to score in one game so far – a 0-0 draw with Lazio, who then went on to put three past Inter.

Inter Milan Serie A form:
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Inter Milan form (all competitions):
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Torino Serie A form:
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We say: Inter Milan 2-1 Torino
Remarkably, only rock-bottom Monza have conceded more goals than Inter in the second half of Serie A matches this season, so even if they can break down obdurate opponents, they may not have it their own way until the final whistle. By the finest of margins, though, the hosts should find a way to take all three points.

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