The save on Marchisio in the 8th minute of the first half was the turning point. Had Inter gone two goals down, we would have had a different match and linesman Preti wouldn’t have to worry about his mistake. He also saw Asamoah and Pirlo. With Handa, everything was covered.
A victory can cure all. Let’s face it: had Inter lost this game, Ranocchia would have received a below average rating because he had to suffer a lot of pain in the first half. His side was where Juve made their entrance. And in the second half, the dizziness continued.
He was ready to take off in order to mend the hole of Asamoah but even The Wall could not stop the leak by the unfortunate mistake of linesman Preti. Samuel was like a checkpoint, once he put out that stick, all strikers, good or bad, were stopped.
Juan Jesus: 7.5
Physical, responsive, filled with great sense of recovering balls and of position. Inter have found a great defender, one that together with Thiago Silva would make Brazil impenetrable at the 2014 World Cup. He jumped over all.
Found himself in trouble in the presence of Asamoah in the first half. A total turnaround in the second has Zanetti became the master while Asa was in apnea. Why? Because the Inter captain has the resources that we humans can only imagine.
He wasn’t pretty to look at. Not a pretty sight, small, like a vicious dog he grabs the opponent and doesn’t let go. Runs, cuts across and covers. He’s a luxury worker, always ready to help when the team needs it.
He was the reference point, the man that at the worst moment – when it would be easy to hide behind the mistake made by the linesman – he took the team in his hands and understood that nothing is lost and everything is possible.
A two-face Nagatomo. In the first half, it was a negative Naga. Due to him taking a nap, the team almost conceded another goal. In the second half, he seemed like Gareth Bale with almond-shaped eyes and assisted Palacio.
First mission: irritate Pirlo, to bother him with pressure, to prevent him making plays, something that Pirlo is known best at. Second mission: to assist Milito and push the gas pedal on any counterattack just like he did at the end and brought home the 1-3.
Was stationary and this is not new. Collecting fouls now seems to be his specialty. Many Juventus players failed to resist the temptation to force him to lose the ball. His shot in the first half was just a hair off. Out due to exhaustion.
This is the man who subverted the established order which a 1-1 draw would please everyone. One of his runs resulted a shot that forced Buffon to dive for the ball which ended up at Milito’s feet. He was also the one that found Nagatomo starting the 1-3. A Guarin explosion.
Just a few minutes for him to defend the treasure acquired. The muscles of Mudi were like a message to Juve that he will not allow the match to be reopened.
He was basically by himself against three Juventus defenders because Cassano and Palacio were playing wide. A cold penalty, implacable on the rebound of Buffon’s save. Milito was infinite. He’s now back to the Milito of the treble.
Certainly he had to do a lot of thinking about the formation prior to the game. Will the trident be sustainable? Will Cambiasso be able to hold the weight in the midfield? After the shock of the goal 18 seconds in, Inter dared the impossible, bossed Juventus in their own house and confined the Italian champions in their own half.
Injustice came immediately but they did not turn it into an excuse. Instead, Inter raised up to control the game at the home of the then unbeatable Juventus. Shining and mastery.
Source: Gazzetta dello Sport