Inter salvage a point against ten-man Napoli.


Hamsik 51

Higuain 63

Palacio 71

Icardi 86(pen)


Marek Hamsik

Gokhan Inler

Gary Medel


SHOTS(on target):17(7)-13(5)

•Napoli lined-up in their usual 4-2-3-1 formation.
•Napoli varied from a 4-5-1 and 4-4-2 when defending,if Inter were playing centrally(often due to the diamond)Hamsik would drop into alongside Inler and Lopez to form a 4-5-1,this helped prevent Inter gain midfield dominance,however,if Inter played wide,Hamsik would support Higuain in pressing.
•Napoli played in a medium block,not wanting to commit to pressing nor allowing Inter to keep possession due to the constant chane of shape according to Inter’s play.
•The main area Napoli used as scope of attack was on the an area between the halfspace and the wing.This gave the player on the ball the option to cut the ball back to a midfield runner,commonly Hamsik.

•Napoli played a lot of high,long passes over the Inter defence,Callejon and Mertens often moved infield as the long pass came over the top.

•Inter Milan played in a 4-3-1-2 diamond formation.

•Inter played in a very high defensive block which caused them some problems.Higuain constantly looked to exploit the large space in behind the Inter defence and with success a few times.
•The reason for Inter’s high block was due to their instense pressing high up the pitch.Inter’s use of layered pressing was very effective,the closest man would obviously press the ball,the second pressure layer was tight marking,if the main presser was beaten then one of the two would move into the main pressing role,the third and last layer was a lot looser,these players would attempt to prevent two players getting or the ball or having time if they received it.

•Shaqiri was Inter’s focal point in attack,he was given licence to roam and the attack almost revolved round his movement.If Shaqiri drifted wide,the strikers would remain central,trying to open up space for him.


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