Inter predicted the line-up against Atalanta


Reigning Scudetto owner Inter travels to Bergamo to meet Atalanta in Serie A on Sunday night.

The newly crowned Supercoppa winners, after beating Juventus over two hours on Wednesday night, have only lost one match against Italian opposition all season (W16 D4). Atalanta are one of the few teams to avoid defeat at the hands of Simone Inzaghi’s winning machine this semester, releasing a typically entertaining 2-2 draw in September.

Here’s the XI that Nerazzurri can use against, well, other Nerazzurri.

Stefan de Vrij was voted as Serie A’s best defender 2019/20 / Marco Canoniero / GettyImages

Samir Handanovic (GK) – After eight barren seasons at Inter, the veteran captain has lifted two trophies in the space of six months.

Milan Skriniar (CB) – Inter’s match winners last weekend have never scored in Serie A matches in a row.

Stefan de Vrij (CB) – When De Vrij compared Inzaghi to his militant predecessor, De Vrij called on Dutch Impressionism for its unique analysis: “Antonio Contes 3-5-2 I compare it with a picture of Mondrian, symmetrical, that of Simone Inzaghi with one of Van Gogh, more imaginative. “

Alessandro Bastoni (CB) – When judging the qualities of the famous managers he has played under, Bastoni valued Inzaghi’s “human contact” over the detail-oriented approach of his Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini.

Marcelo Brozovic was rejected by the pitch by Inter fans as late as 2018 but emphatically provokes the opposite reaction nowadays / Nicolò Campo / GettyImages

Denzel Dumfries (RWB) – After competing with Matteo Darmian for a starting spot during the opening months of the season, the junior option has started every league match since December.

Nicolo Barella (CM) – Inter’s tireless midfielder explains his remarkable success for club and country to a childhood devoted to watching “every football match with his dad”, and soaking up as much information as possible before training until it was too dark to see the ball.

Marcelo Brozovic (CM) – Legendary Serie A coach Zdenek Zeman once said: “It’s not how much you run, it’s how good you run.” Brozovic runs as well and as far as anyone in Italy’s highest league.

Hakan Calhanoglu (CM) – In the last two Serie A seasons, Calhanoglu has created 147 chances for his teammates, over 30 more than the second most productive creator during this period.

Ivan Perisic (LWB) – Atalanta is the side against which Perisic has played the most Serie A matches in his career without a single goal or assist (ten matches).

After seven goals in his first nine games, Edin Dzeko has only netted in his last ten Serie A matches / Alessandro Sabattini / GettyImages

Lautaro Martinez (ST) – Inter’s best goal scorer leads the league for expected goals without a penalty per 90 minutes (according to FBref), with chances worth three goals every fifth match on average.

Edin Dzeko (ST) – As the only player to score several league goals with his left foot, right foot and head this season, Dzeko has proven to be an all-round player in his debut campaign at Inter.

You can read 90mins preview of Atalanta vs Inter here.

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