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Season Review: Inter Milan

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 By Richard Hall

Inter Milan hitting the right chords with victory against Palermo

Inter Milan duo Ivan Perisic and Mauro Icardi
Ivan Perisic and Mauro Icardi both got on the score sheet for Inter Milan.

Everything in life has to be put in context and this especially applies when it comes to Inter Milan.

A Coppa Italia 3-0 win against Juventus followed by a heart breaking defeat on penalties, arguably is the best way to encapsulates their season. Even so, despite the team falling out of the Scudetto race, the Champions League still looked like a possibility as Palermo visited the San Siro.

Inter made short work of the Sicilians and were two goals up before half-time. More importantly, the performance was on par with the match against Sampdoria and even more so the 'Old Lady'. Against the run of play, Franco Vasquez clawed a goal back minutes before the break and asked questions of the Nerazzurri.

The second half saw Palermo start well but Inter's quality soon shone through and Mauro Icardi produced a beautiful cross for Ivan Perisic, who put the ball home with a diving header. The Milanese looked like they had turned a corner and more importantly produced a second confident performance in a row. Overall, the Sicilians were poor but it was hard to fault Inter's efforts on the day. Roberto Mancini will be happy with the 3-1 result and the display, continuity is now the key but it feels like a corner has been turned.

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Player ratings (1-10; 10=best; players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating):

GK Juan Pablo Carrizo, 6 -- He came in due to Samir Handanovic being ill before the game and whilst he could do little for Palermo's opener, his entire demeanour offered much less confidence to his back four. He should have done much better on Palermo's goal and will no doubt be disappointed with his efforts.

DF Joao Miranda, 6 -- The Brazilian had little to do in the first half but when he was called into action, he was calm and collected. He, along with Jeison Murillo, was caught too high up the pitch for Palermo's equaliser and whilst perhaps this may be uber critical, it does point out fine margins in Serie A.

DF Danilo D'Ambrosio, 6 -- The Italian full-back is industrious and often clever in his movement but rarely dynamic. After Inter conceded, he was exemplary in returning to his defensive duties.

DF Jeison Murillo, 6 -- His start to a game is often dependent on his centre-back partner and Miranda at the side of him, as he leans on him heavily. Arguably to blame for Palermo's first goal by playing a high line, however he was competent overall.

DF Yuto Nagatomo, 6 -- The full-back got in good offensive positions overlapping Perisic whenever he could. Defensively, he was more disciplined although he is often too eager to chase after his man and in turn breaking up the shape.

MF Gary Medel, 6 -- The Chilean is an expert in this position. He gets the ball off the defence and distributes it perfectly. Helping cover the back four, he may not offer match winning moments but he does his job to the letter and often dictates the pace.

MF Geoffrey Kondogbia, 6 -- The Frenchman was once again sloppy with his passing from the first minute and looked like he would be frustrating once again. He offered little offensively and chose to disappear rather than impose.

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Inter Milan players were up for the fight at home to Palermo.

FW Rodrigo Palacio, 7 -- The Argentine was a surprising choice behind Icardi and his early touches asked questions as to why Marcelo Brozovic had not started in the first place. Even so, Mancini seemed to have found a place for the veteran as he excelled in the Trequartista position relying on his ability rather than his failing legs. Substituted for Jonathan Biabiany on 78 minutes.

FW Adem Ljajic, 7 -- The Serbian started the game with intent and scored early. Making space for himself, he drifted past the Palermo defence before slotting an angled shot into the corner for the opening goal.

FW Ivan Perisic, 8 -- The Croatian works hard defensively which sometimes goes unnoticed. This hard work often comes at the expense of his main job but not in this game. He attacked well and switched from going wide to cutting inside, he seems to be constantly looking for Icardi. It was the Argentine who found him with a great cross for him to dive in with a header for the third goal.

FW Mauro Icardi, 7 -- The ex-Sampdoria striker got on the score sheet for Inter's second goal and showed off his predatory instincts. The Argentine asks for one thing, the ball in the box and when he gets it, he is lethal. He also showed his more creative side providing a beautiful ball for Ivan Persis's header.

Substitutes:

MF Marcelo Brozovic, 6 -- Came on for Ljajic on 65 minutes and slotted in superbly offering an option on the edge of the box.

MF Jonathan Biabiany, NR -- Came on for Palacio on 78 minutes, did well showing his versatility once again.

MF Felipe Melo, NR -- Came on for Medel on 87 minutes, simply playing the clock down.

Richard Hall is an Italian football writer contributing to ESPN, The Guardian, Daily Mail, IBWM and Football Italia. Follow him on Twitter @Gentleman_Ultra.

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