Inter barely saves a point against Slavia Praha in San Siro

During Inter’s Champions League debut, Slavia Praha managed to scrap a valuable point from San Siro this Tuesday.

FC Inter desperately needed to get three points in their UEFA Champions League opening game against Slavia Praha in San Siro.

We all know how defensive Antonio Conte’s squads can become when they are playing against a complicated rival.

The Nerazzurri completed a nearly perfect start of the season, they have defeated their first three Serie A rivals with convincing performances.

We all expected them to win today’s match at home, but Slavia Praha proved to be a complicated rival that didn’t allow them to develop their game.

With Alexis Sanches still getting back into his best shape, Conte had to play with a 4-4-2 formation that used Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez as a striking duo.

The first half proved that Conte doesn’t have a creative midfielder who can help his two strikers perform better, he only has players with more defensive capabilities in that position.

Every single squad in the Champions League opening match is usually more cautious, but Inter can’t afford this luxury due to the other two rivals in Group F.

Not getting a win today would mean that everything could be way more complicated for the next two matches, as they face FC Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund.

The pressure was at an all-time high for Inter, especially after finishing the first half with a 0-0 result.

Even during the first fifteen minutes of the second half, we still saw an overly defensive Inter and a Slavia Praha squad that was only looking for an ideal counter-attack opportunity that could hurt the locals.

The supporters at Giuseppe Meazza Stadium were thrilled to have Champions League football back at the start of the match.

However, they were truly impatient as time kept going by and Conte’s squad wasn’t able to score the first goal of the evening.

After a full hour of playing time, the unexpected finally happened. Nigerian midfielder Peter Olayinka initiated a chance for Slavia from the right flank, he sent a stumbled cross from that zone and Zeleny struck the ball on point.

The mistake came from Handanovic after he spits the ball forward and Olayinka himself was there to score a surprising goal.

Slavia was beating Inter with 30 minutes still left on the clock, Antonio Conte’s squad had only a few minutes to turn the game around.

The second half proved to be filled with many fouls and decisions to stop the game to review different plays through VAR.

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These constant delays were the reason that the referee gave an impressive 8 minutes of overtime, this was the window of opportunity that Inter had to at least score the equalizer.

Barella scores on his debut.

Youngster Nicolo Barella was making his Champions League debut this evening, he came on the pitch as a replacement for Brozovic.

The young Italian midfielder was the man responsible for Inter’s equalizer, which came during the final minutes of the game.

During a set-piece that Stefano Sensi took care of, his shot struck the bar and went straight to Barella.

The young midfielder connected a volley that managed to get inside the goal against Slavia Praha.

Conte’s squad still had a good six minutes to get the winning goal, but it never came. Key players such as Lautaro Martinez or Romelu Lukaku were unlucky in front of goal this evening.

This result leaves the Italians with some bad news before Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund play at Signal Iduna Park.

A draw between these two clubs could be beneficial for Antonio Conte and his squad, they really need for none of the other rivals inside Group F to win their match.

We expected a very different result from today’s game at Giuseppe Meazza Stadium, but at least we can already say that the UEFA Champions League is finally back.

Inter has a lot to improve if they want to be competitive inside their complicated group.

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