Inter Milan 5-0 Chievo Verona: Perisic Scores Hat Trick as Inter Demolish Chievo at Home

Sunday afternoon saw Inter Milan take on Chievo Verona at the San Siro Stadium, with the home team in great form as they won four of their last six games while the visitors only came with one win. 

The opening 20 minutes of the game saw Inter dominate with possession as Gialloblu were consistently conceding corners. 

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The home side created multiple chances but it wasn’t until the 23rd minute of the match that they made a breakthrough with an opening goal.

Ivan Perisic scored for the Nerazzurri with a right-footed shot blasting into the centre of the goal.

Though attempts were made by Chievo to bounce back, it didn’t take long for Inter to get the double as 15 minutes after the first goal, captain Mauro Icardi stepped in to score.

An assist by Marcelo Brozovic let the Argentine forward drive the ball into the bottom left of the goal. 

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The remainder of the half displayed the host’s consistency and dominance in possession with chances created by the likes of Joao Mario and Antonio Candreva.

The first half ended with the hosts leading 2-0 at the San Siro as the Serie A top three looks to be a tight battle.

The second half saw the home side adding even more pressure as chances were being created by Brozovic, Candreva and Mario.

It didn’t take long for Perisic to get his double as he slotted in a shot from the left, past the keeper and to the bottom right of the net. 

Inter further asserted their dominance over Chievo with a fourth goal just minutes later as a cross from Candreva met the head of centre-half Milan Skriniar on the hour mark of the game. 

The Nerazzurri’s performance without a doubt deserves the top spot on the Serie A table as the Black & Blues showed no mercy in the attack. 

A few minutes after the ball went in there was a delay to the match as Chievo suffered an injury and as a result, Nicola Rigoni had to be subbed off. 

Despite Chievo bringing on new players and Inter subbing off their main man Icardi, the hosts continued to apply pressure in the attack by winning a flurry of corners but failing to convert chances created by their star players. 

In the dying minute of the game, Perisic finally found his hat trick as he scored in the 92nd minute, leaving Inter fans to go crazy in the stands.

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The match ended 5-0 as Inter Milan saw themselves leapfrog both Juventus and Napoli in the table to be first in the league with a tight 39 points. 

The upcoming weeks in Serie A are going to be intense as these three sides try to battle to secure the Scudetto. 

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3 Key Battles Which Could Decide the Tie as Inter Pursue Their Title Race Hopes Against Chievo

Luciano Spalletti has decided to call up his usual best 11 starters for Inter’s match against Chievo on Sunday afternoon. 

The Nerazzurri are still unbeaten and hope to narrow the game with Napoli as they bid to win their first Serie A title since 2010. 

Although Inter have won nine of the last 14 encounters with the Verona side, Spalletti won’t take any risks and will need all his men to counterbalance Chievo, who had a decent start to the season and sit ninth in the table. 

Here are three clashes that could decide the match. 

3. Stefano Sorrentino vs Mauro Icardi

Sorrentino may be 38 years old but has proved that age is not a problem when it comes to defending his goal. 

His heroics against Spal were largely praised by the media last week, and he’s certainly going to try to do the same against Inter on Sunday.

However, he will have one of the best forwards in Serie A threatening his side. Mauro Icardi is the league’s top goalscorer, having netted 15 times in 14 matches, he’s always thirsty for goals, and the match with Chievo won’t be any different than the previous ones. 

2. Antonio Candreva vs Përparim Hetemaj

The pair are likely to clash on the pitch as Candreva seeks to control the left flank with Hetemaj coming at him in the opposite direction. 

In his sixth season with the blue-and-yellows, Hetemaj is one of the central pillars of his side and never misses a game. 

Despite a rough start, Candreva is, on the other hand, slowly turning better and better every time he plays, always providing numerous assists for his teammates. 

1. Roberto Inglese vs Samir Handanovic

Inter’s veteran goalkeeper has just agreed on an extension of his contract with the Nerazzurri until 2021 and will be eager to make his fans grateful for the decision.

His team’s defence is among the best ones in the league so far, having conceded only ten goals since the beginning of the season. 

Chievo are relying on Roberto Inglese to determine their fortunes, although the youngster is already set to join Napoli either this January or at the end of the season. 

The Italian is doing wonders this season and will certainly be a tough challenge for Handanovic. 

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Picking the Best Potential Inter Lineup to Face Chievo on Sunday

?Inter face Chievo on Sunday in their next Serie A fixture. The black and blues of Milan are continuing to run rampant in the league this season after defeating Cagliari 3-1 in their last game.

Inter remain two points off league leaders Napoli and will hope to maintain the chase and continue their unbeaten league run.

Here’s how Luciano Spalletti could lineup his side on Sunday…

Goalkeeper

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?Samir Handanovic will keep his place in goal. 

Defence

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  • Škriniar

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  • Ranocchia

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?Brazilian defender Miranda picked up his fifth yellow card of the season against Cagliari and so will be suspended for the game on Sunday. Andrea Ranocchia could be handed a rare start.

Spalletti could decide to keep the remaining defensive positions the same from the victory last weekend. Milan Skriniar, Davide Santon, and Danilo D’Ambrosio could all keep their places.

Inter have conceded just ten goals from 14 league games this season – the second lowest in the division.

Midfield

?Roberto Gagliardini is also unavailable on Sunday due to suspension so Marcelo Brozovic could take his place. The Croatian scored within two minutes of coming the substitutes’ bench in Inter’s last match.

Matias Vecino could be an injury doubt for Sunday’s game but could also be passed fit in time to start. Antonio Candreva, Borja Valero, and Ivan Perisic could keep their starting places.

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?The joint highest scorer in Serie A this season, Mauro Icardi, will be first choice to start again up front on Sunday. 

The Argentine has 15 goals from 14 league games this season, which makes up more than half of Inter’s entire goal tally for the season.

Icardi will surely look to continue to impress in Italy as he has quickly become one of the hottest strikers in Europe right now.

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Inter Captain Mauro Icardi Claims He Will Remain With Nerazzurri for the Rest of His Career

Mauro Icardi has no intention to leave Inter and has claimed that he intends to remain with the Milan outfit until they let him go. 

The Argentine superstar has had a wonderful start of the season with the Nerazzurri, is the top Serie A goalscorer – 15 nets in 14 matches – and had led his side to a well-deserved second place in the league behind Napoli. 

As Inter welcome Chievo at San Siro on Sunday night, Icardi has got just another chance to drag his men forward: winning the match would take them one point above Napoli and Juventus and make them table leaders. 

He is also close to becoming the sixth player to score 100 goals in Serie A before turning 25, and the chances are pretty high considering that his birthday falls in February.

Following this brilliant ensemble of performances, he is now number one target for La Liga giants Real Madrid, who have been trying to approach him in the past few weeks. 

However, Icardi, who has only recently refound a good relationship with his fans, has denied Los Blancos any chance to land him. 

According to Gazzetta dello Sport, he told his friends: “If they don’t kick me out, I’m staying at Inter for the rest of my career.”

The Argentine is currently holding talks with the Inter chiefs to extend his contract with the club to 2023. 

Negotiations reportedly include a raise of the salary €7m-per-year and the chance to either increase or completely remove his €100m break clause. 

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Report Claims Liverpool Face Italian Competition in Bid to Sign Brazilian Left-Back

Liverpool are reportedly interested in signing young Brazilian Emerson Palmieri from Roma, as Jurgen Klopp plans to strengthen his defence for the second part of the season. 

The Reds brought in Andrew Robertson from Hull City in the summer, but the £8m Scot has only made a few appearances and has been left on the bench in favour of Alberto Moreno for the majority of the season so far. 

Ongoing defensive frailties mean Liverpool could do with reinforcing their ranks if they aim to fight for the title and go deep in Champions League, while Corriere dello Sport claims that they might have found their man in Emerson Palmieri. 

The Brazilian, who recently chose to represent Italy, has been key player at Roma in the past two years when fit, but has often struggled with injury. 

According to Corriere’s report, the Merseyside club have already held preliminary talks with the capital club for Emerson and are trying to negotiate a £22m transfer fee. 

Liverpool, however, will have to face competition from suitors closer to Emerson’s home as Inter have also shown their interest in securing him. 

Despite admitting to be flattered by the Reds’ courting, the Brazilian-Italian has recently told the media that he is happy at Roma and does not wish to move. 

He said: “I have heard that clubs such as Inter and Liverpool are seeking to sign me. But I am under contract with Roma. I am flattered by stories such as these. 

“However, I want to stay here in Rome. I am happy here. 

“Roma have a great squad, with everyone good enough to start matches. There are so many close-fought games, and it is vital for us to have a well-stocked squad.”


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He concluded: “We can compete until the very end of the title. I’m not yet 100 per cent fit, but I am working to get there. I want to play, but the manager will decide if I am ready or not.”

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