Inter host 11th-placed Sassuolo in the league at the San Siro on Saturday as they look to keep pace on with Napoli in the race for second place.
The Nerazzurri, who sit third in Serie A, have won their last three matches in all competitions and face a Neroverdi outfit, who have gone four matches without a victory.
Here’s the potential lineup Luciano Spalletti could select for Saturday’s encounter.
3. Goalkeepers and Defenders
Samir Handanovi? (GK): The keeper has been in impressive form this campaign, managing to keep ten clean sheets in 19 league games this campaign, including three in his last four. He isn’t usually called upon, considering his side have the second best defensive record in the league, conceding just 14 goals, but when he is summoned, he usually does his part to keep the Nerazzurri in front.
Šime Vrsaljko (RB): The full back has had his injury concerns this campaign but seems to be back to full fitness and has contributed to goals too (two assists). He has started five of the last six matches and has been on the losing side just once, when he has started. He has also helped to keep four clean sheets when he’s played the entire ninety.
Milan Škriniar (CB): The Slovakian has been pivotal to Inter’s defence this season. He has been such an important player, which is evident, considering he’s played all but twice this campaign, helping his side keep nine clean sheets in 17 league appearances.
Stefan de Vrij (CB): The Dutchman has made 19 appearances in all competitions and has helped to keep eight clean sheets. He has become a reliable figure under Spalletti, starting eight of the last ten matches and also possesses an aerial presence in the opposing box, contributing to two goals (a goal and an assist).
Kwadwo Asamoah (LB): The Ghanaian has become a real favourite of Spalletti’s on the left side of defence, as a result of his attacking nature and quality from out wide. The Italian has faith in the full-back, which is evident by the fact, that Asamoah has played ten of the last 12 games in all competitions. He may have provided just one assist, but the full-back has done his defensive duties and has helped his side keep eight clean sheets.
Matteo Politano (RM): Politano has impressed for Il Biscione since joining in the summer. The Italian, who had a decent start to the campaign, hasn’t been among the goals as of late, but Spalletti seems to be an admirer of the 25-year-old, who has featured in every game for Spalletti’s men. Politano has been involved in six goals in 26 appearances.
Matías Vecino (CM): The Uruguayan has struggled with muscular injuries this campaign, but has still contributed for the Nerazzurri, with a goal and four assists in 19 appearances in all competitions. He has featured in three of the last four games and has done well in a deeper role, being able to keep possession under pressure and finding players in key attacking areas.
Borja Valero (CM): The Spaniard has become a reliable member of Spalletti’s squad, considering he’s played in the last 19 games in all competitions. He has excellent passing, can spread the ball out to the opposite flank to initiate opportunities and knows when to press the opponents. He has also provided one assist.
Ivan ?Periši? (LM): The Croat hasn’t had the best of campaigns, but he has looked more like his usual self in recent games. Periši? has contributed to eight goals in 24 appearances, including three assists against Benevento alone in his last outing, and will look to kick on in the second half of the season.
Lautaro Martínez (ST): The Argentine has done well in his debut season in Italy. He has contributed to six goals in 16 appearances – (five goals and one assist) – including three in his last three. The first of three was the winner against Napoli at the San Siro, before he grabbed a brace against Benevento in the Coppa Italia. He has thrived alongside compatriot Icardi and could form a fine partnership going forward.
Mauro Icardi (ST): Icardi has been instrumental for Inter this campaign, continuing last season’s form which saw him finish as joint top scorer in the league. He already has 14 goals and three assists in 23 appearances overall and his goal against Benevento ended a run of three games without netting, which provide him with some confidence going into the game against Sassuolo.