Inter made their best signing this summer when they appointed Antonio Conte as their new coach. Unsurprisingly, Conte’s influence has been immense and Inter have looked excellent so far in Serie A. Inter also made two superb signings to their midfield department when two of Italy’s most interesting midfielders joined the club: Nicolò Barella and Stefano Sensi. Together with Conte’s tactics, the duo has revolutionised Inter’s midfield. This tactical analysis scout report looks at the importance Inter’s midfield holds for Conte’s tactics to work, both in an attacking and defensive sense.
Conte’s midfield options
Inter have a very good squad, and the strength of their midfield department is no different. In Conte’s 3-5-2, the three central midfielders usually line up with one holder and two more advanced midfielders. Firstly, Marcelo Brozović is the undeniable first-choice as the holding midfielder and probably the first name on Conte’s team sheet. He was integral for Inter during Luciano Spalletti’s reign too, and nothing has changed under Conte. However, Inter lack a good back-up to the Croatian and this might worry Conte if Brozović would get injured.
In front of the Croatian, Barella and Sensi have largely been preferred up until Sensi’s injury. The performances of both have been extremely encouraging and both have contributed goals and assists, particularly Sensi, who was unreal in the opening weeks of the season. Additionally, Conte can call upon the likes of Roberto Gagliardini, Matías Vecino and Borja Valero. These options provide Conte with a good mix of qualities and profiles to use in his team. Now, let’s look at the tactical importance of their interesting midfield.
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