The leader in Serie A Inter met some serious resistance by Fiorentina in a 1-1 draw that could have ended worse for the title contenders.

Fiorentina made their opponents regret their early opener since it increased La Viola’s attacking efforts’ frequency and pinned Inter back for the rest of the game.

The Nerazzurri had their chances too, managing to catch Fiorentina’s defence off guard, but they had more to worry about, taking care of their own defensive issues.

This tactical analysis aims to break down both team’s tactics and see how Fiorentina managed to get a point out of the game. This analysis also discusses the intricacies and nuances of the high-voltage fixture.


Serie A 2019/20: Fiorentina vs Inter - tactical analysis
Both teams’ starting XI’s.

Both Vincenzo Montella and Antonio Conte started with matching 5-3-2 on paper, but we could see both formations transform throughout the game, depending on the teams’ build-up process and attacking strategies.

Fiorentina’s initial set-up consisted of the keeper Bartłomiej Drągowski and a five-man defensive line including Dalbert, Martín Cáceres, Germán Pezzella, Nikola Milenković and Pol Lirola. Erick Pulgar, Milan Badelj, and Gaetano Castrovilli formed the midfield trio, which supported the frontline of Federico Chiesa and Kevin-Prince Boateng. The team though would do a lot of positional rotations, transforming into more of a 3-4-3 shape in pursuit of the win.

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