Sassuolo have always been a “banana skin” team for Inter. Last season, Sassuolo kept clean sheets in both matches against Luciano Spalletti’s side, beating them once and the other match ending in a goalless draw. Now under new head coach Antonio Conte, Inter have made a very strong start to the season, keeping a perfect record barring a narrow loss in a top of the table clash against Maurizio Sarri’s Juventus. Both Sassuolo and Inter had lost their previous two matches in all competitions and were looking to get back on track with a strong performance in this match at the Mapei Stadium – Città del Tricolore.
In this tactical analysis, I’ll take a look at the tactics Antonio Conte used to beat Roberto De Zerbi’s Sassuolo.
Sassuolo have been oscillating between a 4-4-2 diamond shape and a 4-3-3. In this match Roberto De Zerbi decided to play a hybrid of the two, using Traoré as a sort of “nine and a half” throughout the match.
Andrea Consigli started in goal. The young Alessandro Tripaldell and Mert Müldür started at left and right full-back respectively, either side of Marlon and veteran Federico Peluso. Francesco Magnanelli started at the base of midfield, flanked by Pedro Obiang and Alfred Duncan as the wide central midfielders. Hamed Junior Traoré played just behind Francesco Caputo and Domenico Berardi.
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