Football is an unforgiving game, and even if you make the slightest of mistakes it can cost you in a big way. That’s something we saw play out before our very eyes tonight, as Tottenham Hotspur were punished for sitting back by an Inter Milan side who were able to come from behind and register three points in their UEFA Champions League opener. The San Siro encounter lived up to expectations in many ways, but for the most part, the focus will go on the visitors and how they collapsed towards the end of the game.
The first half didn’t really live up to the hype in comparison to what was to come, though, with Spurs struggling to get a foothold in the game. The crowd were up for this one and they showcased that in a big way, but they still couldn’t lift Inter to a good display in the first 45 minutes.
Instead, it was a fairly dull affair, and in many ways, both teams will probably feel like they should’ve taken advantage of the slow pace from the minute they kicked off till the whistle was blown for half time.
It wasn’t until early in the second half that things kicked up a notch, with Christian Eriksen seeing his deflected effort fly into the net in order to send the travelling faithful into a frenzy. From that point on Spurs sat back and seemed to get a little bit overconfident, to the point where Pochettino decided to take off Lamela who was running the show at points. Then, with five minutes remaining, everything went wrong with Mauro Icardi and Matias Vecino scoring to condemn Tottenham to defeat number three in a row.
Tottenham have some serious work to do if they want to dig themselves out of this hole they appear to be in, whereas for Inter, this could be just the lift they need to push them on towards bigger and better things in Serie A.
Inter Milan: Handanovic (6.5), Skriniar (6), de Vrij (6), Miranda (6.5), Asamoah (6), Vecino (7), Brozovic (6.5), Politano (6.5), Nainggolan (6), Perisic (6), Icardi (7)
Tottenham: Vorm (6), Aurier (6), Sanchez (6), Vertonghen (6), Davies (6.5), Dier (6.5), Dembele (6), Lamela (7), Eriksen (7), Son (6.5), Kane (6)
Referee: Clément Turpin
Goals: Icardi, Vecino :: Eriksen
Yellow Cards: Skriniar, Perisic, Vorm, Sanchez, Vertonghen
Red Cards: N/A
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