Battle for Serie-A Top Spot
This is more significant as Juventus have mercurial attck-line spearheaded by Cristiano Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala ayongwith Gonzalo Higuaín. This was not the sole difficulty that Conte had.
Conte’s Injury Problem
Conte had to assimilate new attack line after departure of Mauro Icardi and Ivan Perisic. There were changes Midfield and defence as well. But the most significant of all, was the frequent injury that his players had during last four months. Inter saw 16 injuries during this time period and 12 of his players were unavailable during this time with respective recovery time to match-fitness. Conte has to assemble his team accordingly during this period to address match-day needs.
Conte Inherited a Team in Transition
The most important partnership that Inter Milan saw is Lautaro Martínez, coming out of Mauro Icardi’s shadow and forming prolific partnership with Romelu Lukaku. with these two, they scored 18 goals out of total 31 goals that inter scored. This number is 6 more than what Juventus have scored till date (total 25).
They say that the scars should be worn as medals, a distinctive sign both of the battle or hardship that a fighter endures. It would be curious, what Antonio Conte thinks about the situation. But, certainly he is not going to cry with the injury list but to reassemble his team when they will visit Rome and Barcelona in coming weeks.
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List of Inter Milan Injuries
|Date||Player||Injury||Estimated Recovery |
|July 11||Matteo Politano||Resentment at the thigh flexors||20 days|
|July 14||Valentino Lazaro||Right thigh resentment||30 days|
|August 2||Diego Godín||Left thigh problem||30 days|
|August 26||Stefan de Vrij||Muscle resentment||15 days|
|October 6||Stefano Sensi||Addition of right thigh adductors||30 days|
|October 12||Alexis Sánchez||Left ankle tendon dislocation ||3-4 months|
|October 12||Danilo D’Ambrosio||Phalanx fracture right foot ||30 days|
|October 26||Matías Vecino||Muscle resentment||15 days|
|October 29||Kwadwo Asamoah||Knee cartilage problem ||30 days|
|October 29||Andrea Ranocchia||Muscle fatigue||7 days|
|November 2||Roberto Gagliardini||Muscle problem||20 days|
|November 6||Stefano Sensi||Right thigh adductor problem ||Unavailable|
|November 16||Stefan de Vrij||Muscle resentment||10 days|
|November 5||Matteo Politano||Left ankle sprain||20 days|
|November 23||Nicolò Barella||Cartilaginous fragment of the patella||40-50 days|
|December 2||Roberto Gagliardini||Plant distraction right foot||Unavailable|