30/03/13 – Inter Milan vs Juventus (Serie A)

Inter Milan (3-4-2-1) vs JuventusIn the reverse fixture earlier in the season, Inter Milan manager Andrea Stramaccioni selected an ambitious 3-4-3 shape that succeeded in bringing Juventus’ 49 game unbeaten run in the league to an end. It must be tempting for Stramaccioni to attempt the same tactic, but their 4-1 Europa League victory over Tottenham may give him a dilemma. Inter have appeared keen on playing a 4-3-1-2 shape for some time, and their victory over Spurs may have been their best performance in the formation this season. Therefore Stramaccioni can stick or twist – look to build on a strong performance in a familiar system, or switch back to the game plan that worked once before.

As Stamaccioni will have to choose between Inter’s customary 4-3-1-2 system or reverting to a 3-4-2-1 shape, both options will be assessed… (Read more)

24/02/13 – Inter Milan vs AC Milan (Serie A)

Inter Milan vs AC MilanThe second Milan derby of the season sees the city rivals separated by just one point in Serie A. The probable line-ups reflect the tactical changes both clubs have made since their last meeting.

Inter Milan have switched between a 4-3-1-2 system and a 3-5-2 variation all season. Against AC Milan in October Andrea Stramaccioni opted for a back three, but an injury to Walter Samuel has seen Inter persist with a 4-3-1-2 in recent weeks. This is slightly confused by the successful implementation of a 4-2-3-1 shape against CFR Cluj in the Europa League, but against a league rival Inter will probably revert to a more conservative midfield diamond.

Milan are returning to league action after their celebrated victory over Barcelona in the Champions League. Massimiliano Allegri has been widely praised for his tactical plan against the Catalans, and will surely want to transfer the team’s performance to Sunday’s derby… (Read more)

17/02/13 – Fiorentina vs Inter Milan (Serie A)

Fiorentina vs Inter Milan (3-4-1-2)Fiorentina will want to bounce back from their comfortable loss to Juventus last weekend. Vincenzo Montella’s side paid for playing too flat across midfield, allowing Juventus too much space between the lines for both Andrea Pirlo to exploit from deep and Claudio Marchisio and Arturo Vidal to run into. Montella surprisingly started with Luca Toni in attack alongside Stevan Jovetic, but the pair’s lack of defensive aptitude may see a return for Adem Ljajic.

Inter Milan’s approach is harder to predict – manager Andrea Stramaccioni is one of the most tactically versatile coaches in Europe. Inter have regularly switched between variations of a 3-5-2 and a 4-3-3 system, so predicting their starting system is difficult. Stramaccioni tends to mirror teams that play three in defence, which would suggest a 3-5-2 variation will be used. Nevertheless, to cover both possibilities and to consider their strengths and weaknesses against Fiorentina’s flat 3-5-2 formation, Inter’s two tactical options will be analysed… (Read more)