Inter vs Fiorentina by Enzo
After five rounds played, Inter has all five victories and the team of Roberto Mancini find themselves at the top of the table with three points more than second placed Fiorentina, side that they await on Sunday evening. Maybe even more important is that the players of Inter are currently having ten points more than current champions from Juventus and four points and a game more than Roma, two probably most seriously contenders for the title alongside Inter.
Most recently, they reached 1:0 victory against Verona at home during midweek, thanks to a goal from Melo in 56th minute. Truth is that the team is getting narrow victories, most usually 1:0 (four out of five), but at the same time they are playing strongly with rock solid defense and not caring about scoring lot's of goals - they way Mancini's teams usually played in Italy. Coach Mancini has said that Fiorentina plays well for now, but added that his team needs to improve and that they are yet to improve in all areas. As for title favorites, he mentioned that Juventus still remains big favorite to get the trophy. Left back Dodo is injured, same as central defender Nemanja Vidic who anyway didn't perform till now in the season. Central defender Jeison Murillo is questionable, but with chances to play. They will be in a 4-3-3 formation with Joventis, Icardi and Perisic as offensive trio.
Fiorentina is getting into this match having three victories in a row and being second at the table, just three points below the leaders from Inter. Similar to their tonight's opponents, they are also not playing very effective football, but getting the right results at the most of the matches. In the most recent game, they managed to overpower Bologna 2:0 at home with two goals scored in last twenty minutes of the game.
In the first halftime home team threatened only on two occasions, but upped their tempo in the second part of the second halftime when they found goals via Blaszczykowski in 71st and eleven minutes later sealed the victory thanks to goal from Kalinic. Their coach said in front of the new game that he doesn't fear Inter, adding that they are going to Milano in order to play their own game. Left back/midfielder Manuel Pasqual (2/0) is the only real absentee for coach Paulo Sousa due injury, while sidelined with injury is also midfielder Marko Bakic. Visitors will continue in their usual 3-4-2-1 formation and with Kalinic alone upfront.
The game itself should be quite closed and decided in details. However, I believe Inter has what it takes to get a victory here, easy or hard. Neither of the teams scores with ease in the new season, but the players of Inter look a bit more fluid with the ball and more consistent.