Nerazzurri Legend Walter Zenga: “Inter Not Good Defensively In Preseason & It Isn’t Just Fault Of Goalkeeper & Defenders” | OneFootball
Nerazzurri Legend Walter Zenga: “Inter Not Good Defensively In Preseason & It Isn’t Just Fault Of Goalkeeper & Defenders”
Legendary former Inter goalkeeper Walter Zenga feels that the Nerazzurri have had serious defensive struggles defensively in preseason, and that there has been more to this than just the backline and the goalkeeper.
Analyzing on his Instagram account, via FCInterNews, Zenga gave his thoughts on the Nerazzurri’s defensive weaknesses and argued that it was as much a problem of the entire team’s defensive structure as it is of the defenders’ and goalkeepers’ individual displays.
Inter have conceded ten goals across five preseason friendlies, hardly a number that would line up with how they want to perform defensively once the season begins.
The goals have come in a variety of different ways, but an overall theme has simply been a lack of sharpness on the part of virtually the entire team in moments when the ball is lost or the opponent begins to create danger.
Zenga noted this, writing that “Inter’s preseason hasn’t gone well – ten goals conceded, only one win, still adapting to the style of play with Lukaku, Gosens needing more time, another defender needed.”
He argued that “The goals conceded have been, in my opinion, consequences of the ‘team defensive phase’ and not only of the three defenders and Handanovic.”
“The tactical dilemma is evident,” he explained, “play with a lower defensive line and play it vertically to Lautaro and Lukaku, or play with a higher defensive line?”
“The goals conceded against Lyon and Villarreal are very similar,” Zenga argued.
The former keeper also noted “There are some positive things as well – Lukaku scoring, Lautaro and Lukaku playing together, if given regular service, are a devastating duo (but we already knew that). Dimarco gives a lot as a wingback.”
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