This weekend Inter got the perfect opportunity to take over the lead as Juventus tied the score on Saturday-afternoon but the team of Antonio Conte failed in-house against Parma. On Tuesday it’s the second chance against Brescia, which is already four games without a win.
Brescia started well the first season at the highest level since 2011. Of the first four games, two were won, both times the three points were taken outside. After narrowly losing to two title candidates (1-2 against Juventus, 2-1 against Napoli), two more teams followed with opportunities for the PhD candidate. In-house Fiorentina was kept at 0-0 despite a good number of good chances for the team from Florence, after which it also looked good for Brescia last weekend. In the 34th minute, 19-year-old Sandro Tonali shot a free kick like we saw Lasse Schone do against Real Madrid last season. This time, however, Schone watched in Genoa’s shirt. In the second half, home team Genoa was many times stronger and Brescia was pressed its own sixteen. In total they created nine shots that were all on target in 45 minutes. Given the weak play of Brescia, a defeat was inevitable, between 66th and 79th minutes Genoa put things in order and won 3-1.
Brescia has since dropped to eighteenth place and there are already speculations about a trainer change. According to Sky Sport Italia, last season’s Genoa coach Cesare Prandelli could soon take over from Eugenio Corini.
Inter lost the lead to Juventus early this month in a direct game. Last weekend it was helped by Lecce, who grabbed a point against the team from Turin. Inter had the chance to regain the lead and had to do without injured players like Alexis Sanchez, Matias Vecino, Danilo D’Ambrosio and the revelation of the Stefano Sensi season. Antonio Candreva made a lucky opening goal from a corner after both Inter and Parma had already had some good chances. Former Inter striker Yann Karamoh missed the biggest chance for Parma in the eighth minute but made good with a goal in the 26th minute and an assist on Gervinho in the 31st minute.
The Nerazzuri made every effort to go for the win, while Parma could play, hang back and counter the favorite game. Early in the second half, Romelu Lukaku made the tying run after putting himself for an open goal with his assumption. Despite frantic attempts by the Milanese, it stayed at 2-2 and not only did it miss first place, it also saw Atalanta approaching two points.