Despite signing quality players to boost the loose team whose European and world ranking has dropped to minimum, International Milan are still finding it difficult to win a home league game which has led to the sack of manager and replaced by interim one. But the players are beginning to step up their heels as Mauro Icardi late double helped interim coach, Stefano Vecchi sign off on his temporary spell in charge of the club with a 3-0 victory over newly promoted Crotone.
With the Milan derby around the corner which will be played at the San Siro after the FIFA international break, Vecchi was handed the first-team reins for two matches following the dismissal of coach Frank de Boer last week, and, after overseeing a 2-1 Europa League defeat at Southampton on Thursday, at least departed on the back of a victory.
The Italian giants announced prior to kick-off that a permanent replacement for De Boer would be confirmed in the next 48 hours, with former Lazio boss Stefano Pioli and ex-Villarreal coach Marcelino believed to be leading the race, and whoever takes charge may now find a more confident set of players than originally anticipated.
Goalkeeper Alex Cordaz impressed against his former club as Crotone defended stoically, but he was finally beaten in the 84th minute when he failed to stop Ivan Perisic’s late strike slipping beneath him.
Icardi supplied the assist for Perisic and then got on the scoresheet himself, drawing a foul from Gianmarco Ferrari inside the box and slamming the resultant penalty into the bottom-left corner.
Inter captain Icardi completed the scoring when he volleyed home his fifth goal in his last four outings in all competitions from substitute Eder’s cross as the Nerazzurri returned to winning ways.
The win gives the Nerazzurri a life line as they’ll be lining up against their city rivals, AC Milan at the San Siro after the FIFA international break this November.