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    31.01.2014 16:01 - in: Serie A S

    #TacticalTalk: Inter

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    Rodrigo Palacio has been by far Inter’s most prolific player with 10 strikes, but the goals have dried up in recent weeks for Walter Mazzarri’s side

    Inter have plenty of attacking threats - Mauro Icardi scored more goals against Juve in 2013 than any other player and no one has gone past his man more times than Ricky Alvarez this season - but they have struggled to make it count of late with just one goal in their last four league games.

    Rodrigo Palacio is the team’s top marksman (and the joint-fourth in Serie A) with 10 league strikes so far, but he is still without a goal in 2014.

    Juve will by now be well aware of fellow Nerazzurri striker Icardi’s talents: the young Argentine rifled a first-time shot past Gigi Buffon at the San Siro when the teams last met in September and also scored a double against the Bianconeri at Juventus Stadium whilst playing for Sampdoria.

    It’s defender Yuto Nagatomo, however, who is second to Palacio in the Nerazzurri goalscoring leaderboard with five.

    Inter have been particularly dangerous in the air, with six headers scored between league and Coppa Italia. They have also netted five from corners, though curiously none of them were headers.

    Another source of goals to highlight is an unusually large slice of luck: three own goals have been scored in their favour, more than any other team has been fortunate enough to benefit from. However, Inter are also one of only two sides not to have been awarded a penalty.

    In terms of formation, Walter Mazzarri lined his men up in a 3-4-2-1 with Palacio and Alvarez supporting Diego Milito in Sunday’s 0-0 draw at home to Catania, tweaked slightly from the setup deployed the previous week in the 1-0 loss away at Genoa, when Alvarez operated in a free role in support of a Milito-Palacio strike partnership.

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