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Unsung Hero: Nicolo Barella was an integral defensive presence for Internazionale

Unsung Hero: Nicolo Barella was an integral defensive presence for Internazionale

Internazionale put in a superb defensive performance on Wednesday that saw them keep a clean sheet against Borussia Dortmund.

This came from a game in which they reduced the German outfit to just five shots, which is the lowest number they have conceded since Opta began recording this type of data.

Diego Godin, Stefan de Vrij and Milan Skriniar received most of the accreditation for this when the club posted about it on Twitter, but Nicolo Barella played an integral part in the team’s defensive game from midfield.

Barella made a total of 6 tackles throughout the game, which was double the amount of any other player on the pitch, as per WhoScored.

He also made 3 interceptions, which put him level with Axel Witsel, De Vrij and Marcelo Brozovic as having the most from any player in the match.

The 22-year-old was not only effective defensively though, as he made 1 dribble, 1 key pass and completed 88% of all the passes that he completed.

This game saw the Italy international really step up from a defensive standpoint, as his league average for tackles and interceptions are 1.5 and 0.4 respectively.

It was important that Inter won this game, as the result has taken them above Dortmund in the group and put them in second place.

Barella may not have got a goal or assist, or been part of the backline, but he played an integral role in ensuring Inter got the win.

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Inter fans, what did you make of Barella’s performance? Join the discussion by commenting below…

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