Inter Milan Almost Scored One Of The Best Team Goals Ever Last Night, It Was Football Art
Inter Milan used the new goal-kick to rule put together a stunning 12-pass move that bypased the Barcelona press at the Nou Camp.
The Nerazzurri, who went 1-0 up in the game through Lautaro Martinez before losing 2-1 courtesy of a Luis Suarez brace, were incredibly impressive away at the La Liga champions.
Antonio Conte's side really took the game to Barca and were not afraid to play out from the back - a prime example coming in the 39th minute when Inter played the Blaugrana at their own game.
As part of a series of new laws introduced, goal kicks do not need to leave the area - meaning that defenders are able to collect the ball in the 18-yard box while opposition players still need to remain outside the penalty area until the kick is taken.
And having trialled it successfully in pre-season, Samir Handanovic and his defenders used to it great effect once again last night.
Positional discipline, trust in your teammates ability, composure, technique, movement. This Inter Milan build up play versus Barcelona tonight was only missing the finish! pic.twitter.com/k9gGvTuBzb- Keepitonthedeck (@Keepitonthedeck) October 3, 2019
Conte has only been in charge for a few months and already has inter playing like this.- BANG ! (@ImKepa) October 2, 2019
The Slovenian had the composure and nerve to chip the ball out to his teammate inside the box and it then set his side on a glorious sequence that saw them go close through an effort from Stefano Sensi.
The poetry in motion passing move had everything but the finishing touch and unfortunately Inter would rue missed chance as two second half strikes from Suarez inflicted their first defeat of this season's Champions League campaign.
Lionel Messi at his dazzling best- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) October 2, 2019
The Argentine skips away from numerous challengers before laying in Luis Suárez for his second...
Just sublime :raised_hands: pic.twitter.com/2YDS0u0lR8
Conte was pleased with the manner in which his team played but stressed that it doesn't count for all that much given the result.
"We deserved more from the match and we should have been better at making the most of the opportunities we created, we put a great team like Barcelona in difficulty," Conte told Sky Sport Italia.
"In the second half our energy level dropped but this was the sixth game in a few days and some players have played in them all.
"The way we played when in possession was intended to hurt Barcelona. Their goal was to simply keep the ball. At a certain point we no longer had that same lucidity to go out and beat their press but the team gave it their all.
"I am happy with the way the team performed but we lost and we have to understand that we have to improve even more to try not to suffer in the future. We must not go back happy because this is not the mentality that a great team should have. To grow, we must return home angry, because it is not a positive result."