Had a brief period of madness early on in the second half, but other than that, was rather quiet. There was really nothing he could do with the goals, and will feel let down enormously by his defenders.
His positioning was, more often than not, poor, and unfortunately for the big Brazilian, his pace is not there to get him out of trouble anymore. Barrientos and Gomez had the beating of him almost every time, and you have to wonder, after this, how long can Ranieri continue to pick him?
It's difficult to criticise Zanetti when he's let down by so many around him, but in times of crisis you need your senior players the most, and there's none more senior than Zanetti in this Inter squad; the fact is though, he didn't really offer anything. Going forward he put in a few nice crosses, and defensively he kept Bergessio fairly quiet, but you expect so much more from a player of such experience and quality.
Much like his central defensive partner, you have to wonder how long Ranieri can remain patient with Samuel. His reading of the game is clearly still there, but unfortunately, his legs just can't do the work. Gomez and Barrientos caused him all sorts of problems, and it was then that his lack of pace really came to the fore.
Was, as always, impressive going forward, making lung-bursting runs regularly down the right flank. His defensive work, though, left something to be desired. He was often caught out of position, and showed his inexperience for Gomez's goal by letting him turn onto his stronger right foot.
Looked really out of his depth in the first half. He showed little to no attacking intent, and very little bite when tracking back. Lodi, Izco and Almiron completely outclassed, outfought and outplayed the on-loan Sampdoria man, and it was little wonder that most of Catania's best moments came through the middle.
Came off at half time for Sneijder, and in truth, did nothing of any note whatsoever. Marchese kept him quiet throughout the first half, and despite a few decent crosses, it was no surprise to see him being hauled off.
A performance so unlike him it was ridiculous. There was no sign of any leadership, aggression or drive. Lodi, Izco and Almiron got the better of him, and although he did pick up somewhat in the second half, he was eventually replaced.
Of the three forwards that started the game for Inter, he was undoubtedly the quietest. His link-up play and movement was poor, and as a result, he never really got close to threatening the Catania goal.
He was by far and away the busiest of the Inter strikers, and looked the most likely to score. His movement was always lively, and he wasn't afraid to pick up the ball and run at the Catania defence. Unfortunately though, for long periods, his team-mates weren't quite on his wavelength. When they were though, Milito came alive, and he struck a stunning right-footed drive across goal for the equaliser.
Started the game really brightly, drifting infield from his starting position out wide on the left. He wasn't afraid to take the ball and run at the Catania defence, and had a number of decent efforts on goal. He made the breakthrough on 70 minutes by smashing home only his second goal in an Inter shirt, and set up Milito's leveller with a fine pass.
He was never really threatened in the first half, apart from a few long shots from Forlan that he dealt well with. In the second period though, he looked susceptible somewhat, palming Forlan's shot into his own net, and not commanding his area when called upon.
Was never really troubled by Faraoni, and kept him nullified expertly. It was in an attacking sense though, where he really shone. He was tireless down the left flank, giving Gomez options and creating space for the 24-year-old Argentine. It was his cross for Izco on 38 minutes that put his side two goals up.
Unfazed in the first half, his game, like a lot of the Catania players, turned completely in the second. He was composed and influenced the game heavily in the first period with his reading of the game and his communication. The second 45 though saw Inter step their game up, and the movement of Miltio and Sneijder really caught him out.
Much like his central defensive partner, Legrottaglie's performance really suffered in the second half once Inter had stepped up their game. He dealt well with the physical presence of Pazzini, but after the break Milito's improved movement and the cleverness of Sneijder really caught out the former Juventus man.
Tried his best to fluff his goal, but luckily for him, it managed to crawl in. And that really was the icing on top of a rather large and brilliant cake. Along with his partners Lodi and Almiron, the former Tigre midfielder was completely dominant in the centre of the park, nullifying the threat of Cambiasso superbly.
He was troubled early on by Forlan's constant movement inside. But after that brief blip, he got forward well, and offered Barrientos options out wide. He, like his defensive partners, didn't cope well with the constant Inter onslaught late on, but he can be pleased with his performance overall.
For the first 20 minutes, the former San Lorenzo man was absolutely everywhere. His pace and non-stop movement caused Inter's back line all sorts of trouble, and it was no surprise when he twisted Nagatomo inside-out to scored the Rossazzurri's first goal.
The Catania midfield were all, really, one and the same: full of drive, aggression and tireless energy, and Lodi was no different. His vision and range of passing was clear for all to see, but he wasn't afraid to get stuck in when needed, laying into Cambiasso on a number of occasions.
He was a constant threat in behind the Inter defence, and caused Samuel and Lucio some many problems with his pace. He should have done a lot better with two chances: a slip inside the box right on half time, and a missed chip just after the break. But other than that, he was very impressive, laying on the pass for Gomez's goal as well.
Absolutely first class. He was at the heart of everything Catania did well, and made Inter's central midfield pairing of Cambiasso and Palombo look like amateurs. His through ball for Barrientos at the end of the first half was a particular highlight: flicking the ball over four static Inter players, to set up what should have been an easy finish for the Argentine striker.
- 12 L. Castellazzi
- 40 Juan
- 2 I. Córdoba
Came on at half time, and showed why Ranieri was a fool to leave him out. His vision and speed of thought were so much higher than that of his team-mates it was disgusting. The flicks, tricks and coy passes probably would have come off with players around him of a higher quality, but unfortunately, that's not Inter at the moment.
Came on with half an hour to go for Cambiasso, and was fairly lively in the time he had on the pitch. With Catania legs tiring, he had more time on the ball than was allowed to his Argentine team-mate, and looked to make the most of it. He linked up quite a few times with Sneijder, and looked to work back, often dispossessing Almiron or Lodi.
Entered the field with 60 minutes gone, and, in truth, did very little. He replaced Palombo in a direct swap, and looked really uncomfortable siting in central midfield. He showed a few nice touches late on, but not really enough to make any lasting impact.
- 28 M. Zárate
- 1 T. Košický
- 33 C. Capuano
- 14 G. Bellusci
Came on with 15 minutes to go, and was really overrun by Poli and Sneijder. He also missed a great chance with five minutes to go, shooting straight at Cesar from eight yards out.
Came on with five minutes remaining, and had no time to make an impact on the game.
- 19 A. Ricchiuti
Replaced Bergessio on 69 minutes, and looked to offer something a little bit different for Catania, by holding up the ball, and bringing in the midfield. He didn't do any of this though, and looked really poor.