Inter Milan vs. Roma: What We Learned in International Champions Cup
Inter Milan defeated Roma 2-0 in the International Champions Cup on Saturday, though the win was not enough to see them through to the final of the competition.
Yuto Nagatomo and new signing Nemanja Vidic got the goals for the Milan outfit, who were deserved winners on the run of play.
Manchester United's win over Real Madrid in the other Group A game ensured they will contest the final against Liverpool, though both Italian teams can take some positives from the competition.
Here are four things we learned from the game in Philadelphia.
Inter Are Emerging as a Force Once Again
Though they couldn't quite make the final, Inter's results in the ICC should leave fans feeling positive about their progression under Walter Mazzarri.
Draws against heavyweights Real Madrid and Manchester United were solid results, even if the former were not at full strength, while the win over Roma shows the Nerazzurri can be competitive against Serie A's better sides.
Mazzarri has wrung in the changes, so it would be a surprise if Inter are actually challenging for the Scudetto, but they will certainly be looking to improve on their fifth-place league finish of last season.
Roma Are Still Reliant on Totti
Roma talisman Francesco Totti continues to be a key player at the club, even at the age of 37.
As admired as the legendary captain is, Rudi Garcia would no doubt like to find a player or players who can eventually carry out the side's creative duties as effectively as he has for so many years.
Against Inter, Totti started the game on the bench, and Roma struggled to break down a stubborn Nerazzurri defence.
Roma perhaps did not supply the No. 10 as often as they would have liked following his introduction after the hour mark, but when he did get the ball he looked like the player most likely to produce a goal.
His delightful dummy and through ball to Arnaldo Sanabria after 86 minutes was Roma's brightest moment of the game, even if the 18-year-old failed to convert the chance.
Vidic Is Set to Be a Crucial Signing for Inter
With each game in a black-and-blue shirt, Vidic becomes even more influential at the back for Inter.
After some testy moments in the first ICC game against Real Madrid, he put in a strong performance against Manchester United and capped his tournament with an excellent display in the Roma clash.
His goal was the icing on the cake in a showing that will be sure to please Mazzarri.
Destro Needs to Improve His Finishing If Roma Are to Challenge for the Title
Though it is a blessing to have a player the quality of Totti to turn to, an over-reliance on him when it comes to finding the back of the net throughout the season will only harm Roma's title ambitions.
The captain and Marco Borriello aside, Roma's attacking stocks look a little inexperienced, which is why 23-year-old Mattia Destro needs to evolve into a regular goalscorer.
In 2013-14, he found the net 14 times in the league, which is a respectable tally, but a 20-plus-goal season might be required from him if the Roman club are to push Juventus for the Scudetto.
Unfortunately, Destro was wasteful against Inter, particularly when he headed wide from point-blank range from an Alessandro Florenzi cross, so improvement is needed when the season proper gets underway.