There are feelings, those that lead you to say hastily that an Inter without Mauro Icardi, loses in danger and sense of goal.
Because, in short, 122 goals in the Nerazzurri certainly do not go in the cavalry.
Then, however, there are other figures that make us think.
Numbers arid, but very clean, that only the technicians and those who attend the secret rooms (locker rooms) will be able to “explain” in depth.
The matches played by Inter are five in the season without his (ex) captain. And by chance, Spalletti’s team won them all.
But the thing that is surprising is the goal: 13 goals, just one in the passive. A car. Of course, we will object (and not wrongly) that the matches with Bologna, Cagliari, Genoa, Rapid Vienna, and Sampdoria are not really big matches.
If you want, you can add to the list also the 3-0 to Frosinone, in which Mauro has participated only in the last 13 ‘, to result in safe.
But remaining in those five games stands out the average goal that breaks through the 2.5 per game, with four races with at least two markings.
An impressive figure, compared to the rest of the Nerazzurri season. In fact, with Icardi on the pitch, Inter scored more than two goals in just two occasions out of 28 (Lazio-Inter and Inter-Benevento of Coppa Italia).
That the problems of Spalletti are in the offensive phase, says the ranking, in a clear and round. In fact, Inter has the second best defense of Serie A, but only the eighth attack (on equal merit with Sassuolo) of the championship.
Will it be Maurito’s fault? Of course not. But if the numbers grow without him, there will be some explanation. And it does not have to be technical in nature …
Icardi became Inter captain at the start of the 2015-16 season. And if we look at the matches played by the Nerazzurri without him since then, the figure is significant: 18 wins, 2 draws and just 2 losses. An average stratospheric point of 2.54 per game. Singular for a captain with the qualities of an undisputed bomber.