-Who really is Milan Skriniar?
The new Inter’s CB has some merits and defects, what should we expect from him?
Today the first construction from the defence is a key moment in a team play, the first brick on which the entire team building is based. Having a defender able to break with precise filtering passes the pressure lines make the difference between creating goal opportunities or a sterile ball possession.
This was perhaps Marco Giampaolo's reasoning when he decided to give an opportunity to Milan Skriniar, a player just sold to Inter for something like 25 million euros. An amount of money that surprised many people: Skriniar was sold as a great defender while during Serie A 16/17 has not been considered as such. Especially because some people have noticed some particularly and serious mistakes from him this year.
-The ability of set up the game from the defence:
The technique and “gentleness” of his feet is surprising good in relation to his body rigidity. Skriniar plays with his head always high and always looking for a non marked player to serve with a vertical ball. Unlike many defenders, he prefers the filtering short pass instead of a long ball. His vision is such high that he sometimes prefers to direct the pass in the space and not directly on the feet of a player.
// Here Icardi cuts off Torreira, Skriniar sees Barreto behind Eder and Banega and serves him with great accuracy and speed. You have not create a 5 vs 5 close to the Inter’s box that Sampdoria exploits to score a goal.
Sometimes, however, Skriniar is too much in love with the ball and the desire to do a vertical pass is so strong does that he never feel resigned to do a banal pass of a few metres to his closest team-mate. That's why he often touches the ball too much times and this thing close even the simplest passing line, reducing him to end to do a back pass or to find support from the sideback, an ideal situation for the opposing pressing.
This style of play is dictated by a technique superior to the average level. Skriniar really possesses excellent fundamentals. Height benefits him in the arial play, he is great in the short plays and he can improve in the long passing.
And for dribbling, he is one of the few defenders who prefers to dribble using the technique and not using of the body. Very confident in his capacity that makes it particularly efficient under pressure. According to Squawka and WhoScored is fourth central defender of the Serie A with at least twenty-five appearances both for average dribbling at the game (0.5, FIRST if we consider the players with 30 or more appearances). For total dribbling succeeded he collected 19: only to say, Bonucci counts just 4, while a surprising Radu leads the rankings with 26 after Izzo's disqualification stop him at 22.
//dribbling on Toni Kroos
Skriniar is a unique player who has come up with the idea that a CB with a very good feet can become a "big defender" project, improving his defensive gaps over the time. That is why it will be interesting to see how it will work in a team with great pressure behind them like Inter, in the hands of a coach so good in the development of his players but very severe at same time with their limits. In the past Spalletti did not bother to openly criticize some of his players and nail them directly to the bench when he did not consider them to be up to do their job.
In any case, Inter will finally be able to count on a CB that can build from the defence, a technical element that was completely absent in those recent seasons.