As Inter’s fantastic season comes to an end, the SempreInter.com staff takes a look at the year which has just concluded. So far we have looked at who the staff think has been the best player of the season, the worst player of the season, best signing of last season, the worst signing of last season, best moment of last season and overall impression of the season.
Now we conclude the series by looking to the future as the staff details what they expect to see next season.
“Inter needs to continue to make Champions League. Good to be back, but it has to be consistent. Inter’s CL goal should be to make it out of the group. Alternatively, Inter should fight for the 2nd place spot. Sell Icardi this summer and use that money to put together a proper team.”
“I would like to see Inter comfortably finish in the top four in Serie A next season. As for the Champions League, I’d like to see us just get out of the group stage and see where things go from there. With the right team in place, we can go deep in the competition.”
“3rd. Confidently finishing within a Champions League spot.”
“Scudetto Challenge. Round of 16 in the Champions League.”
“Serie A: Fight for the Scudetto and/or finish top 3. Coppa Italia: Finals. UCL: Advance past group stage.”
“I expect us to finish Top 3 next season, and hopefully last longer in the Scudetto race. I don’t think we can bridge the gap with Juve in 12 months, but we should be aiming to push them a little further than this year. We should be aiming to get out of our Champions League group too, although that may depend a lot on our draw.”
Andrew Di Franco
“Champions League qualification again and depending on summer mercato, maybe a Scudetto contention.”
“To at least qualify for the round of last 16 in the Champions League and to establish the team in the top 4. Without the drama this time.”
“We’ll play one more competition and the most demanding one. So basically it comes up to who we bring in, and who are we letting go, we need to solve our first 11 problems, and we need to strengthen the bench also. With De Vrij, Asamoah, Lautaro coming in we got a good head start, but we need to add more, and it is paramount to get to keep players like Rafinha, who besides obvious techniqual qualities has a tremendous character that rubs off the guys well. If we solve the right wing problem, our right fullback by redeeming Cancelo or finding another deal like that, and add a strong player in the middle of the park, keeping players like Skriniar and 25+ striker like Icardi, I expect us to keep up with the first 3 teams in the league. If not so, it will be a struggle to quality next year as well, because playing CL next year will drain us, and to qualify again you’d need a strong(er) bench, something we don’t currently have.”
“It’s impossible to know what to expect until we know what kind of transfer market we’ve had. At this moment in time though I wouldn’t be putting any money on a Scudetto challenge. The key to next season, as uninspiring as it may sound, will be nailing down another top four finish, and that could prove harder than it did this season given that this time we’ll have a Champions League campaign to juggle alongside our Serie A commitments (and it doesn’t sound like we’re going to have unlimited financial resources to prepare ourselves for that challenge during the summer, either). If you offered me another 4th place finish the rational side of me would take it without much hesitation.”
“Another top 4 finish, maybe breaking into the top 3 with some 2-3 quality additions.”
“I fully expect Inter to aim higher in the table. They should be able to challenge for Scudetto while finishing the season with at least one trophy.”
“Consolidate our top 4 status.”
“I expect us todo well next season, possibly pick up a few more points but not much more than that. With the reported signings of Malcom as well as the confirmed signings of Martínez, Nainggolan, De Vrij and Asamoah, we will have a better squad however with the UEFA Champions League games as well, the players may get more tired so rotation is key which could be an issue for us. Top four is the expectation again, anything else is a bonus to me.”
Nima Tavallaey Roodsari
Too early to say anything right now given that the squad will undergo many changes in the summer, but as a minimum a top 4 position in the Serie A is a must as is qualification from the group stages of the Champions League.