Antonio Conte has boosted Inter’s title chances by reviving two players, according to the Nerazzurri’s former defender Beppe Bergomi.
Speaking to Sky Sport Italia last night, however, Bergomi wanted to highlight the importance of Ivan Perisic and Christian Eriksen’s displays against the Rossoneri.
“Inter have changed because a few players have changed,” he argued.
“Perisic and Eriksen are giving the team a new dimension, now you see more happening on the left-hand side.
“Inter are doing well but the important thing is they’re now defending better compared to a few months ago.
“Eriksen has become more important when defending
“Now he’s making tackles and on one occasion in the derby he was in the Inter box to clear the ball away, which is what Conte wants.
“Everyone is on the ball mentally, even Marcelo Brozovic isn’t waving his arms about anymore.
“This is a mature team and this helps players to improve.”
Inter are now four points clear of their city rivals at the top of Serie A after a fourth straight league win, making them most people’s favourites for the Scudetto.
Conte’s side have 15 games left to play and do not have the distraction of playing in Europe, but Bergomi remains unconvinced that this is really an advantage.
“Not being in Europe can be an advantage for training sessions, but I always took an extra buzz from playing in the European cups,” he explained.
“Inter are enjoying a period of improvement and are winning the big games.
“They’re a team which is aware of its strength but the season is very long and every game must be played well.
“But the match against AC Milan was a Scudetto showdown and they won it.”
Inter will return to league action on Sunday when Conte’s side welcome in-form Genoa to San Siro.
The Nerazzurri were likened to a perfect orchestra by one report in today’s papers after their dominant display against their city rivals on Sunday.