Former Inter midfielder Dario Morello believes coach Antonio Conte has moulded the Nerazzurri into his own team after a difficult start.
Inter went into the weekend’s round of fixtures nine points clear at the top of the Serie A table as they seek a first Scudetto since 2010, although an outbreak of COVID-19 saw yesterday’s match against Sassuolo postponed.
Morello felt that Conte had been able to forge the team into the way he wanted them to play and Inter were now reaping the results, but warned against declaring the Biscione champions just yet.
“The path is very good, there were problems at the beginning but I believe that this has now become Conte’s Inter,” the 53-year-old claimed in an interview with Tuttocampo.it.
“The team has taken enormous confidence and beyond the results it has conveyed the determination of the players, and I see a very complete team. It is not right to talk about the Scudetto just yet, there is a long way to go and Inter are always capable of doing something crazy.”
Morello assessed Inter’s main competitors for the title this season and admitted that he had been impressed by the development of AC Milan since the arrival of Paolo Maldini as director.
“Milan are a team I liked straight away. They were built in just two or three years when Maldini and the other managers committed to a long-term project and the results are now being seen. They have had bad luck with injuries and could have done with [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic being available recently, because they create a lot without finishing chances.
“Juventus are no longer the team they were over the last few years. They must slowly be rebuilt because they have players approaching the end of their careers and must now start planning for the future.”
With the Nerazzurri unable to take on Sassuolo this weekend, Morello suggested that the postponement was necessary for the safety of the players, despite claims of inconsistency in protocols across the season.
“The postponement created a bit of discontent because there was discrepancy with other clubs, but it is necessary to understand that the decision was made because there was talk of a great fear of wide-spread contagion within the Inter squad.
“Secondly, it was dictated by the fear that Sassuolo players could also be infected. There are regulations and it is right that they are implemented, but in my opinion this must be evaluated on a case by case basis,” Morello concluded.