Five Things We Learned From Inter This Week: “Alexis Sanchez Playing For His Nerazzurri Future”

Five Things We Learned From Inter This Week: “Alexis Sanchez Playing For His Nerazzurri Future”
May 10, 2021 18:00
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Inter descended into full party mode this weekend with a thumping 5-1 win over Sampdoria at San Siro.

There were goals for fringe players Alexis Sanchez (2), Andrea Pinamonti and Roberto Gagliardini as Conte rotated his side.

A fantastic display gave Inter a win to celebrate last week’s coronation.

Here’s what we learned from Inter this week.

1. Alexis Sanchez Playing For His Nerazzurri Future

With rumours of wage deferrals and cost cutting on the horizon, Inter’s high earners are set to be taken to task.

Despite being a player who features predominantly from the bench, Alexis Sanchez is on a large income so could be a player who’s is targeted.

Sanchez has been very useful for the club since his arrival on loan in 2019, contributing an impressive 20 goal involvements in 21 starts.

Saturday’s display was a reminder of his qualities and it certainly will give him an argument for remaining on the pay roll next term.

2. Roberto Gagliardini Playing Out Of His Skin

The much maligned Roberto Gagliardini was excellent on Saturday evening.

A brilliant finish from Ashley Young’s low cross after just four minutes was then coupled with a delightful lobbed assist for Alexis Sanchez’s first goal.

Gagliardini has been criticised heavily over the past 18 months as Inter now possess players beyond his quality but he certainly upped his game against Samp.

Marauding runs and a delicate touch to match. Kudos to the former Atalanta man.

3. Antonio Conte’s Comments Reassuring

The former Juventus man has officially become part of the Interisti.

Since last weekend’s triumph, Antonio Conte has been severely praising his squad and management.

His comments in the media have been massively encouraging for fans who now feel assured that he will be at the club next term.

This could well be the start of a Conte dynasty at the club.

4. Inter’s Deadwood Could Be A Money Maker

Joao Mario, Radja Nainggolan, Dalbert, Antonio Candreva and Valentino Lazaro could take Inter in some much needed funds.

There is a slight chance that Lazaro may come back but it seems as if it is curtains for the other men.

Whilst there may not be massive fees involved, Inter may trim a significant amount of money off the wage bill with the likes of Nainggolan and Mario leaving, whom were brought in as big transfers.

Although the squad may need a few more departures, it must not be underestimated the impact of these sales could have to Inter’s finances.

5. Steven Zhang’s Strategy To Balance Books Needs To Be Clear

Like most big clubs during the pandemic, Inter are financially damaged with no revenue from gate receipts.

It seems that a wage deferral scheme is set to be implemented by the club’s president Steven Zhang but more clarity is needed.

With the media unnecessarily hounding Inter and spreading stories of player unhappiness due to the financial situation, the Suning group need to bring some reassurance.

At what is a truly special time for the Nerazzuri faithful, a statement of intent is needed to stop all the media scaremongering from hanging like a black cloud over the club’s name.

By Jake Smalley