Former Inter defender Antonio Paganin doesn’t feel optimistic about the Nerazzurri’s prospects headed into the upcoming season, and believes that they’ll struggle to gain qualification to the Champions League.

Speaking to to Italian broadcaster TMW Radio, reported by FCInter1908, the 55-year-old suggested that, rather than defending last season’s Scudetto crown, Inter will be struggling to finish in the top four in Serie A.

This summer has been one of upheaval for the Nerazzurri, with the team adjusting to new coach Simone Inzaghi’s ideas after the departure of Scudetto-winning coach Antonio Conte while losing key players and trying to bring in replacements.

The squad remains strong despite the departures, and Inzaghi is a well-regarded manager, but as Paganin suggests, the transition will not be easy headed into the new season, and expectations of a strong title defense could be dashed by a season of more adversity, and the Nerazzurri could find themselves in a scrap for top four.

“Inter cannot fight for the title,” predicted Paganin, “We can already see the disconnect between the principles of Conte and Inzaghi. In my opinion they will really struggle even with staying in the top four.”