Inter head coach Simone Inzaghi has clarified the objectives of the club ahead of the new season, with the club aiming for a top four finish in Serie A and a strong showing in the Champions League.
This according to today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, who report that the manager wants to set realistic expectations for the club after a difficult summer, but that he considers the goals more than attainable.
The Nerazzurri will be defending the Scudetto during the upcoming season, having won the Italian title for the first time in eleven years under Antonio Conte.
However, Conte has departed to be replaced by Inzaghi, and the likes of Achraf Hakimi and Romelu Lukaku have followed him out the exit door, and the new coach does not want to set the expectation that the club should be Scudetto favourites right away.
The manager has been working hard along with the squad in preseason training to create a cohesive team and to make up for the losses suffered during the summer, while new signings can also contribute to the cause.
However, Inzaghi is aiming for the top four this season, and will not see the failure to defend the Scudetto as a disappointing season necessarily.
Meanwhile, in the Champions League, the coach wants to take the Nerazzurri into the knockout rounds of the competition, something not achieved by the club since the 2011-12 season, and an accomplishment which eluded Conte despite his success in the league.