After ten long years of waiting, Inter is finally playing a Serie A season as defending champions.
Given all the recent changes to Inter’s structure, the biggest question on the minds of almost everyone is can they do it again, and how could they possibly do it?
This summer in football has been the wildest we’ve seen in a long time. We’ve had everything from manager shuffling, team restructuring, awesome deals on pin-vip-code.com — and media-buzzing transfers, of course.
There were record-breaking transfers, as well as heartbreaking ones. Inter has had its share of heartbreaking transfers, considering the move of their star forward Romelu Lukaku to Chelsea.
We also saw Achraf Hakimi move to the French side Paris-Saint Germain, alongside the departure of Ashley Young as a free agent and many more.
Furthermore, Antonio Conte resigned from his duties at the club and the club is still missing one of its key players in Christian Eriksen who is still working his way back to fitness following his collapse at the Euro 2020.
Despite popular opinion, Serie A seems to have transformed for the better. It saw players and coaches leave and come in. This off-season witnessed the return of Jose Mourinho to the league as AS Roma head coach.
Also, Allegri made his return to Juventus who also lost Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester United.
With so many turning gears it is easy to wonder if Inter has what it takes to retain their title in the midst of all these changes.
How Could They Possibly Do It?
Despite the loss of multiple key players, Inter still remains a very strong team. With the addition of Eden Dzeko to pair with Lautaro Martinez, the attack remains strong. Martinez and Dzeko pairing have everything to become just as lethal as last season’s pairing.
Not too much changed at the defensive end and at the midfield, but definitely, Darmian would receive a lot more playing time following the departure of Hakimi.
Considering the style of play, the system would most likely remain the same since Inzaghi favours the 3-5-2 formation just like his predecessor Antonio Conte.
It is, however, going to be a big test for Inzaghi managing a team like Inter. His previous club had exceptional players but not as much depth as Inter.
It would be interesting to see how he sets up his players and rotates his squad to maximize efficiency. There would be no room for mistakes, Inter would need to be just as good, if not better than they were last season. It’s a tough achievement winning the Serie A, but an even tougher one retaining it.
To retain the title, Inter would need key players like Barella to take on more of a leadership role. It comes as no surprise that Inter might need to switch tactics in games to get the better of the other teams.
Using the same tactics might be counterproductive since many teams would have spent hours trying to break down every play.
Every team would love to beat Inter for bragging rights as well as a place at the top, thus it is integral that they go into every game like it’s the decisive final game of the season.
With so much uncertainty in the game of football, Inter Milan seems to have a lot of work ahead of them against seasoned competitors as well as the ever-changing dynamics of the game.
This season is already shaping out to be a spectacular season — for all the right reasons.