Football fans from all around the world are currently excited about the ongoing Champions League, with some of the best European football teams competing for the grand prize.
One football club that has caught the attention of many fans of the sport is Inter Milan. At the time of writing this article, Inter has gone through one of a total of six Champions League matches.
Unfortunately, the first match ended in a 1:0 win for Inter’s competitors Real Madrid. While there are another five Champions League matches for Inter, some football fans are starting to doubt the club’s chances of winning the Champions League Group D. For more official news about Inter, be sure to visit their official website.
Inter Experiences A Not So Smooth Champions League Start
Inter’s first match in Group D was against Real Madrid at San Siro on Wednesday, 15 September. Although Inter’s performance during the first half of the game was good, a number of missed opportunities caused them to lose, with Real Madrid ending up the winner of the game and earning 3 points for the final group qualification.
The opening match for Inter’s Champions League season was the first appearance for its new manager Simone Inzaghi.
This was definitely not the start he was hoping for when he took over the manager post last summer, replacing Antonio Conte. This being said, there is still hope for Inter to turn things around and become one of the top Group D teams.
While Inter Milan is considered one of the two strongest teams in Group D, some people are doubtful about its winning chances.
Recently, the football legend Lothar Matthaus expressed his doubts about Inter Milan, or any Italian club for that matter, winning the Champions League.
According to Matthaus, the transfers during the summer were a factor that caused certain turmoil for Inter and many other Italian clubs, for that matter.
Strong players like Achraf Hakimi and Romelu Lukaku parted ways with Inter. Meanwhile, Juventus also experienced a hit with high-profile player Cristiano Ronaldo leaving the club.
Matthaus believes that currently, no Italian teams are strong enough to compete against other major European teams.
Key Things to Take Into Account After The Match Against Real Madrid
Despite the unfortunate start of the Champions League season for Inter, it is still a strong competitor for the top spot in Group D.
Even though they lost against Real Madrid, they showed a strong performance for the majority of the game. Having to withstand the opponent team’s attacks until the 89th minute is definitely something worth praising.
Despite losing the match, there are several outtakes from the game between Inter and Real Madrid. Milan Skriniar proved to be an outstanding player in the backend, despite having to play under a new manager.
When former manager Antonio Conte took over Inter, Skriniar had to adjust to the new position of a back three as he was previously playing as a back four.
In the match against Real Madrid, Skriniar was considered one of the strongest opponents, with him performing two amazing blocks later in the game.
He gave Inter quite the opportunities to end up winners but the chances were blown in the 89th minute.
Another key player for Inter in the match against Real Madrid was Marcelo Brozovic. He was the team’s best midfielder, showing a great performance by being physical, creating challenges for the other team, and re-gaining possession of the ball.
Brozovic proved to be a player with great decision-making skills, compensating for the failings of some of his teammates.
During the late second half of the match, Inzaghi decided to switch Dzeko with Joaquin Correa. As Correa and Martinez are familiar with each other after playing together for Argentina, they proved to be a very successful duo.
This, however, was the fourth match in a row where the two players did not play upfront together. As Correa and Martinez have the potential to be a very effective duo for Inter, the team should consider letting them play together.
Despite the great performance of Inter’s Champions League top goal scorers, the team lost their first match.
This being said, they are far from being defeated and need to put all of their focus and hard work towards their upcoming matches in Group D.