Inter can reach 46 points with a win over Torino tomorrow, and this would take them to a higher mid-season total than they had ever achieved under Jose Mourinho or Antonio Conte.
This is highlighted in today’s print edition of Rome-based newspaper Corriere dello Sport, who note that current coach Simone Inzaghi can overtake the pair with this points tally at the halfway point of the season.
Roberto Mancini reached points totals of 51 and then 49 in the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons respectively, the current records for the club at this stage of the season.
In his two seasons in charge Mourinho got to 43 and then 45, while Conte has also never gotten to 46, so Inzaghi can already outdo his illustrious predecessors.
Reaching 46 points at this stage of the campaign is no guarantee of the Scudetto, however, nor is finishing the year with the status of “winter champions.”
The Nerazzurri have been top of the table at Christmas on seventeen occasions in their history, but on only eleven of these did they finish the season as champions.
During the 1990-91 season for example, Inter were top of the table halfway through the season, but it was Sampdoria who prevailed in the end that campaign.
However, since then Inter have won the Scudetto in all four of the seasons in which they have gone into the winter break top of the table, a more positive precedent.
Since the advent of the era of three points for a win in the 1994-95 season the team who has gone into the winter break top of the table has gone on to win the Scudetto eighteen times out of 27.