Former Inter head coach Andrea Stramaccioni believes that the Nerazzurri are back to being in the driver’s seat for the Serie A title.
Speaking to Italian broadcaster Radio RAI, Stramaccioni gave his thoughts on the team’s form, on tomorrow’s Coppa Italia clash with AC Milan, and compared their wobble in February and March to bad periods under Antonio Conte.
Inter surged in form during the first half of the season to take what looked like a commanding lead at the top of the Serie A table, but faltered from the start of February onwards to find themselves in a much less comfortable position.
Seven points from seven matches gave the appearance that the team were in crisis, and raised serious doubts that they could go on and win either the Scudetto or the Coppa Italia.
However, coach Simone Inzaghi appears to have righted the ship based on their three wins from three since threturn from the international break, and Stramaccioni believes that they’re back in control.
“It happens to all teams in a season, it also happened to Conte,” he said. “I don’t think this is the problem, the real strength lies in how you react.”
“I think Inter have done it,” he added. “The emblem was their victory at the Allianz Stadium, after that they’ve looked much more fluid and for me are the number one candidate for the Scudetto.”
“But a derby can cause a different reaction
Of tomorrow’s match he said that “A derby is always a derby, I think it’s the fourth in a historic season. Inter and Milan are back fighting for the Scudetto and the Coppa Italia.”
“The two Milanese teams are at the top of Italian football,” he continued, “a derby always leaves something that influences the following matches.”
“The derby won by Milan in the final minutes gave them something positive,” Stramaccioni stated. “This Coppa match will send a team to the final, and this can influence the title race.”