Legendary former Inter defender Beppe Bergomi feels that the Nerazzurri have let their level drop this season due to an inability to reinforce the team that won the Scudetto last season.

Speaking to Italian broadcaster Sky Sport Italia, Bergomi noted that whereas normally title-winning sides strengthen themselves with signings for the following season, the Nerazzurri didn’t even make up for the departures in last summer’s transfer window.

Inter went through a summer of major upheaval last summer which saw Achraf Hakimi depart and Christian Eriksen forced out of the team for health reasons, before the shock sale of the man who had led the team in goals and assists in the form of Romelu Lukaku.

New signings arrived to take the place of these key men, and they have played a role in keeping the team in contention for the Scudetto until the very end of the season as well as winning the Coppa Italia.

However, as Bergomi pointed out, the Nerazzurri’s failure to really consolidate their position and keep rivals like AC Milan, Napoli, and Juventus at bay with new signings makes them unusual among title-winning teams.

“Normally a team that wins the league will make a couple signings to be more competitive in the Champions League,” he pointed out.

“Instead,” he went on, “Inter has taken a step backwards. And based on the rumours swirling around there will be more sacrifices, Inter will have to make a profit in this transfer window as well.”