Italian journalist Andre Di Caro feels that the way that Inter are currently playing is a way off of not just how they played when they won the Serie A title under Antonio Conte but also their best football under Simone Inzaghi last season.

Writing in his column in today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, Di Caro contrasted the style of play that the Nerazzurri are currently struggling with from the more assertive versions of themselves over the past couple of seasons.

Inter had been expected by many to kick on from last season, with coach Simone Inzaghi having now had a full season and three transfer windows in which to shape the team in his image and further develop their style of play.

However, early signs this season are that the Nerazzurri are not only not growing from how the coach had them play as he transitioned them away from Conte’s approach last season, but not even hitting the level that they had last campaign.

Di Caro writes that “For Inter the positive thing, apart from the three points, is the desire shown by the entire unified group to fight for it to the very end.”

“But almost everything else was missing,” he continued, “intensity, brilliance, quality, and danger.”

Di Caro suggests that “This Inter, which concedes so much to its opponents, is not only a very far from Conte’s fierce, compact and title-winning one (useless to continue to make comparisons), but also distant from the team of last season which at least tried to show something different.”

“After a win you tend work better, but there is really a lot to do,” he concludes.