Tactical inflexibility, psychological stumbling blocks, and some badly-timed injuries have been among the ingredients for Inter’s early-season crisis.

This is the view in today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, who identify these as factors that have led the Nerazzurri to start the campaign in disappointing and erratic form.

Tactically, Inter rarely deviate from the 3-5-2 shape that has become customary for coach Simone Inzaghi.

Whilst this system of play can look very impressive and effective when it comes off, some limitations have been exposed this campaign.

Gaps between the defenders, midfielders, and wingbacks have appeared which opponents have been able to exploit on the counterattack as the Nerazzurri have not always been at their best in terms of compactness on the pitch or reacting between the attacking and defensive phase.

Moreover, the shape has not always proved ideal for allowing the players to link up in attack or create chances for the strikers.

The Gazzetta further argues that Inter are continuing to deal with the mental fallout of their loss away to Bologna last April.

The feeling within the squad is still not one of confidence or self-belief as far as fighting for their most ambitious goals, the newspaper suggests.

Lastly, the injuries to Marcelo Brozovic and, particularly, Romelu Lukaku, have restricted coach Inzaghi’s options for setting up the team, the Gazzetta notes.