Italian Journalist Paolo Condo: “6.5/10 To Inter Milan In First Half Of Season, Brilliant In Cup Competitions But 6 League Defeats Unacceptable”
Italian journalist Paolo Condo feels that Inter’s first half of the season has been passable, but far too erratic to be any more than that.
Writing in his column in today’s print edition of Rome-based newspaper La Repubblica, via FCInterNews, Condo graded the Nerazzurri’s campaign so far at 6.5/10, factoring both their most high-profile victories and the inconsistency that has led to six losses in the league alone so far.
When Inter have been at the races, few could deny that they have looked like a team living up to their potential.
Victories over the likes of Barcelona, Napoli, and AC Milan in particular mean that it would be hard to see the Nerazzurri’s first part of the campaign as a complete failure.
However, the Nerazzurri are already all but out of the title race against Napoli, and this reflects a total inability to sustain their best form over the long haul.
“Despite having brought home the first piece of silverware on offer in the form of the Supercoppa, and reached the Champions League knockout rounds at the expense of Barcelona, Inter don’t deserve any higher than a 6.5/10 because six defeats in the league is too many.”
“The loss to Empoli all but ended their pursuit of Napoli, thirteen points is a huge gap which is more than the nine-point gap at the halfway mark last season.”
“Meanwhile, the summer signings have not had the desired effect,” Condo notes, “particularly Romelu Lukaku.”
“In any case, in addition to the Coppa Italia to fight for, Inzaghi can also look ahead to a Champions League round of sixteen tie,” he adds.
“With all due respect to Porto, it is the most favourable one they could have hoped for.”