Saturday evening’s Serie A clash with Torino will hardly be a friendly for Inter Milan despite the Nerazzurri having already sewn up a spot in the top four of the table by beating Atalanta last weekend.
This is highlighted in today’s print edition of Turin-based newspaper Tuttosport, via FCInterNews, who explain what’s at stake for Inter in the final league match of the season.
There’s no denying that a lot of the pressure is off for Inter in their last Serie A match of the season.
Victory over Atalanta on Saturday ensured that the Nerazzurri will qualify for next season’s Champions League.
Accordingly, it is not vital that Inter take any result against the Granata on the final day.
With that being said, Tuttosport notes, there is still as much as €4 million in extra revenues. Moreover, the competitive pride will surely motivate the Nerazzurri to give a good account of themselves.
Place In The Table At Stake For Inter Milan Vs Torino
First of all, Tuttosport note that Inter will still want to secure as high a place in the Serie A table as they can for themselves.
Guaranteeing a top four finish by beating Atalanta was the minimum objective. Now, Inter won’t miss out on the revenues and prestige of Europe’s top club competition next season.
However, the difference between finishing second, third, or fourth is hardly trivial.
If Inter can beat Torino, they’ll guarantee that they at least hold onto their third place spot. Moreover, they would then have a chance of overtaking Lazio in second spot, behind Napoli.
Each spot is worth an additional €2 million or so in revenue. Accordingly, Saturday’s match could be worth as much as €4 million to Inter.
Then, there is the question of competitive pride.
Inter have already lost twelve matches this season. Making it thirteen would only deepen their embarrassment, with or without a top four finish.
Moreover, the Nerazzurri will want to head into the Champions League final against Man City with momentum.
Accordingly, Tuttosport suggests, there is no reason to expect that Inter will merely go through the motions in Turin next weekend.