Inter Milan coach Simone Inzaghi is starting to look “like a kid in a candy store” in the derby against AC Milan.

This is the view in today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, via FCInterNews, who note how the clashes with the Rossoneri are starting to become a real signature fixture for the 47-year-old coach.

Since joining Inter in the summer of 2021, Inzaghi has taken charge of ten Milan derbies.

There have been five in Serie A, two in the Coppa Italia, two in the Champions League, and one Supercoppa Italiana.

Inzaghi’s record in derbies has been enviable. The coach has managed six wins, with two draws and two losses.

In a fixture with a reputation for being unpredictable, Inzaghi’s consistent ability to get the result looks impressive.

Simone Inzaghi Makes The Milan Derby His Match

For many of the best coaches from Inter’s recent past – from Jose Mourinho and Roberto Mancini through to Antonio Conte and Luciano Spalletti – the derby is something of an up-and-down fixture.

Even for a top, in-form Inter team, clashes with the Rossoneri always represent a particular challenge.

The sense is that the form book goes out the window when Inter and Milan meet. The derby is a fixture that tends to serve up late drama and topsy turvy results.

And yet, in 2023 in particular, Inzaghi has managed to rip up that script.

In match after match against the Rossoneri, Inzaghi’s Inter have had Milan’s number.

This has perhaps detracted from the entertainment value of the derby, at least for the neutral. The chaos has diminished as Inter have managed to strenghten their grip on the rivalry under Inzaghi.

But for the coach, that’s not necessarily such a bad thing.

Inzaghi’s tenure at Inter has had major ups and downs of its own.

Therefore, for the Nerazzurri coach, the derby has become a source of stability. Like a “kid in a candy store” Inzaghi can simply grab another piece of candy from the fixture without having to think too hard about it.