Statistics show that Inter Milan are enjoying their best start to the Serie A out of the past four campaigns.
Today’s print edition of Rome-based newspaper Corriere dello Sport, via FCInterNews, note that the Nerazzurri have not had a stronger start to a Serie A campaign since that in 2019-20, Antonio Conte’s first in charge.
The fact that Inter have dropped points in two of their three most recent league matches has taken some of the lustre off of their start to the season.
The Nerazzurri lost to Sassuolo at the San Siro. Then, they dropped points again at home just before the break, drawing against Bologna.
Moreover, in both of these matches, Inter had led going into halftime.
The sense of missed opportunity is made all the worse by the fact that AC Milan are now top of the table. They sit two points ahead of Inter – despite having lost 5-1 in the derby.
Therefore, there are some doubts about Inter’s start to the season.
But, the Corriere suggest, none of that should take away from how strong Inter’s start has been.
Inter Better After 8 Matches Than In Any Season Since 2019-20
As the Corriere note, last season Inter’s start was considerable rougher.
The Nerazzurri had managed to take just twelve points from their first eight matches. This means that they are seven points better off than at this stage last season, despite a couple of wobbles.
Moreover, Inter were eight points behind Napoli already at the start of last season.
This meant that, even after just eight matches, the Nerazzurri already looked like they would struggle to keep pace in the title race.
This time around, by comparison, the two-point gap from Milan looks like a narrow one indeed.
And in terms of goal difference, Inter are also doing very well indeed.
The Nerazzurri have scored 21 goals in their first eight matches. This is the most of any team in Serie A.
And at the other end, Inter have let in just five. This is also the best record in Serie A.
That means that Inter have a goal difference of sixteen.
In contrast, last season Inter’s goal difference after eight matches was zero. They’d scored fourteen, and conceded fourteen.
And the Nerazzurri’s points total at the start of the 2020-21 season – in which they won the Serie A title – was fifteen. Four points less than currently.