Inter Milan are “poor but brilliant” as they lead the way in Serie A despite low spending every summer.
This is the view in today’s print edition of Turin-based newspaper Tuttosport, via FCInterNews.
In his remarks after Inter’s win over Frosinone on the weekend, Nerazzurri coach Simone Inzaghi made clear that if the team are favourites for the title, it is not for financial reasons.
The coach pointed to the fact that in his first two summers at the helm, Inter turned a significant net profit in the transfer market.
Then last summer transfer window, the Nerazzurri broke even, despite having reached last season’s Champions League final.
The financial problems that plague Inter hardly need an introduction.
And the consequences have been plain to see in the transfer market.
Inter have had to sell key players like Achraf Hakimi and Romelu Lukaku. Then there have been losses of the likes of Milan Skriniar and Christian Eriksen for other reasons.
And the budget to replace these players has been anything but large.
Inter have had to look for low-cost opportunities and players on expiring contracts.
And this strategy has seen the Nerazzurri bring in the likes of Hakan Calhanoglu Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and Marcus Thuram. All of whom have become key men under Inzaghi.
Inter “Poor But Brilliant” In Serie A Title Race
Inter have not suffered from their lack of funds at the start of this season.
31 points out of a possible 36 from the first twelve matches of the season sees the Nerazzurri lead the way in the Serie A table.
The aforementioned free transfer trio of Calhanoglu, Mkhitaryanm, and Thuram have all played key roles.
As have low-cost arrivals like Francesco Acerbi and Matteo Darmian.
Meanwhile, wingback Federico Dimarco is a player who came through Inter’s academy.
Whether or not Inter have the strongest squad in Serie A is up for debate. Certainly, teams like Juventus, Napoli, and AC Milan give them competition, but also the quality that the Nerazzurri can boast speaks for itself.
But if Inter do have the outstanding group of players in Serie A, it is not because they spent big to assemble it.