The Serie A fixture list is now becoming kinder to Inter Milan after a few weeks that have relentlessly put the Nerazzurri to the test.
Today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, via FCInterNews, note how now it will be the “provincial” teams who stand in the Nerazzurri’s way more than anything.
In Inter’s last three matches, they have faced teams from the top half of the Serie A table.
There was the Derby d’Italia against Juventus, which Inter won by a 1-0 scoreline. That was the marquee result, giving the Nerazzurri a real buffer at the top of the table for the first time.
But bookending that match were tough away trips to heavy-hitters Fiorentina and Roma.
Inter won both of those matches. They also won Supercoppa Italiana matches against the likes of Lazio and Napoli just before then.
The fact that this sequence has come against so many of Italy’s biggest teams makes the fact that the Nerazzurri have won all seven of their matches so far in 2024 all the more impressive.
Serie A Fixture List Begins To Smile On Inter
Of course, matches are not played on paper. So Inter will be constantly vigilant of the risks that the so-called “smaller” teams in Serie A can pose for them.
But it would be hard not to see next Friday’s match against Salernitana as a downhill one for Inter.
The Nerazzurri will host a team who are rooted to the bottom of the Serie A table.
Recent meetings between the sides have typically seen the Granata suffer a heavy defeat.
So this would be a much different type of contest than the ones that Inter have recently had to play, against some of the bigger names.
And more like it will soon follow.
Having gotten some of the “big” matches out of the way, Inter will now face all nine of the teams occupying the bottom nine positions in the table among their remaining fifteen matches.
Of course, points are not guaranteed from any of these fixtures. But the constant stress of preparing for the “bigger” matches will be relieved somewhat.
Still A Few Big Clashes Left
Meanwhile, there are also matches against all of Atalanta, Napoli, and Lazio. All with the benefit of being at the San Siro.
And of course, the Milan derby against city rivals AC Milan.
These will be sterner tests on paper. But Inter have shown that they can manage these with their performances over the last few weeks.
Lastly, one glaring possible banana peel for Inter would be the away trip to Bologna last month.
The Rossoblu, despite not being the most illustrious name in Italian football, are currently pushing for a top four finish.
Bologna have already drawn against Inter. They came back from 2-0 down at the San Siro in October.
And the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara has been a miserable away ground for Inter in recent years.
So that should at least underline the fact that there is still plenty for the Nerazzurri to be wary of, even in the context of an “easier” fixture list.