Inter Milan could be behind only Man City and Real Madrid among the favourites to win the Champions League this season.
This is the view in today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, via FCInterNews.
This evening, the Champions League resumes after a break of a couple months.
Europe’s elite will see their schedules get that much busier with knockout ties in the competition to contend with.
And naturally, the question is which teams are in the best place to win the competition.
In the view of the Gazzetta, there remain two outstanding candidates.
Manchester City and Real Madrid are the two teams to have most recently won the Champions League.
Real top the La Liga table. Meanwhile, City are behind Liverpool in the Premier League, but have a game in hand that could allow them to go ahead of the Reds.
With top squads, European pedigree, and solid form domestically, it would be hard to overlook the two as potential winners.
But after those two, are Inter the team with the best shot of going all the way?
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Inter reached last season’s Champions League final.
The Nerazzurri saw off Barcelona in the group stage before beating Porto, Benfica, and AC Milan on the way to the final.
There, Inter went toe-to-toe with City. Despite City being heavily favoured, Inter did not play like underdogs.
There were chances for the Nerazzurri to force extra time, or even win the match, and the scoreline was a narrow 1-0 in favour of the Cityzens in the end.
That performance against a dominant City team solidified the impression that Inter will not fear any opponent no matter how strong.
And this season’s Nerazzurri are even stronger than the last.
Inter are currently seven points clear at the top of the Serie A table with a game in hand. They have an eye-watering +41 goal difference in the league.
If a Nerazzurri team who lost twelve matches in a shambolic league campaign last season got to the final and pushed City all the way – then what is this team capable of?
Then there are traditional European giants like Barcelona and Bayern Munich. But both are currently going through very rough periods, badly timed considering the return of Champions League football.
And then Arsenal have looked to be in outstanding form in the Premier League.
But unlike Inter, the Gunners are only now returning to Europe’s top club competition and getting the hang of it.
Therefore, Inter could be the team with all the right attributes in place to challenge City and Real.