A balance of fitness and tactical cohesion has seen Inter Milan take another leap this season, playing like “clockwork.”

This is the view in today’s print edition of Rome-based newspaper Corriere dello Sport, via FCInterNews.

By now, Simone Inzaghi’s tactics have become familiar at Inter.

Whilst the 47-year-old is more than capable of being a versatile coach, the basic shape and principles of play that he wants to define his Nerazzurri side are not exactly a secret.

But at the same time, there’s a sense that Inter have grown decisively compared to the last couple of seasons.

It is not just in terms of consistency and form – although Inter’s dominant run in Serie A has certainly outstripped either of Inzaghi’s first two seasons at the helm.

But the way that the team plays seems to be fundamentally different.

The Nerazzurri have taken a step forward in terms of the tempo and crispness with which they execute Inzaghi’s tactical framework.

And there are two key factors underlying this.

Fitness & Well-Defined Mechanisms Allow “Clockwork Inter” To Take A Step Forward

One thing that seems clear is that Inzaghi has gotten a better sense of how to manage his players’ fitness over the past two seasons.

In the last couple years, there have been fairly predictable downturns in that respect.

January through March in particular has often seen the Inter squad look a bit leggy.

But not this time around. Inzaghi has managed to get the best out of his key starters, resting them just enough.

That has certainly given a “clockwork” appearance to an Inter team characterized by seemingly constant motion on the pitch.

Then, there is the way that Inzaghi’s tactics have finally become second nature to the squad.

It’s not always the case in football that a coach has more than two years to work with a group of players.

But in the case of Inzaghi and Inter, it certainly looks to have paid off.