Former striker Nicolo Ventola feels that Inter Milan are unmatched in Serie A, but not quite at the top level in Europe.

Ventola spoke on Italian broadcaster SportMediaset, via FCInter1908. He compared the Nerazzurri’s fortunes domestically and in the Champions League.

In two different competitions, Inter’s season has been something of a mixed bag.

In some respects, it is almost the total inverse of last campaign.

Where last season Inter floundered in the league, losing a whopping twelve matches over the course of the campaign and falling well short of champions Napoli, this time they’ve been imperious.

The Nerazzurri currently have an eye-watering fourteen-point lead at the top of the league table.

And this is hardly an unfair reflection of the football that Simone Inzaghi’s team have been playing in Serie A.

However, in the Champions League Inter squandered a first-leg advantage against Atletico Madrid in their round of sixteen tie.

The Spanish giants dumped the Nerazzurri out of Europe.

Least season on the other hand, Inter showed that they could go toe-to-toe with anyone in Europe.

The Nerazzurri reached the Champions League final. They knocked out the likes of Barcelona, Porto, Benfica, and AC Milan along the way.

And in the final, Inter only narrowly lost to Manchester City in a match that saw them squander several good chances.

Ventola: Inter Play “Most Beautiful Football In Serie A” But Fall Short In Europe

Ventola argued that “This season has undoubtedly been positive.”

“But we have to separate the league from the Champions League,” he went on.

“In the former, they’re on an incredible journey. They’ve got the most beautiful football in Italy on show.”

Ventola argued that Inter “Are an incredibly strong team, with a coach who has very attacking ideas, and players who follow his ideas well.”

“The Champions League is a different story though.”

“Reaching the final last season shouldn’t mislead us,” Ventola argued.

“In the Champions League, Inter are still some way short of the best teams,” the former striker suggested.

“There’s still some way they have to go to get there.”

“They have to be disappointed, because they could have gone through against Atletico.”

“But we also have to consider that they have more experience in recent years,” Ventola said of Atletico.

“And it’s always tough when you come up against a team with experience and top players.”