Tuesday March 3 2020
Inter betting it all on a long shot

Inter are still in the fight for three competitions, and while the Scudetto would undoubtedly be the ultimate prize, Vilizar Yakimov warns it’s also be the toughest.

Coincidence or not, it’s been exactly 10 years since Inter were in contention for winning three trophies in a single season, as we all remember Jose Mourinho’s Treble-winning side from 2010.

However, the fact the Nerazzurri are still fighting on three fronts today must not delude anyone. While the current Inter team has undoubted quality, Antonio Conte’s men are nowhere near ruthless nor consistent enough to repeat the heroics of Mourinho’s legendary team that conquered the world a decade ago.

But if this Inter side can’t realistically fight for winning all three of the Scudetto, Europa League and the Coppa Italia, what should be their main target?

At first glance, the answer seems easy. If you ask 10 Inter fans which one of the three trophies they’d prefer to win at the end of the season, probably nine will choose the Scudetto.

While this is only normal, considering Conte’s arrival and the Juventus dominance in the past eight years, it’s safe to say that at this point winning Serie A seems like the toughest task.

Of course, that doesn’t mean that Inter would just walk past Getafe and the other teams in the Europa League easily. Nor that they will manage to overcome the 1-0 loss they suffered against Napoli in the first leg of the Coppa Italia without much fuss. No, absolutely not.

However, so far Inter have rotated heavily in both competitions, which clearly shows that neither of them are the main focus. This seems absolutely normal, especially considering that their second team is capable enough to dispatch most opponents in both competitions.

Obviously, if the focus changes, which quite frankly wouldn’t make sense now, and Conte starts playing his best XI in the Europa League, from the remaining teams arguably only Manchester United would be able to trouble the Beneamata.

On the other hand, we can finally say that the level of Serie A has increased so rapidly in recent years, that for the first time in a decade it really seems harder for Inter to win the Scudetto than a European competition like the Europa League this term.

At this point the Beneamata are eight points behind Lazio and six behind Juventus. Yes, Inter have played two fewer games than the Biancocelesti and have a game in hand in comparison to Juventus as well, but those are still points that need to be won. Considering that one of Inter’s postponed games is a Derby d’Italia showdown in Turin, it’s far from certain that Conte’s men will manage to win both matches.

For some reason it still feels a bit strange writing this, but from the three Scudetto contenders Lazio seem like the team in the best position at this point. Unlike Inter and Juventus, who are both fighting on three fronts, Simone Inzaghi’s men were eliminated from both the Europa League and the Coppa Italia, which means they can fully focus on Serie A.

The Biancocelesti play arguably the best football in the league alongside Atalanta and with Inzaghi able to keep his players fresh and field his strongest XI in every game until the end of the season, Lazio must surely be in pole position right now.

When it comes to the Bianconeri, Maurizio Sarri’s inability to get any sort of cohesion and defensive solidity means his men are forced to waste precious energy and go all in against Olympique Lyonnais in order to avoid an embarrassing Champions League exit, and the same applies for the second leg of the Coppa Italia against Milan.

However, there is no doubt that from all three Scudetto contenders, Juventus have by far the most quality, even without mentioning Cristiano Ronaldo, and with a six-point lead ahead of Inter, the Nerazzurri seem to be a bit off the pace right now.

In conclusion, we can say that winning either the Europa League or the Coppa Italia would be good, but would mean little for Inter, especially if Juventus win the Scudetto once again.

Despite the packed schedule, the Nerazzurri are certainly capable of changing the status quo. However, with Lazio proving to be much more than a dark horse and Juventus being able to count on Ronaldo, not to mention the significant point gap, it is obvious that Inter’s ultimate prize would be the toughest one to get.

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Have your say...
@I miss Luciano Moggi at Juventus: I would love a Cesspool - Juve final also but in order for that to happen Liverpool would have to advance in the tournament and that will not happen because they blew a 2-0 lead AT HOME and lost 3-2 to Athletico Madrid - don't worry there's always next year....maybe monchi can help rebuild Liverpool with Sevilla talents !
on the 12th March, 2020 at 2:51pm
Dear universe, thank you for letting Inter embarrass themselves over and over again. It's such a delight being a Juve fan. Having an off day and still beating Inter 2-0 comfortably. Please whiners, come and complain, it would make the win sooo much more enjoyable. Don't disappoint me.
on the 8th March, 2020 at 11:12pm
@I miss Luciano Moggi at Juventus: i think you need to get up to speed ! Trophies matter. if I ask you "did Moratti give the key to Inter's trophy case when he sold the team?" who really knows, he's the last president to open to open the trophy case !! 9 years of nothing and after investing 150mill + 11 mill coach you are still the second Black+blue team in embarrassing is that ??
on the 6th March, 2020 at 3:17pm
@ Marco Branca. You need to get up to speed. National leagues doe not matter, even Agnelli said it in London. European football matters. Juvirus can win Italy, Celtic can win Scotland, Man City...PSG... whatever. European success matters, this is why the 3rd competition are brought in. I would love a Liverpool Juvirus final, but alas, there is very little chance of Juvirus progressing very far in the competition.
on the 6th March, 2020 at 5:46am
I'm in no way saying Inter are en-route to 3 trophies this season. I'd take any one of the three to just get some belief back that we're capable of winning trophies again. One thing though, in the treble year, Inter beat Juve in Coppa quarters with a last min goal, gave away, what was it? a ten point lead to Roma overtaking with two games to go, and almost went out of the CL at the groups. It was tough going. Juve want to replicate it, but struggle because they love losing finals so much.
on the 5th March, 2020 at 4:50pm
@I miss Luciano Moggi at Juventus: I would be happy to win a Coppa Tim than go 9 years with NOTHING !! There are some teams that in the last 8 years can't even make it out of the group in CL not to mention not being able to finish top 3 in Serie A yet they talk about the team that lifts trophies every year demanding that they win more and who can blame you, in Italy Juventus wins it all. Let me remind you, you can't win the CL if you can't make it past the group stage !!!!
on the 5th March, 2020 at 3:13pm
@ ALEXXX - your immature remark does not justify a response.
on the 5th March, 2020 at 1:58pm
I miss Luciano Moggi at Juventus,

you are funny. Chinese coward Zhang dont care about the safety first. All he wants is to play Scudetto decider without a fans. Simple as that. His donation for hospital is just proving all this, after he made it only after getting the decision he wanted, not before it all happened.
on the 5th March, 2020 at 1:08pm
@ MARCO BRANCA - and betting on any Italian club to win a European competition in the last 9 years has been an extremely long shot, but alas, no Italian club have a hope. They would rather win in Italy. The Peninsula is very insular.
on the 5th March, 2020 at 9:29am
What kind of a title does this article have ? when the last 8 years can be summarized as the follows: 6th 9th 5th 8th 4th 7th 4th 4th we can easily conclude that betting on Inter to win anything is a long shot !!!
on the 4th March, 2020 at 9:58pm
Coming back to the article this is clearly written by someone who doesnt want Inter to win...Lazio are in the driving seat at the moment given that they have Juventus in their pocket these days but Inter can still make things interesting if they manage to beat Juventus in this weekends rescheduled Derby A vs. B (doesnt really make sense to call it Derby D'Italia any more since Juventus got relegated)
on the 4th March, 2020 at 5:26pm
Oh Susy why did you even bother writing this. Given the strong allegiances and clearly biased opinions of most of the Football Italia writers (not saying they support only one club but most do look the other way when Agnelli's pull a fast one) these blogs should start with a clear disclaimer on where the writer's club allegiances lie...
on the 4th March, 2020 at 5:24pm
So it appears that the championship will continue for a month behind closed doors, as this is the safest way to finish the championship while minimising the risk. The H&S situation has finally been recognised as being extremely serious. So eventually, and I guess inevitably what Steven Zang said was correct - don't fool with the schedule and put safety first. Of course the powers that be ($$$) will not admit this but it is becoming clearer by the hour.
on the 4th March, 2020 at 3:17pm
Its getting embarrassing FI

A bulgarian juvefan trying to convince who excactly that wiining EL would mean little?

"In conclusion, we can say that winning either the Europa League or the Coppa Italia would be good, but would mean little for Inter, especially if Juventus win the Scudetto once again"

It would be the first european title an italian team have won since 2010.....the Inter treple. It would be a huge step forward in prestige for Serie A. Youre deluded.
on the 4th March, 2020 at 8:59am
Don`t understand the point of writing this article. Of course Europa League and Serie A opponents did not command the best lineup, and rotation is crucial for clubs who don`t have 2 starting lineups of equal value like juBentus.
on the 3rd March, 2020 at 9:42pm
@ Grand old lady of the street. The whole of Italian football is the joke and has bee for a long time now. So you dont like Marotta and Steven's good cop bad cop routine? Fair enough.
on the 3rd March, 2020 at 5:17pm
The Grand Old Lady Rocks to Juve...

Is that "because of Conte", though..?
Lukaku, Barella, Sensi, Godin, Erikssen, Sanchez, Young... + previous DEVELOPMENT of Martinez & others??

"Because of Conte":
Inter is out of CL.
Will be out of EVERY cup competition.
Plays "ugly", defensive counter-attacking football.
& More people dislike your club because that "man" is representing you moaning from bench & TV!
--THAT!!! on Conte!!! ;)
on the 3rd March, 2020 at 5:15pm
Conte is a winner. In my opinion he has already over achieved with Inter. He has dragged a depressingly poor performing club back up to being competitive again. They are no longer a joke on the field. The same cannot be said off of it unfortunately. The Chinese owned club continues to struggle with immaturity with many of their fans and upper management clueless. The president has exposed himself as ridiculously immature. However, I do sincerely hope that Conte wins the Europa league in style.
on the 3rd March, 2020 at 3:30pm
More comedy references - The Life of Brian - What have the Romans ever done for us? From the long list of the Roman's achievements 2000+ years ago, now the Italians cannot even organise a football match schedule that is safe for both players and fans - without a 'Godfather' element being brought into the process.
on the 3rd March, 2020 at 3:16pm
So FIGC are going to make bigger fools of themselves (if possible) by investigating Steve....more Father Ted...its not the is the Chinese they are after....this cannot end well for FIGC or how Italy is viewed for that matter, I cannot understand why they cannot see the consequences of their actions in advance.
on the 3rd March, 2020 at 3:06pm

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