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Friday June 12 2020
Break was a blessing for Inter

The extended break in the season may well prove to be a blessing in disguise for Inter, claims Richard Hall, as they can still reshuffle and win the Coppa Italia.

Out of the dark, comes light. This is certainly the case for Italy, as football returns after the awful pandemic that swept the globe starts to decline. It seems an age since the season had been played, but before the enforced break, things were not going right for Inter. The Nerazzurri are almost certainly out of the Scudetto race, barring a minor miracle, but they do have a chance to finish the season in a strong position. If they can overcome Napoli and finish in third spot, they can look to next season with confidence that they can be serious title contenders for the foreseeable future.

It had been going well. Unbeaten in Serie A for 16 games, the Nerazzurri had just dispatched Milan in the Derby Della Madonnina 4-2. The Coppa Italia first leg followed, as Inter hosted Napoli. The 1-0 defeat seemed to rock them and their sense of invincibility vanished overnight. The old feeling of capitulation suddenly crept into the minds of their fans. A ‘Walter Mazzarri like’ nightmare reappeared in the psyche. For the more positive, feelings were high still as Antonio Conte had seemingly banished Inter’s alter-ego for good. Then came Lazio. Beaten in Rome, they then fell in Turin (either side of two wins against Ludogorets in the Europa League). These performances were lacklustre, so even with an optimistic approach, it seemed as though Inter’s campaign was over.

The stoppage in play has perhaps helped. The Milanese club have had time to re-evaluate just how far they have come under Conte, and whilst the season is unlikely to end with a title, it can still end in relative success. If they can overhaul their 1-0 deficit and beat Napoli in the Coppa Italia (a tall order considering there is no extra time), then they can potentially still try to win some silverware. They seem almost guaranteed to finish in the Champions League spots and this in itself will equate to a good season.

Inter can then look positively to the summer and the next transfer window. The club’s revenue has doubled in three years under Suning, plus they’ll have the sales of players such as Mauro Icardi, Ivan Perisic, Joao Mario and more still to come. More importantly, they earned €152.7m in commercial revenue, three times as much as their local rivals Milan.

Therefore, Inter can look to the future with hope. Conte and Beppe Marotta seem to have the on and off field areas working well. The owners are certainly making a difference and they have a talented team. As previously mentioned, now they just have to finish the season strongly and that will start this weekend against Napoli.

Conte, it is reported, may now switch from his usual 3-5-2 formation to adopt a 3-4-1-2 so that he can accommodate Christian Eriksen in the trequartista role and add more creativity to his side. This is a crucial step and one that hopefully the weeks of intensive training will have allowed the team to hone far better than if they’d been playing every three days since the Dane’s arrival. Eriksen seemed out of place in the previous Inter team, so it was only right to create a new one with the former Tottenham star at its heart.

Alessandro Bastoni is expected to start at the back alongside Milan Skriniar and Stefan de Vrij, as Diego Godin is pushed further towards a summer exit. During the enforced break, Marotta has spoken of his and Conte’s ambition to win silverware and the Coppa Italia remains a closer ambition than the Europa League.

For Inter the world is bright however, they have to finish the campaign with force. If they lapse, then they can blame the break, still claim to have Champions League football and go again next campaign, but that would not showcase the hard work that is going on. Instead, they need to put down a mark of intent, win a piece of silverware and then have a strong transfer window. This will then be a message to Juventus that Inter are coming for them in 2020-21.

Have your say...
@Azzkikr: good too see you`re still alive (and kickin`)!

Conte may be stubborn but he brought results, no matter how he achieved them. If you were Marotta building this project, who would you bring in as a coach? Simeone? Allegri? I am curious to see who do you appreciate, as Klopp does not seem to be available.

Looking forward to your suggestion.
on the 15th June, 2020 at 8:50am
Inter are still a joke. The amount of money they have spent for winning no trophies. Their team is now made up of Premier league rejects!
on the 14th June, 2020 at 8:08am
The break has definitely helped. We have a fully fit sensi and eriksen has had a chance to integrate. No significant injuries either. Sanchez should even be fitter! Inter going from strength to strength. If reports are true, tonali soon to arrive, what an amazing midfield. Hopefully Lautaro stays but if he goes, the extra 110m will strengthen the team even more. Win win really for inter.
on the 13th June, 2020 at 12:06am
As a LAZIO fan i say Inter Milan can win the Coppa Italia or Europa League. Yes they will be for now future Scudetto Challengers for long time as they are going to strengthen Transfer Market options. For the next 5 years i say 3 teams can win the Scudetto Juventus Inter Milan and Lazio. lets pray Lazio and Inter Milan can break Juventus Dominance
on the 12th June, 2020 at 3:09pm
Inters biggest enemy is Conte right now.

Conte is a stubborn coach who favours workrate and physique over technique and football IQ. For this reason Eriksen is a total misfit for Inter, Conte will NEVER get anything out of Eriksen, who is a player who wants to play technical football.

Conte is nothing more than Roberto Mancini 2.0, extremely limited coach.

Inters players have actually gotten worse technically throughout this season, because conte favours very little training with the ball.
on the 12th June, 2020 at 2:39pm
Lazio dominated them in both games this season and it was only down the heroics of Handanovic in the first game that Inter were victorious. I don't see this Inter team as anything special, certainly not Scudetto potential with average midfielders compared to Milinkovic and Luis Alberto.
on the 12th June, 2020 at 12:16pm
I really can't understand how come Inter(just as many other Italian clubs) don't put more effort & personal significance on EL? Why would be less likely for Inter to win Europa & ore likely to win Coppa!? Let's not forget that till this year's crisis, Napoli has been (by far) 2nd best team in Seria A for years & far ahead of Inter.If they get it together,they ca still finish 4th. Too bad for them they have 2nd grade coach, after sacking Ancelotti & appointing Rino. Conte's far ahead of him! But.
on the 12th June, 2020 at 10:56am
I really hope Conte can get the best out of Eriksen, the reports that he's been performing well in training are great to hear. Played in that typical no.10 role behind Lu-Lau should suit him down to the ground. If he gets anywhere near his best form for Spurs then Inter have a deadly front 3.
on the 12th June, 2020 at 9:23am

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