Sunday August 2 2020
Europa League inviting for Inter

Inter have fond memories of European football and winning the Europa League could be the ideal way to mark this debut Antonio Conte season, writes Richard Hall.

Inter have not been consistent all season, but they are vastly improved. With the pandemic breaking up the football timetable, the focus has been on Serie A after the return. The Champions League and the Europa League have been almost dismissed as an after-thought, but now they are back and Inter have a huge chance to put Antonio Conte’s tenure on the map. A club with a long-standing love affair with what was the UEFA Cup, they can now use this competition as a springboard to show that both domestically and in Europe, they are serious contenders.

Getafe are not going to be easy. They finished eighth in La Liga and in Europe were Group C runners up to Ajax. Their best performance was back in 2007-08 when they reached the quarter-finals of the competition, there was no shame as they went out to Bayern Munich at that point. Victories against Trabzonspor and Krasnodar may not be a tale of giant-slaying; however, they have been impressive, especially on the counter and could cause the Nerazzurri problems.

Inter, as mentioned, enjoy this tournament, whether it’s called the UEFA Cup or Europa League. Winners in 1991, 1994 and 1998, this competition means a lot to the club. The memories of Ronaldo and Javier Zanetti in Paris against Lazio, Nicola Berti against Roma in 1991 and that man Berti again in 1994 in Vienna, all matter to the club and the fans. The tournament also will mean a lot to Antonio Conte but for a different reason. He has been often criticised for not having the ability to navigate European competition. Juventus memories are not all favourable and therefore the personal objective here is also worth noting.

For Inter, the importance of this competition should not be downplayed. The project under Suning is to win, to topple Juventus and bring the Milanese team into the forefront of European football, not just in Serie A. They have deep pockets and they have a blueprint. They are cultivating the crops; they have done this before, this time it is just in different fields. Beppe Marotta and Conte have improved Inter from the days of Luciano Spalletti, and to many, he did well. This is now an effort to make Inter stand out amongst Europe’s elite and it will not be an easy task.

If Inter could succeed in winning the Europa League, it would plant a flag in the ground. Ironically, it is almost a Juventus philosophy. Winning is all that matters. How many times has Conte gone to war against the media this season? He simply cannot understand why they ask him for performances, when the results are there. He does not understand ‘Pazza’, he does not need to: he is a winner.

When looking at the Europa League, Inter should take it seriously. Manchester United, Sevilla and Roma are arguably the main threats. These are one-off games, the structure and the nature of the tournament is different. This is an opportunity that could be game-changing for the Nerazzurri and with the squad, size and the quality they have, there are no excuses. The confidence a win against Getafe would give to the club, would be monumental.

Football is remembered through trophies and moments. Inter, after disappointing in the Champions League have a chance to write history. Second place to Juventus is an improvement. If they finish off the season as Europa League winners, then they will make the men in Turin take note.

Many people often dismiss the Europa League, but trophies and success cannot be overlooked. Inter’s involvement in this competition must not be belittled. Quite simply this could be the catalyst for Inter to fast forward the project they have talked so much about. Getafe is not just another game, it is not just the Europa League, and this is an opportunity to show how serious they are about toppling Serie A’s and European elite.

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Have your say...
@ Jay
By the way wise guy: FROM WIKIPEDIA
Football Club Internazionale Milano, commonly referred to as Internazionale (pronounced [ˌinternattsjoˈnaːle]) or simply Inter, and known as Inter Milan outside Italy,[9][10] is an Italian professional football club based in Milan, Lombardy.

Full name: Football Club Internazionale Milano S.p.A.

on the 5th August, 2020 at 4:48pm
@TorreDG - I believe the team is called 'Inter' and not 'Inter Milan'.
on the 5th August, 2020 at 10:24am
Thanks Inter for info.

If that's the case, Conte's unreasonable.
(Only Juve can influence Police, Hospitals and who will be elected President --LOOOOL)
on the 5th August, 2020 at 3:32am
He was complaining about the club having a mole who leaks private details to the media. His example was brozovic, who has come under fire recently with the drink driving and hospital disturbance - other clubs wouldn't have let this get to the media and therefore pressure wouldnt be on the club or player. He is right, has been happening for years, spalletti also complained about it (the interview conte was referring to)
on the 5th August, 2020 at 1:15am
Guys, what do you think Conte's attack on Inter was all about?

My guess is he's angry at them for not digging their heels deeper in March and allowing that Juve game to go through.
He wanted to avoid playing Juventus then at all costs. In his mind, Inter lost Scudetto because of that game.
He probably feels Juve would manage to suspend that match. Inter didn't --They didn't "protect him & his players".

...But then again, he complains about complaining so who knows what's in his head...
on the 4th August, 2020 at 2:40pm
Inter Milan have won 30 domestic trophies, including the league eighteen times, the Coppa Italia seven and the Supercoppa Italiana five. From 2006 to 2010, the club won five successive league titles, equalling the all-time record in that period.
UEFA Champions:Winners (3): 1990–91, 1993–94, 1997–98
Europa Champios:Winners (3): 1963–64, 1964–65, 2009–10
What goes on behind the scene is of little concern to the play on the field.
Conte has done arespectable job.
Good Luck and Win the Europa title!
on the 4th August, 2020 at 2:31pm
LOL, some people commenting on her would make you think Inter (and Conte) are the only Italian club and coach who has not embarrassed themselves in Europe in the last decade. Whether its Conte or Poch, the only way is up for Inter now, its just a matter of time with Suning's vast wealth and Man City kindly eliminating corrupt Platini's Farccal Fair Play.
on the 4th August, 2020 at 11:13am
@Inter is TRASH
Spot on!! I always felt Lippi made two huge career mistakes. One was to return to the Azzurri after having won the WC. The second was to take charge of Inter. I am willing to forgive him for losing 3 CL finals though!!
on the 4th August, 2020 at 9:58am
Enough is Enough now with Conte. I was all for giving him another season with the right players but he'll never be happy and to be honest he's wasting 2 of his best players in Skriniar/Erkisen anyway. Let him leave and get Poch who will get the best out of Erkisen, plays attractive football and doesn't moan. He also has played with 3 at the back with Spurs before so Hakimi will still be played in his best position. I don't really see Allegri fitting in, he'd kill Hakimi's attacking threat.
on the 3rd August, 2020 at 11:55am
Finally Conte has realized what his mentor Marcello Lippi felt long time ago... No matter how good you are... Inter is always be...TRASH.
on the 3rd August, 2020 at 8:13am

That's a strange comment you made. You say there's hate for Inter for doing nothing in Europe for years, but then you list out all their failures lol

They have been hopeless in Europe for years, regardless of the reasons and excuses. Some Spanish teams have no money either, but that didn't stop them winning it

Inter (and Conte especially) need to quit moaning/blaming Juve/making excuses/and living in the past

It's time for Conte to justify his enormous wages and win this trophy
on the 3rd August, 2020 at 1:16am
Pazza Inter are already self destructing. Conte's falling out with the hierarchy, possible coaching change on the way. Yikes.
on the 3rd August, 2020 at 1:15am
Inter should be coming in with confidence, strong wins over napoli, atalanta and hopefully no injuries. Sensi should even be back (although his form hasnt been great since getting injured). Also hilarious reading the inter hate - havent done anything in europe for years? well we had a useless team for at least 6 of those years when the club had no money, then wasnt taking europa seriously while focusing on finishing top 4. CL last 2 yrs, had the group of death and still almost progressed!!
on the 3rd August, 2020 at 12:19am
Inter or Roma winning the Europa would be great for Serie A, especially if Juve/Napoli/Atalanta could go deep in the champions league. I am a little concerned however by Conte and his outburst, it seemed terrible timing and he seems to be throwing his toys out of the pram again as he did at Juve and Chelsea which he needs to stop doing. I also don't get why they're after another CM on top of Tonali. It's probably the one area of the pitch they're most covered in
on the 2nd August, 2020 at 9:06pm
The EL is starting to be taken more seriously, now it offers a route into CL! Some big clubs r left in it too. Sevilla r to the EL now, what Inter were to the UC in 90's, where they'd either win or get to final every other year. Roma + Inter are both on a decent run of form. I'd love to see Roma win it but I think Inter have got a slightly better chance overall? It'd be good for rep of Serie A if they could manage even a finalist, after all barren years! And they could this time. It's possible!
on the 2nd August, 2020 at 7:38pm
it is interesting inter are already assured of champions league football there is no league fixtures or cup fixtures left.

Roma and inter should go all out they arguably have some the best players left in the competition. If they fail it can't be blamed on league commitments just that they don't care enough.

saying that sevilla will probably win it again, this team record in the europa league is frankly daunting.
on the 2nd August, 2020 at 4:35pm
Inter Milan can win this club it depends on CONTE and the Players. If they do win it it will boost their confidence for next season and maybe inspire for scudetto win.
on the 2nd August, 2020 at 4:01pm
Fond memories? A bit of a rich comment, considering they haven't done anything in Europe but embarrass themsevles lately.That treble was over a decade ago- you can't keep living in the past forever.
on the 2nd August, 2020 at 3:42pm
Conte will continue his streak of being out-coached in European games....
on the 2nd August, 2020 at 1:40pm
They should be one of the favs, but this is Inter we're talking about, so expect to be disappointed, especially in Europe (no, 11 seasons ago doesn't count anymore)

Spanish teams seem to be failing a bit, but they'll still offer a tough hurdle for Inter and Roma

Hopefully Conte quits moaning for a change and goes all-out to win this thing. He himself has a lot to prove in Europe

Time for him to earn his sky-high wages and land a trophy after what was a good but not great season for Inter
on the 2nd August, 2020 at 12:02pm

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