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Friday March 5 2021
The Scudetto is in Inter's hands

The quality of Inter players made the difference in Parma and Richard Hall argues the Scudetto is now in the Nerazzurri’s hands.

It was not easy in Parma. There was no breezing past the 'Ducali' on this occasion, as the home side were tactically astute and resolute in their task.

It was a game that many an Inter team from years gone by would have lost, but as the final whistle went, they emerged 2-1 winners. That puts them six points clear of second-placed Milan and places them as favourites to win the Scudetto.

This has not been the only game when they have not performed and won. Often they have had to look for a 'difference maker' and this time it was Alexis Sanchez. The good news for the Nerazzurri, however, is that they always seem to find one.

Perhaps it is better the Devil you know? It did not feel like that for Antonio Conte in the first half of the game against Parma. The other teams already had played, putting pressure on this result.

He was facing his good friend Roberto D'Aversa, and their wives also are close, often holidaying together. They know each other well and they know their views on football, tactics and man-management.

The Parma coach seemed to have read his friend better as for much of the first half and parts of the second it seemed he had the upper hand.

Parma approached the game well by keeping the ball in wide positions, this made it difficult for Inter to press and they had to also switch flanks at pace, which created more space in the midfield and upfront for when they tried to attack.

Off the ball, he also out-thought Conte. He knew his chum would get the ball and want to counter with pace. He set his team up to shut out these channels and more often than not Inter lost possession quickly.

The Nerazzurri did realise this at the end of the first half and kept better possession themselves. They also drifted into wide areas and this allowed Christian Eriksen into the game.

It was perhaps a shock when Conte removed him for Arturo Vidal but it was an exciting chess game.

Many would think that Parma deserved the draw and perhaps they did but the difference was in the quality of players Inter can rely on this campaign.

The squad's strength is evident and they are proving that there is enough quality for them to be out thought or outfought and yet still grab victory from the jaws of defeat.

Last night it was Alexis Sanchez, whose brace prized them away from Parma's clutches. "It was a difficult match, as Parma did well, so did we, but we are fighting for the Scudetto and we are on the right path," Sanchez told Sky Sport Italia.

He said the team has a new mentality after the Europa league defeat last season and that they are all of one mind-set to sacrifice and work.

This mentality seems to be seeping deep into the pores of every Inter player, and this had had a remarkable effect.

When things are not going well, the team are not hiding and waiting for a hero. They are all trying to be that man. This cannot work for every player on the pitch in every game but it often does mean one will succeed. It allows Inter not merely to be reliant on Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez.

Inter now sit top and the Scudetto is in their hands if they can continue this impressive run of form. They seem united, determined and they have the quality and depth to do so.

There are still big tests ahead, Atalanta will undoubtedly test them next but if they can get over this hurdle, then suddenly the dream looks like it could become a reality.

After this, one could say the fixtures are kind until they face Napoli in mid-April, but there is a long way to go. For now, however, they all believe and fans of Serie A will sit back, relax and watch this all play out.

@RichHall80

Have your say...
Hey, HOW DARE YOU USE MY NAME I MISS MARCO BRANCA AT INTER TO WRITE FOR ME !! this is what I wrote and we all know that its 100% true : I think every Inter fan must watch May 5th 2002 Inter vs Lazio to remind yourselves that when you were up 2-1 in the game that wins you the scudetto with the scudetto in your hands that Inter crashed and burned to lose 4-2 - don't ever forget that because those that don't know their history are condemned to repeat it !
on the 8th March, 2021 at 6:16pm
It's funny to watch these idiotic Inter fans talk about Calciopoli which they don't know exactly what it is. Please, if you refuse to call as an idiot, I invite you to read "Calcio's Greatest Shame." Googling it, Read it! And then you can talk about Calciopoli.
on the 8th March, 2021 at 6:51am
"According to the findings of Stefano Palazzi the FIGC’s chief investigator, it is Inter, Milan and Livorno who should have been relegated in 2006 and not Juventus."

Palazzi was the chief investigator, not the judge.
He never said Juve shouldnt get punished, hes the one who argued for Juve to be sent to Serie C.

Juve then WAS relegated to Serie C, but appealed and got the lesser punishment.

So what is it dear juventini?

Is Palazzi the truth teller or the evil man out to destroy your club?
on the 8th March, 2021 at 5:11am
⬇️ He prob got paid off.... ????
on the 7th March, 2021 at 11:48pm
According to the findings of Stefano Palazzi the FIGC’s chief investigator, it is Inter, Milan and Livorno who should have been relegated in 2006 and not Juventus.
on the 7th March, 2021 at 10:57am
The one thing that has disappointed me is that juBentus still had a big influence on the calcio back then, so they appeal have been succesful: perhaps some of you don`t remember that they have been initially relegated to Serie C for all the proven wrongdoings of the calciopoli. What I sincerely wish for Piemonte Calcio fans is that their filthy club get properly relegated, so they can have the chance to compete for the Serie C title - another trophy Inter has never won!
on the 7th March, 2021 at 8:59am
Hehe this Juve troll got owned by bragging about winning serie B, hilarious. Does he seriously think Inter would be disappointed not winning serie-B haha lol. Next time whenever he shows up in Inter's blog again, we should ask him to reminisce about his wonderful time winning serie-B title. And perhaps wish his team luck to repeat the feat in the near future lol.
on the 6th March, 2021 at 10:23pm
Hahaha this is gold, yes please @branca tell us more, 10 years of not winning after winning the only Italian treble ever, why didn’t we think to cheat like juve do so we could also win serie b? If we cheated there too, we could even have won serie c!! You would probably switched to being an inter fan based on that alone!! I hate that inter always play by the rules :( when do you think you guys will get caught again and go back down to try and win serie b again?
on the 6th March, 2021 at 10:06pm
@ I MISS MARCO BRANCA AT INTER

Nah man, let's talk about Juve. I was loving the brag about Serie B title. Tell me more. Who was your toughest challenge there? How did you celebrate? Is it true that Juve players had to wear handcuffs every game?
on the 6th March, 2021 at 4:49am
@ Abyss: let's talk about what inter has won in the last 9 and a half years all post-calciopoli and when you remember let me know because I am drawing a blank but maybe it's not a blank, maybe there's nothing to remember because Inter has won NOTHING the last 9 and a half years! But Conte set records this year...first Inter coach to lose to Real Madrid at home, First inter coach to ever finish last in the CL group stage...try not to go a year in between CL wins next season !!
on the 5th March, 2021 at 9:31pm
@ I MISS MARCO BRANCA AT INTER... Congratulations for winning Serie B! Can you please put a list of Serie B winners?
on the 5th March, 2021 at 9:03pm
@ I MISS MARCO BRANCA AT INTER

LOL, can't argue with that. I have to concede that Inter would never win the prestigious Serie B title like Juve and Milan.
on the 5th March, 2021 at 8:07pm
@ Abyss

The next season Juve went on to win Serie B title, a trophy Inter has never won. So the Joke's on you
on the 5th March, 2021 at 7:21pm
@ I MISS MARCO BRANCA AT INTER

2 titles were revoked from Juventus after they won them on field cause they had shamed the Italian league with corruption and cheating. The ladri were deservedly relegated as a reminder that no one can run from Karma. Don't be surprised if the last 2 titles from Juve get revoked and they get relegated again. The scum will eventually go down the drain. Never forget that !
on the 5th March, 2021 at 7:08pm
I think every Inter fan must watch May 5th 2002 Inter vs Lazio to remind yourselves that when you were up 2-1 in the game that wins you the scudetto with the scudetto in your hands that Inter crashed and burned to lose 4-2 - don't ever forget that because those that don't know their history are condemned to repeat it !
on the 5th March, 2021 at 6:14pm
The gap with Juventus is more relevant than with Milan in my opinion. Inter and Juventus are the only contenders for scudetto from the beginning, others are mere pretenders. With so many games still to play, Inter's lead can still be blown away but only Juve have the squad, experience and depth to do it. Milan will fight for CL spot with Atalanta and Roma.
on the 5th March, 2021 at 1:29pm

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