Sunday May 2 2021
Special Inter title

Inter have won the 19th Scudetto in their history, and Richard Hall explains why this title means more than the others.

Today, I will write in the first person, but just for a moment. This is because it means a lot to me to be able to say, Grazie Inter. Back in 1988, it was perhaps odd for a young English boy to support Inter simply because his father brought him a shirt back from Milan.

Watching Inter on BskyB back then was mesmerising, the journey has brought so many gifts but also so much suffering, however, as Inter claim their 19th title, I can genuinely say I have not seen them in a better place. What the entire Nerazzurri team have done is a credit to the whole project.

When briefly touching on the Trapattoni years, I have to say that, whilst they were special to me, Inter's Scudetto win was in the middle of a Neapolitan, Milanese sandwich. Two unbelievable sides would be glorified, and rightly so, whilst Inter and Sampdoria have to put up cult status.

That Milan side was possibly the best in history and in today's world, being team 'three German' makes you a hipster whilst being team 'three Dutch' makes you sensible.

The next time Inter won a Scudetto, I was on the Curva Nord. Things looked promising and were good, albeit one cannot get away from Juventus's absence. The years that followed were good harvest years and the grapes were ripe for Inter.

This culminated in the famous treble of 2010, but clouds were on the horizon even then. I remember writing an article just after that win in Madrid, the title was 'Inter's Treble signals the end of an era not a beginning', unusually for once, I was right.

Let us go back to being out of the first person. The net rippled as Christian Eriksen's shot caressed it, and Inter not only all but claimed their 19th Scudetto but also reignited Serse Cosmi's DJ'ing career.

It was a seismic moment as it ended over a decade of hurt. The Nerazzurri had done what Antonio Conte has said they would do if they only listened. The domestic serial winner has, with Beppe Marotta, used a blueprint and won the Scudetto. Was it glorious? Yes, was it beautiful? At times. Overall, it was it pragmatic, and it worked.

You cannot celebrate Inter's title win without paying homage to Juventus. 'The Old Lady' has been so enigmatic, so dominant, so unbelievably consistent, that nobody can look back over the last decade and not be in awe of the achievement. This is in part, is why Inter's triumph is so great. Let us be clear, like a Formula 1 side, Inter looked at the faster car, copied it and this year had a better driver. The Bianconeri will be back, that is for sure, but this time Inter will be ready.

This is all based on the fact that Suning manage to get investment to make sure that this project continues. If they do, then Italy will be treated to a prolonged battle between Inter and Juventus for potentially many years to come. This is why this title win is more important than the others in many ways.

This marks the beginning of a chapter. It rubber stamps the ambitions of a large project. What Conte, Marotta and Suning have set out to do has finally seen a glimmer of success and that is the point? It is only a glimmer.

Inter have much larger aspirations and this squad can achieve more. It could have come earlier in the Europa League Final but arguably, failure fuelled this campaign's grit and determination. Some players will leave but the Nerazzurri now have faith in the recruitment strategy, faith in the coach, faith in the squad and trust in the owners.

Like Juventus so many years ago, this title does not feel like it is a medal after a marathon. No, it feels like it is the first taste of something that Inter want more of. It feels like this is the beginning of an era.

There are no guarantees, but Conte will know that, his character is embedded in this squad. There is no Pazza now. This is a team that all the Nerazzurri can be proud of and be hopeful for. Longevity is not often a word used when talking of Inter, but it is now and that is why all fans should say Grazie Inter.



Have your say...
Nothing left to say. Its obvious for everyone.

16 points.

5th in Serie A

Kulusevski backpass, Bernadeschi backpass.


Super League catastophe.

Possible ban from CL/EL.

Predicted loss of over 300 million euros for the year.

Agnelli may be fired too, if he stays he has no power in european football anymore.

Amazon Series that will air all summer long, so juventini can relieve this season agan and again.

Trollig on another level.
on the 10th May, 2021 at 12:26pm
@Vieri. Thank you for pointing my error in the way covid effected every team.Of course every team had the same amount of players infected with the virus and every team could field their best team.I now know what it feels like to accept Inter were the best team and won the title on merit.
My work here is now done and looking forward to the future, not the past which some people dwell on.

Forza Juve.
on the 7th May, 2021 at 6:41pm
Inter win the Scudetto fair and square and in apblomb fashion. No one predict their will win in Week 34 with 4 matchee remaining.

Its pathetic but unsurprising to see certain fans of a certain club doing their best to showcase who's the sore loser amongst the rest of the chasing packs.

I M Scudetto.
on the 7th May, 2021 at 2:13pm
Juve's list of titles & accomplishments r too numerous to mention.Certainly they have been the standard bearers for Italian football for a century plus. Many thanks to the Agnelli family for their desire to remain the best.
But this success has led to a derangement syndrome by their fan base which refuses to acknowledge that competition in the league has improved. Is it a character flaw by team & fan to realize another team was superior and defeated you? Sour grapes in wine & fooball,pitiful.
on the 6th May, 2021 at 8:34pm
@NeutralObserver: Inter is the only team i have ever seen where it takes longer to pass the Champions League Group stage than it does to win the Title! But don't worry because next season if/when Inter finish dead last in the Champions League group stage they don't get to focus on 1 title - they get to play the "best of the rejects" cup that is unless inter bombs out of that Tournament too !!
on the 6th May, 2021 at 7:01pm
I see a lot Juve fans in the comments are hurting so much because of this. Yes, sure Juve fans, Inter won the title but you've won in life (or whatever you need to tell yourself to make it hurt less)
on the 6th May, 2021 at 1:18pm
@italboy you didn't say anything worth their weight. Actually you didn't even make any sense since everyone was impacted by covid just the same. It's an even ground through and through. Talking about abnormalities when you won the majority of your titles on the back of Calciopoli is pot calling the kettle black.

Whatever makes you feel better though. You seemed incredibly triggered for someone who supposedly enjoyed 9 titles in a row. Waning Juventus' dominance hit you really hard, doesn't it?
on the 6th May, 2021 at 4:39am
@Vieri.Hook line and sinker,Inter supporter took my bait and ran with it.You could not resist objecting to anything that is put forward about the winning of a abnormal title.
I know it has been very hard to see Juventus winning so many
titles and cups but just accept this season is a special one off.

Forza Juve.
on the 5th May, 2021 at 6:18pm
@dzurjakcsopi: the answer is YES or i telling the truth ? When you respond with YES then the only thing that is pathetic is the TRUTH !
on the 5th May, 2021 at 4:57pm
in this huge victory for INTER i like how everyone has forgotten a certain toxic cancer that was eating away at the club just a few seasons ago... a certain a-hole named Icardi. haha... suck it dude the club was right about him. much better without him and his antics and his agent/wife can shut up now and move back to argentina to play for River Plate as PSG will soon dump you for CR7
on the 4th May, 2021 at 9:10pm
Delusional rival fans can't accept the fact that Inter beat them fair and square despite having the same schedule. They still think their two extra European matches were the reason Inter won. Did they have selective amnesia that they forgot their teams were knocked out of Europe early too?

Must be really difficult to accept that Inter were already top of the league when European competition resumed. Did you guys hallucinate as if your team went all the way to quarter or semi final in Europe?
on the 4th May, 2021 at 5:00pm
As a Juve fan it was a tough year. To see the run end, but also to your rival. However you have to give Inter their due. They were the best team this year by far. Conte with Pep Moratta built a perfect squad for them. This team is capable of going back to back. But as someone familiar with Conte, this offseason and the transfer market will determine Conte's mood going into next season
on the 4th May, 2021 at 4:33pm
Congratulations to Inter, hats down, well deserved!
Going from -3 to +13 with 4 games to spare is the stuff champions are made of.
on the 4th May, 2021 at 2:37pm
Defensive consistency is what has won this title. Every time I see a 0-0 40/50 minutes in I predict it will be a 1-0 job and it usually is. Pazza Inter is no more. It pains me to say it as a Milan fan but it is well deserved and I would rather anyone win the title other than Juventus. I think a less congested schedule is what really gave them the edge this year. Need to achieve something in Europe before calling them winners, but they should enjoy the Scudetto now because they deserve it.
on the 4th May, 2021 at 1:39pm
You win games on the pitch, not in the boardroom.Inter via Conte were magnificent all season long and rose to every challenge winning every crucial game.The man knows how to win and transmitted his confidence and belief to his players,no easy task in todays game.The depth and quality of play on attack & defense were a tribute to Conte's coaching and the teams desire to win, few teams could match this combination. Inter today can compete with any team in any leaague so give this team & man Kudos.
on the 4th May, 2021 at 1:12pm
CB - SDB are untouchables and are a wall ahead of defense. Kolarov needs to and while D'Ambrosio pops up to score goals he has no business being first back up option at RCB. Ranocchia is surprisingly not a bad back up for De Vrij but should take a salary cut given his limited role. Pirola, Gravillon and Vanheusden should all be evaluated and at least one of them should be ideally be included in the first team. We really need a pacey defender to complement the existing crop like Romero or Botman
on the 4th May, 2021 at 11:21am
Landing the scudetto has been a fantastic achievement and Conte deserves a lot of credit for making this happen.
Looking ahead this team needs a few tweaks and some regeneration.

GK - we need to find a proper back up as we need a proper back up for Handanovic who can take over soon. A lot of talk about Musso and Silvestri but I think we should also be looking at Audero who has been fantastic for Sampdoria.
on the 4th May, 2021 at 10:03am
@ Fabrizzio

Sure we will accept 18 as soon as you write off another 10 from Juventus given its pretty evident that bribing and pressurizing officials isnt something the Agnelli's toy started doing in the 2000s and unfortunately has been a constant. Plus lets not forget Juventus' doping scandal of the 1990s. Its a crooked club owned and run by a bunch of crooks.
on the 4th May, 2021 at 9:47am
@Italboy what kind of logic is that? do you think covid only affected Inter's rivals? do you even understand how a pandemic work?
If anyone should feel disadvantaged because of covid it was Lazio. They would've won last season's title if the season hadn't been put on break for 3 months. You Juve fans are so funny with covid and Europe excuses. Your team got knocked out in round of 16, don't act like you had 10 extra matches or something. Inter were already at the top when CL resumed in February.
on the 4th May, 2021 at 5:35am
Totally agree.
on the 4th May, 2021 at 4:26am

haha. you are really pathetic still. i am starting to think you are too simple to be a human. you can repeat only 5-10 sentences. a primtive version of a chatbot. whoever wrote you, should do an update.
on the 4th May, 2021 at 2:46am
rubentus fans always has excuses when we won scudetto on 2006-2010 they said we won because calciopoli. now they said we won because covid. so why rubentus havent won UCL despite covid? isnt rubentus obsession to winning UCL? blaming tranfer business? really? let be honest even they has worse tranfer last 2 years since marrotta left, rubentus has better squad even now. so that why this scudetto special for inter. they beat the best team on italy, and on top of that make them crumbling a piece.
on the 4th May, 2021 at 1:13am
@ Marco Branca - Meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww
on the 3rd May, 2021 at 5:17pm
The fact is Inter did not win the title. Juventus lost the title by some idiotic transfers and managerial tactics.
The record books show Inter winning this season but the Covid
effect will always make this scudetto a less than true title win.NO one really knows the real effect that the pandemic had on individual teams. If Inter can win the title with a covid free season then i will accept they are true champions.

Forza Juve.
on the 3rd May, 2021 at 5:04pm
on the 3rd May, 2021 at 4:11pm
Congratulations Inter ! You had a record setting campaign and here's a list of those records:

1 - First Italian team to fail to pass the CL group stage 3 years in a row (this record is ongoing)
2 - First Inter team to ever finish piss last in the CL group stage
3-First Inter team to ever lose at home to Real Madrid
and # 4 - Highest paid Serie A coach to fail to pass the CL group stage 3 years in a row !

on the 3rd May, 2021 at 12:36pm
Blimey. Talk about making a mountain out of mole hill. Out of Europe and out of the Coppa and with no distractions, Inter win the title. What a surprise. As an Italian, I want them to do well in the CL, but I suspect the new Italian champions will be knocked out of the CL after three games as Conte's Curse continues!
on the 3rd May, 2021 at 10:37am
Thanx, Pirlo and Juventus’s management. Juventus r like the old Inter.
on the 3rd May, 2021 at 9:12am
i was angry at conte for ucl n coppa exit. teams had learned how to stop conte. the juve win was magnificent 2-0 with basto-barella golazo. the derby for the surpasso was the most worrying game but it was destroyed with 3-0. the second half of the season with everyone in top 4 beaten in head to heads made me think. no one deserves it more.
only minor tweaking needed, if the finances get fixed then more investment.

the treble team should have been overhauled after madrid in hindsite

on the 3rd May, 2021 at 8:59am
Still its nice to win. We are still waiting I MISS MARCO BRANCA congratulations?.....?????
on the 3rd May, 2021 at 8:08am

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