There’s a new sheriff in town.
After Inter scraped to a fourth-place finish last season under Luciano Spaletti, and with the club divided over the Mauro Icardi saga, the writing was on the wall for Italian coach.
Antonio Conte was a wanted man by at least four of Serie A’s top teams this summer, but the ex-Chelsea man made the decision to become the new Nerazzurri boss and try to end Juventus’ monotonous dominance of Italian football.
The Milan club has made a perfect start to the new domestic campaign, winning each of their six games, and have done so without any serious problems. Conte’s side have a great opportunity to extend their lead over ?Juventus to five points when the two teams go toe-to-toe at San Siro next Sunday evening, and the Inter coach will be confident going into the crunch match.
But how have ?I Nerazzurri become such a well-drilled side?
It’s not only the Italian manager’s shrewd business acumen which has contributed to Inter’s sensational start however. Players who were deemed surplus to requirements under previous regimes have been reintroduced into the fray under their new coach, and the likes of Antonio Candreva and Danilo D’Ambrosio have been given a new lease of life.
The former Juve boss’ ability to squeeze every drop of talent and determination out of his squad has helped him to win titles in the past, and it may well do so again.
?Chelsea stormed to Premier League success under Conte in the 2016/17 season, playing an exciting but organised brand of football with a three-man defence. This system has been the former Italy boss’ go-to formation, and he has adopted it once more with his new side.
Experienced goalkeeper Samir
Six changes from midweek. Two players making their first starts. A switch at the back. New strike partnership and Inter look like they’ve played together for years. Should be 3 or 4-0. Samp awful. Sanchez got lucky but livelier than he looked at any point at Old Trafford
— James Horncastle (@JamesHorncastle) September 28, 2019
Inter have a tendency of crumbling during the winter period of the season, and their frailties eventually become very apparent and are easily exposed. Conte is the man who can stop this inevitable derailing and keep the ship on course.
With star talent such as Lukaku, Sanchez and Lautaro Martinez, I Nerazzurri have an opportunity to make a statement to the rest of Serie A against Juve, and declare themselves as the team to beat this season.