Inter Milan, 3-time winners of Europe’s elite competition, 18 times domestic league champions but honourless since 2011.
The slide has not been a secret, they’ve become what one may brandish an “ex great club”.
Long gone are the days of Jose Mourinho’s treble winning side in 2009/10, almost eight years have passed and Inter now find themselves like arch rival’s AC Milan, failing to qualify for the Champions League, a competition that both have rich history in.
Luciano Spalletti is the 10th manager to take the reins at I Nerazzurri since Mourinho’s departure for Real Madrid and the saying goes “third time lucky” put perhaps ten is the Italian giants’ lucky number.
This is his first season in charge and there are clear signs of improvement from the Serie A outfit under his leadership.
Spalletti has installed a know-how to avoid losing into his Inter Milan team, especially in the bigger games.
They haven’t lost to any of the teams above them in the table. They’ve won once and drawn five times when facing the teams above them (Juventus, Napoli, Roma and Lazio).
Comparing to last season, a season that saw Inter have three different managers throughout. Frank de Boer, Stefano Vecchi (twice caretaker) and Stefano Pioli. The club lost half of their meetings with the previously mentioned teams in 2016/17. Spalletti was Roma manager at the time and he got the better of Inter both home and away.
This season, Inter were unbeaten until mid-December when Udinese beat them at the San Siro, again comparing to the season before when Inter lost their very first game of the season, away at Chievo. The run of 16 weeks unbeaten was up there with the very best of teams in Europe’s top five leagues.
An emphatic start to the campaign for Spalletti was followed with six draws and three losses, this has seen them drop to fifth, but I’m confident they’ll get right back into form and we might just see them in the Champions League next season.
Many a neutral wish to see both Milan clubs at the top of their game and back in Europe.
Inter must avoid getting picky
I think Luciano Spalletti is right for Inter Milan and Inter Milan is right for Luciano Spalletti.
I fear the board making a hasty decision, say they didn’t qualify for the Champions League. If it became the case, even more reason to back him financially as best you can and give him time.
Though they don’t quite have the financial capabilities that AC do, which further expresses how well Spalletti has done.
I worry because it’s what happened to Roberto Mancini during his second spell as manager, I felt his dismissal was a very harsh move by the club and Frank de Boer’s dire reign proved me right. Inter need stability and Spalletti is the man!
Written by Jordan Hackett
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