Icardi: Inter must return to Champions League

The Argentine attacker says a third place finish in Serie A this season is the minimum the Nerazzurri – who are top right now – will accept

Mauro Icardi says securing qualification for the Champions League next season is the absolute minimum Inter will accept this year.

The Nerazzurri are without European football this campaign after their eighth-placed finish in Serie A, but are looking in much better shape this season having started with five wins from five games after a summer of upheaval.

And Icardi is happy with the start his side have made and insists they cannot afford to miss out on a top three spot.

“We are only at the beginning of the season but we are clear in first place,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “Third place is the minimum goal, the club has made ​​major investments.

“Inter cannot have another season without European football. With 10 new players, there has been a revolution that has made ​​us very good.

“We have drawn a line on the past and worked to create a large group. In time you will see the results. We can only get better.

“We wanted to start strong, but did not think it would be as strong as this. We have to climb as high as possible.”

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