Torino-Inter Preview: Mazzarri's men look to hit the ground running

The Nerazzurri have not lost to the Granata since February 1994 and they will be confident of extending that run with a squad that has been significantly strengthened this summer

Inter will be aiming to extend an unbeaten streak spanning 20 years when they travel to Torino for their Serie A opener.

While the Nerazzurri only finished three points ahead of the Granata last season, the visitors boast a significant edge, having not lost to Sunday’s opponents in 20 matches.

Inter have won 14 games and drawn six during that period, with their last defeat to Torino coming in the form of a 2-0 loss in February 1994, and they will make the trip full of confidence following their 6-0 rout of Iceland’s Stjarnan in the Europa League play-offs on Thursday.

Croatia international Mateo Kovacic netted a hat-trick, while striker Mauro Icardi scored twice as Inter kept their fifth clean sheet heading into Sunday’s showdown.

Torino have been just as impressive defensively en route to qualifying for the Europa League group stages.

Thursday’s 1-0 win over Croatian side RNK Split capped a remarkable turnaround for Torino, who were promoted from Serie B in 2011-12.

Two years on and Torino are now expected to challenge for one of the European spots yet again this season.

The hosts will have their work cut out against Inter, having lost top goalscorer Ciro Immobile to Borussia Dortmund during the off-season, while Italy international Alessio Cerci has requested to leave.

Despite that, they have brought in players such as experienced striker Fabio Quagliarella and Antonio Nocerino.

Inter boast plenty of new faces, with the likes of former Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic, Pablo Osvaldo, Gary Medel and Yann M’Vila now calling Milan home.

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