After the highs of winning the Serie A title, Inter Milan have taken a different path with the sudden departure of manager Antonio Conte.
Simone Inzaghi is the man who has been tasked with mounting the Nerazzurri’s title defence, and it looks set to be an exciting, fresh challenge for the former Lazio boss.
Inzaghi Set for Biggest Challenge
Inter enjoyed a superb 2020-21 Serie A campaign, as they finished 12 points clear of nearest rivals AC Milan. Conte has his own way of doing things, and those who didn’t fit the hard-working profile soon find themselves out of the picture. However, the Italian was able to garner the winning mentality at the San Siro that he had been able to achieve in previous positions at Juventus and Chelsea.
Where Inter fell short, and where Inzaghi must seek improvement, came in Europe as the Nerazzurri finished bottom of their Champions League group. Inter, who are 40/1 in the football betting to win the Champions League title next season, saw Real Madrid, Borussia Monchengladbach and Shakhtar Donetsk all finish above them in the standings. With just one win in six games, there is plenty of room for improvement for the newly crowned Italian champions in Europe.
What will make the challenge even greater for Inzaghi, both in Europe and domestically, are the reports Conte left Inter after being asked to cut costs in the squad. Inzaghi looks like he will have to be flexible when it comes to incoming and outgoing players, which will be a real test of the 45-year-old manager’s credentials.
New Boss Must Build on Defensive Foundation
Inzaghi will have at his disposal a strong team that has developed that all-important winning mentality. Inter’s success last term was founded on a strong defence, as they only conceded 35 goals in their 38 league games. It was a remarkable achievement for a side that were also the second highest goalscorers in the division.
Building on that impressive defence will be key for Inzaghi, who managed to win the Coppa Italia and two Supercoppa Italianas during his time in charge at Lazio. The Inter hierarchy have clearly seen enough of Inzaghi to give him the reins of the Italian champions, with the former striker being handed a two-year deal.
Expect Juve Reaction
Having seen their nine-year domination of Serie A come to an abrupt end, Juventus will be looking to come back stronger next season. Andrea Pirlo saw his side finish in fourth place, before the rookie head coach was given his marching orders in Turin.
With Massimiliano Allegri back at the helm, Juve are set to be serious title contenders once again, and it will be up to Inzaghi’s Inter to stop the Old Lady from climbing back to the top. The new Inter boss will need to hit the ground running, but the hierarchy at the San Siro seem confident they have got the right man for the job.