After an incredibly disappointing 2014-15 Serie A campaign, Inter Milan will look to compete for their first Italian top-flight title since 2010 as they attempt to re-establish themselves as a giant of European football. Since they won the treble under former manager Jose Mourinho in the 2009-10 season, Inter have struggled to dominate Italian football and, after a number of years in decline, finished eighth last term under former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini.
The 50-year-old has insisted that Inter will be much improved this season and they have already moved in the summer transfer window to acquire Monaco midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia for a reported fee of around £25 million. With a few more signings, the 18-time Serie A champions could compete with the likes of Juventus, Napoli and Lazio for silverware.
It will be difficult to compete with a dominant Juventus side this term but Inter are certainly capable of competing financially in the transfer market with the Old Lady. At the time of writing, Juve – who have lifted the Serie A title for the past four years – have acquired three players already in the summer window and have laid the benchmark for their competitors to follow.
The club have secured the services of Paulo Dybala from fellow Italian side Palermo for around £23m while they have also signed Sami Khedira and Mario Manzukic from Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid respectively. It is vital that Inter are able to follow suit in the transfer market and the acquisition of Kondogbia – who admitted that Mancini was a huge factor in his decision to move – proves that the Italian giants are still capable of competing with Europe’s top clubs. A few more signings like this and Inter, who are priced at 10/1 when this article was produced, will be supported in the football betting markets in Italy.
Realistically, it may be more sensible for Inter to target a top-three finish this season and secure a return to the Champions League. Europe’s elite club competition is a huge factor for many players nowadays and a club becomes a lot more attractive if they are playing European football on a regular basis.
Mancini’s side are more than capable of climbing up the division to finish as one of the top sides in Serie A this term, especially as they can focus all of their efforts solely on their domestic league games throughout the 2015-16 campaign. With no European distractions, Inter should channel all of their efforts on the Serie A season and bringing Champions League football back to the club for the first time since 2013.
However, that isn’t to say that Inter cannot compete for their 19th Serie A crown this season. They already possess a young, talented squad that are hungry to succeed and, with experienced boss Mancini at the helm, they could spring a shock and push Juventus all the way for the title. Massimiliano Allegri’s side are certainly red-hot favourites for their fifth successive top-flight trophy but Inter shouldn’t be overlooked and, with a bit of luck, will finish back in Italy’s top three and secure Champions League football at the very least.