Italian Football

Are the Nerazzurri Stronger or Weaker This Season?

After being ousted by crosstown rivals at the end of the previous season, Inter were very determined to regain Scudetto Crown, and the first business was to conduct a vigorous transfer campaign. Perhaps the early signs on the field weren’t very positive for Nerazzurri who lost their second defeat of the season in the Derby della Madonnina, but let’s remember that they were the front-runners in many observers’ books before the season kicked off. So this paradoxical situation begs the question: Is Inter stronger or weaker compared to last season?

Let’s examine the situation by taking a closer look at each play section.

goalkeepers

In: Andre Onana, Gabriel Brazau
Exit: Ionot Radu

After Ionut Radu’s defeat against Bologna, the Roman regent was forced to separate from lovable for everyone. Andre Onana came in as a free agent after the termination of his contract with Ajax.

The Cameroonian has yet to appear in an official match, but one would expect him to prove himself as a promotion for Radu.

However, the club’s main concern remains the shaky form of longtime captain Samir Handanovic, although that should be an expected result at the age of 38.

So will Unana prove worthy of being the long-term Slovenian alternative?

Referee: Stronger than last season, at least.

Defenders

In: Francesco Accra
Out: Andrea Ranocchia

Throughout the summer transfer window, Inter played a difficult match with Paris Saint-Germain, even turning down an offer of 60 million euros for Milan Skriniar. The Italians will certainly regret it if the Slovakian walks away as a free agent at the end of the season. But for now, maintaining one of the best defenders in Serie A is a huge boost for Simone Inzaghi’s side.

Former captain Andrea Ranaukia paid his long-awaited farewell and was replaced by another Italian veteran, Francesco Acerbi, who was one of the coach’s most reliable allies during their time together at Lazio.

So despite the unconvincing performances of Stéphane de Vrij and Alessandro Bastoni early in the campaign, the arrival of Acerbi meant Nerazzurri improved in the back.

Verdict: stronger

wings

In: Raul Bellanova
Out: Ivan Perisic

During Antonio Conte’s Scudetto victory campaign, he was able to count on the formidable full-back duo of Achraf Hakimi and Ivan Perisic. But unfortunately for Inzaghi, neither of them remained at the club.

Last season, Robin Gosens only made a rare appearance after joining the squad in January, so he could almost be considered a new signing for Inter. However, the German has yet to show the kind of vibrant shows that earned him fame during his time in Atalanta.

Despite the extensive struggles Cagliari faced last season, Raul Bellanova was one of the unveilings of the campaign. But the 22-year-old still needs to sharpen his weapons in order to make an impact at a club like Inter.

Verdict: weaker.

midfielders

In: Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Christian Aslani
Directed by: Matías Vecino, Arturo Vidal

In Nicolo Barilla, Marcelo Brozovic and Hakan Calhanoglu, Inter are arguably the strongest midfield trio in the country. However, the lack of suitable replacements proved to be a problem for the club throughout last season.

Fortunately for Inzaghi, club CEO Giuseppe Marotta addressed the problem over the summer. Some dead woods such as Arturo Vidal and Matthias Ficino were given marching orders, and the vastly experienced Henrikh Mkhitaryan came along with the promising young Christian Aslani.

Some might argue that the hierarchy could have followed some of the more prolific names, but let’s not forget that the club operates on a tight budget.

Verdict: Relatively stronger.

attackers

In: Romelu Lukaku
Out: Alexis Sanchez

Two years ago, Romelu Lukaku was the darling of the Giuseppe Meazza family north curve. The Belgian was arguably the biggest champion in The beloved The triumphant in the 2020/21 season, and was recognized as the best player in the league.

Chelsea’s flip-flopping completed his homecoming much to Inzaghi’s delight, and once he puts his physical issues behind him and resumes his collaboration with Lautaro Martinez, Inter should once again possess the most feared partnership in Serie A.

Verdict: Stronger.

conclusion

Similar to Conte, Inzaghi adopts a 3-5-2 formation that relies heavily on men’s prowess on the flanks. Hence, the sloping level of width has become a major concern for the tactician.

However, the rest of the field was bolstered by good acquisitions that arrived to cement what was already a strong Inter side.

So despite the thorny beginnings, the former champions still have what it takes to get into battle for the famous player. tricolor badge.

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