Conte’s Inter set to challenge Juve for the Serie A title  |  Photo Credit: AP
Inter Milan had a near perfect summer transfer window
The likes of Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez headlined Inter’s transfer season
Can Antonio Conte’s Inter win Serie A this season?
One of the world’s best centre-backs? Check. One of the most dangerous strikers in Europe? Check. A player capable of both scoring and assisting double figures in his prime? Check. One of the most tactically able coaches in world football? Double-check. Inter Milan are a force to reckon with both domestically and continentally in the 2019-20 season. Here’s a look at why.
Change at Juventus
Juventus have embodied the hugely revered catenaccio played in the Serie A over the past few decades. Much like Barcelona in Spain, the Juventus side also represents the Italian brand of football also adopted by the National team on the big stage. Their coaches in the past decade in the form of Massimiliano Allegri and Antonio Conte himself greatly explain the defensive expectations at the Allianz Stadium in Turin. With the appointment of Maurizio Sarri, the ‘Old Lady’ has witnessed a change in the style of football played at the home of the Champions. ‘Sarriball’, is a type of football focused on keeping possession and outscoring your opponent, much unlike what was seemed the norm at Juventus where you hit your opponents on the counter and lockdown in defence. There will have been no weirder sight than Juventus conceding a 3-0 advantage to Napoli last weekend, and although Juve did turn out winners on the night, a transition in the style of football played at Juventus means an opportunity for competitors, and especially a hugely strengthened Inter to pounce.
The transfer window
As far as successful transfer windows go, the summer of 2019 for Inter Milan is up there without a doubt. Although they lost star striker and captain Mauro Icardi to PSG on the final day of the window, his goals will more than be made up for in the form of Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez, both wantaways from Manchester United. Combined with the experience of Uruguayan Diego Godin arriving on a free transfer, Inter possess one of the most deadly squads in Europe. A defensive line-up of Godin, Skriniar, De Vrij, Ranochia and D’Ambrosio combined with the industry in midfield in the form of Asamoah, Candreva and Brozovic means the Inter goal will be a rare sight for opponents. Combine that with the goalscoring abilities of Lukaku, Sanchez and Lautaro Martinez, and Inter is guaranteed to take Europe by storm this season.
What makes any racing car a force to be reckoned with is the person behind the wheels of the machine. As world-class as their squad might be, it is the brains of tactical mastermind Antonio Conte that is sure to strike fear into European and Juventino hearts in particular. Conte is no stranger to the Serie A, having guided Juventus themselves into 3 consecutive Serie A titles, winning the ‘Panchina d’Oro’ (The best coach title) for all 3 seasons. Conte’s innovative 3-5-2 strategy has already been implemented into Inter’s first 2 league games of the season, and now see them on the top of the Serie A table. Although it is definitely too early to be looking at the league table, Conte has already provided a glimpse of what his peak side can do, with a 4-0 mauling of Lecce and a 2-1 away win at Cagliari. During his first season at Chelsea, Conte guided them to the Premier League title with a record 30 wins in 38 games, never before done at the club. Antonio Conte is undoubtedly a proven winner, and with the perfect arsenal of tools at Inter, the Italian mastermind looks set to make Inter a juggernaut in Europe once again.