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Serie A leaders Inter squeezed past basement boys Empoli 1-0 despite a dominant performance at the Stadio Carlo Castellani. Simone Inzaghi's men continued their rich vein of form in Tuscany, making it five consecutive away league wins over Gli Azzurri 'to nil.'
Simone Inzaghi is one win away from getting into the Inter folklore as the early Serie A pacesetters travel to Tuscany to encounter rock-bottom Empoli. The upcoming Sunday clash at the Stadio Carlo Castellani is a textbook definition of a 'David vs. Goliath' tale.
Out-of-favor Inter midfielder Kristjan Asllani could be heading back to Empoli when the transfer window reopens for business in January. According to FCInterNews, the 21-year-old Albanian has grown tired of his sparse first-team opportunities at Giuseppe Meazza and is looking for a way out.
Sunday's rich Serie A program commences at the Stadio Carlo Castellani with a lopsided encounter between rock-bottom Empoli and pacesetters Inter. Let’s look at our match preview for this contest.
Edin Dzeko believes the Nerazzurri diverted all their attention to the UEFA Champions League last season instead of Serie A. While Inzaghi’s Inter were left undone by Manchester City in the final, Napoli bulldozed their way enroute a historic Scudetto title after 33 years, leaving no chance for other sides.
Although Pavard didn’t get to the best of starts, he eventually grew into the match and ultimately retrieved the ball that culminated in Lautaro Martinez’s 87th minute equaliser. He expressed his satisfaction at making his maiden Nerazzurri start, having been being left on the bench for four straight Serie A games.
The final Champions League clash for a Serie A side this week comes in the form of Real Sociedad vs Inter on Wednesday night at Reale Arena. The Spanish outfit are playing in the Champions League for the first time since the 2013/14 season, whilst the Nerazzurri reached the final of the competition last term.
Wesley Sneijder, who lifted the treble with Inter under Jose Mourinho, believes the current side has ability to match what the Nerazzurri achieved more than a decade ago. The Dutch icon thinks Inter would have been deserved winners if they edged Manchester City in last season’s UEFA Champions League final.
Former Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has no doubt in his mind as to who the Scudetto favorites this season are, as Inter thrashed Milan 5-1 in the first Derby della Madonnina: "They have a deep squad with 20 starters. Inzaghi combines the youth of some players with experience of others."
The Banditi Curva Sud, one of the arms of the Milan fans, sent out a warning, most likely aimed at Pioli for not training his side adequately as they succumbed by a four-goal margin. The Rossoneri faithful pointed fingers at the ex-Lazio and Fiorentina tactician for under-preparing his side.
Marcus Thuram caused market havoc in the summer when he canceled his move to Milan at the 11th hour to join direct rivals Inter. After leaving Borussia Monchengladbach as a free agent, he received an offer from Rossoneri but decided to team up with their neighbors instead.