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.
After relinquishing their Scudetto hopes at the halfway point of last season, Inter have taken the driver’s seat from the get-go in 2023/24. A week ago, Inzaghi’s high-flyers humiliated arch-rivals Milan with a memorable 5-1 Derby della Madonnina victory to bookend an impressive four-game winning start to the new Serie A campaign.
Widely expected to build on their early momentum against a troubled Empoli side, Inter won’t settle for anything less than three points on Sunday. Achieving that goal would see Inzaghi become only the fourth-ever Nerazzurri manager to open a new season with five consecutive wins.
Antonio Conte, Roberto Mancini, and Helenio Herrera are the only members of that distinguished club. Inzaghi has a unique opportunity to book his membership in this VIP society. New Empoli coach Aurelio Andreazzoli is the last man standing between him and this flattering milestone.
Despite taking on the only pointless, let alone scoreless, side in Serie A, Inzaghi won’t take anything for granted. With Paolo Zanetti out of the picture following last weekend’s 7-0 rout at the hands of Roma, Empoli will be after a fresh start at the beginning of Andreazzoli’s third managerial stint at the Castellani.
But since Inter boast a rich vein of form at this venue, all pieces seem to have fallen into place to accommodate a career-defining moment for Inzaghi.
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