Inter Hoping for Better Champions League Results to Help Finances

The finances of Inter are improving, but the club is not entirely out of the woods yet. The board of directors ratified €245,6M losses for 2020-2021 today. The figure beat the negative Serie A record recently registered by Juventus in the same session.

Inter are optimistic the economic problems will dissipate over time. The rich sales of Achraf Hakimi and Romelu Lukaku were highly beneficial. Moreover, ownership stipulated a €375M loan with the Oaktree fund, which secured the future of the outfit, La Gazzetta dello Sport informs.

However, Inter need to do better in Europe. Otherwise, they might have to cash in on other linchpins in the future. The strategy of the Suning family relies heavily on Champions League prize money. But the Nerazzurri have not been able to move past the group stages in ten years.

Participating in the top continental competitions guarantees a minimum of €45M. The figures go up significantly in each step. Reaching the Round of 16 would bring in at least €20M more. Ticket sales are a meaningful factor as well. Capacity in Italian stadiums will soon increase to 75 percent and potentially to 100 in 2022. Champions League matches are always the most profitable ones in that respect.

Despite a pair of good performances, Inter picked up one point in the first two games against Real Madrid and Shakhtar Donetsk. They will need to win against the pesky Sheriff Tiraspol to boost their chances of qualifying to the knockout stage and interrupt a lengthy slump.