Inter to Enjoy Major UCL Windfall, Eye Some Records

Inter will hunt for their fourth Champions League in Istanbul, against either Manchester City or Real Madrid. Even if they missed out on the trophy, their deep run will help their finances, and they have already secured some remarkable achievements.

According to Calcio e Finanza, the Nerazzurri will rake in close to €100M in prize money. Reaching the final is worth €15.5M on its own. They had collected €82M before the latest round, considering how far they advanced, the participation bonus, the historical ranking, and the market pool. The sum doesn’t comprise game-day earnings, which reached astronomical levels in the later stages. Winning the cup would add €4.5M to the tally. Their results rendered a €4M sanction coming from a settlement agreement with UEFA for Financial Fair Play violations an afterthought.

The sizeable windfall will assist Inter in the summer. They were previously tipped to sell at least one cornerstone to break even and foot some additions. Per SportMediaset, Simone Inzaghi is the second Italian coach to lead them to the final after Giovanni Invernizzi. They had foreign gaffers in the four other instances.

Lautaro Martinez is the third Argentine to bag ten goals in Champions League with the Nerazzurri. Julio Cruz and Hernan Crespo are the other two. Milan are the opponents he has punished the most since coming to Italy.

Inter hasn’t lost in the knockout stage so far. Among Serie A sides, only Juventus managed in 2014/2015 and 2016/2017. They have collected five clean sheets in six matches, as the Old Lady did in their second in its second run. It’s the first-ever season where they have faced their crosstown rivals five times. They have bested them in four of them.

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