Inter succumbed for the first time in the season against Sassuolo, conceding twice after putting up strong defensive numbers beforehand. In particular, their players on the left-hand side of the pitch failed to guard the opponents properly on the two goals, which raised questions about Simone Inzaghi’s lineup choice.
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.
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."
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.
High-flying Inter demolished arch-rivals Milan 5-1 in the newest edition of the iconic Derby della Madonnina on Saturday evening to go alone at the top of the Serie A table. Both sides came into proceedings with a 100% record, but Nerazzurri are now the lone rangers at the summit.
Yann Sommer dished on why he pushed to join Inter in the summer even though he would have kept starting for Bayern Munich while Manuel Neuer works his way back from injury: "Inter mean tradition, strength, and excellence. I looked at the whole picture."
Following a two-week hiatus to accommodate international football, Serie A returns to action with arguably its most iconic fixture as Inter and Milan lock horns at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on Saturday. Let's look at our match preview for this heavyweight showdown.
While Milan could be on the verge of losing three French stars to injuries because of their international commitments, Inter could benefit on multiple fronts. According to TF1 via FCInterNews, Marcus Thuram and Benjamin Pavard are in pole position to start in France's upcoming friendly against Germany.
Milan are already positioning themselves to lure Jonathan David from Lille next summer, but they aren’t alone in that regard, as Inter are keen on him too. Les Dogues managed to repel the advances of the biggest clubs in Europe this summer by setting a €60/70M valuation.
Fiorentina traveled to Giuseppe Meazza to take on Inter in high spirits on Sunday after securing a group-stage berth in the Europa Conference League. However, Marcus Thuram and Lautaro Martinez brought Vincenzo Italiano's side down to their knees, thrashing them 4-0 in their final Serie A outing before the international break.
Inter humbled Fiorentina 4-0 at Giuseppe Meazza on Sunday evening as Simone Inzaghi's new formidable attacking partnership demolished La Viola. Lautaro Martinez and Marcus Thuram picked Vincenzo Italiano's side apart with an astonishing performance to keep Nerazzuri on par with Milan at the top of the Serie A table.
A summer of upheaval at Inter has seen the club trim their wage bill after releasing several players with premium salaries. According to Italian news outlet Calcio e Finanza's latest update, Hakan Calhanoglu is the highest earner at Giuseppe Meazza.