Inter Milan extended their lead at the top of the Serie A table to four points by beating city rivals AC Milan 3-0 on Sunday afternoon.
Antonio Conte’s side went ahead after just three minutes when Lautaro Martinez headed home from a delivery from former Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku.
Martinez doubled the advantage for the Nerazzurri on 57 minutes when a fine move saw Ivan Perisic fed him the ball to finish off.
Former Chelsea striker Lukaku wrapped up the scoring midway through the second half when he fired home a low drive into the bottom corner, with Perisic providing the assist yet again.
Milan did have chances, as Zlatan Ibrahimovic went close to equalising for the home team twice when it was just 1-0, but thereafter it was Inter who were the dominant side.
The result in the Derby della Madonnina means that Inter are now at the top of the Serie A table with 53 points from 23 matches, four points clear of second-placed and city rivals AC Milan.
Conte’s Inter are now favourites to win the Scudetto and are rated at 2/9 by Betfair to do so, with Milan third favourites for the championship with odds of 10/1 in their favour.
This is what we learned from the Milan derby on Sunday:
Romelu Lukaku is top class
Some Manchester United fans may still have reservations over Romelu Lukaku, but there is no doubt that the striker is world class and is one of the top three in his position in the world at the moment. The 27-year-old has been sensational for Inter since he moved from United, and in the Milan derby, he showed that he can create chances as well as score goals. According to WhoScored, the Belgium international striker took four shots and two were on target and played three key passes.
Alessio Romagnoli needs to be dropped
Alessio Romagnoli has not been in great form in recent weeks, and the 28-year-old struggled badly against Inter. The central defender simply could not do keep Lukaku in check, and the striker rans rings around him. Perhaps it is time for Fikayo Tomori to get a run in the team now. The 23-year-old England international centre-back, signed on loan from Chelsea in the January transfer window, has made two starts and one substitute appearance in Serie A, according to WhoScored.
Title race far from over
True, Inter were utterly dominant and showed why they are the better team, but the race for the Scudetto is far from over this season. After all, Milan are only four points off the pace, and there are still 15 rounds of matches left to be played this season. The Rossoneri clearly have to improve and have to bounce back from the defeat in the Milan derby, but it is very early to say that Inter have a clear path to glory.
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