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Can anyone stop Inter Milan from making Serie A history this season?

Tom Dunstan in Editorial, Serie A 21 Dec 2023

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While Inter Milan might have suffered Champions League final heartbreak back in June as they suffered a 1-0 loss against Manchester City, the Italian icons have come roaring back in some style.

Using last season’s European romp as a real platform to build on, Simone Inzaghi’s side have their sights firmly set on making more Serie A history in the New Year.

Continuing to receive a string of plaudits from across the continent, the Nerazurri are rightfully tipped as a standout contender to reclaim their domestic crown this season.

Riding what has been an extended wave of momentum and firing on all cylinders, Inter Milan certainly find the mood in their camp at a red-hot high.

On the verge of entering Italy’s festive break, Inzaghi’s men will simply be looking to carry on from where they left of when they return to top-flight action in January.

The Nerazzurri have cemented their spot as one of Europe’s elite

Enjoying another Champions League romp this season and cruising their way to the knockout stage without breaking much of a sweat, Inter Milan should be dreaming of the chance to make even more history in the New Year.

Unbeaten in all of their previous 15 straight appearances across all competitions – a run that stems back to September 27th – Inzaghi’s side have also continued on a major Serie A purple patch since opening up the 2023/24 campaign.

Claiming a stellar 2-0 victory against historic rivals Lazio last weekend and currently holding a four-point buffer over the chasing pack, the Nerazzurri have also gained a fearsome reputation for their defensive steel.

Really upping the anti since returning from November’s international break, Inter Milan have kept a clean sheet in all of their last four outings and they have not picked the ball out of their own net in over 400 minutes of action.

Holding a four-point buffer at the top of the table and once again tipped as a potential Champions League dark horse this season, Inzaghi deserves an abundance of praise for the job that he has done since arriving at the San Siro back in June 2021.

Martinez is the key to Inter’s success

While many around Milan might have been frustrated over the summer as they failed to snap up former talisman Romelu Lukaku on a permanent basis, it has been Lautaro Martinez who has underlined his status as Inter’s poster boy.

Crowed as a World Cup winner out in Qatar 12 months ago, the Argentina ace has continued to shine since being appointed as Inzaghi’s new full-time skipper.

Already regarded as a modern-day icon around the San Siro, the 26-year-old has remarkably bagged 15 strikes in his first 16 Serie A appearances this season and finds himself sat in the driving seat to get his hands on a first Golden Boot.

With the 52-cap international making it clear over the summer that his only intention was to stay put in Milan, Inzaghi’s attacking superstar also appears to be inching towards a bumper new contract extension.

Keeping pace with the likes of Manchester City record-breaker Erling Haaland and underlining his status as one of Europe’s elite marksmen, it is no secret that Martinez has a leading role to play in Inter’s charge for a 20th Serie A crown.

Juventus are Inter’s main contender

Although Inter Milan might find themselves sat in the driving seat to claim a 20th Serie A crown this season, Juventus have stolen plenty of Italy’s headlines over the past few months.

While the Old Lady might have found themselves at the heart of another public scandal last month after being hit with a 15-point deduction, Juve have made a string of improvements since opening up the new campaign.

Not having any European obligations this season, Massimiliano Allegri’s side are suddenly dreaming of the chance to mount their own shock title charge in the New Year.

Making a real statement as they secured a 1-0 victory against defending champions Napoli earlier in the month, Juventus have suffered just a single defeat from any of their first 16 Serie A appearances.

Already looking like they are cruising towards at least a lucrative Champions League return in 2024, the 36-time domestic champions will be hoping to push Inter Milan all the way.

Really turning Turin into a fortress over the past few months and appearing to show no signs of a camp that is dealing with some public issues behind the scenes, Juventus have certainly answered plenty of questions.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Dunstan


Formerly of The Independent, Tom has spent the past six years as one of our senior writers and betting experts. Alongside working with numerous publications from across the globe, Tom also graduated from the University of Falmouth in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Digital Media.
Spending almost the past decade working in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada, he has also spent time featuring in sports radio. Tom can be followed on Instagram - @iamtomdunstan

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