Inter have their hands on the Serie A title, but can they combine it with continental success?

Inter have been strolling towards the Serie A title, but the next step is to show they can combine domestic success with another appearance in the latter stages of the Champions League.

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The jokes inside the media centre before the match said it all: “If Inter win, they’re gonna be handed the Serie A trophy tonight”.

But beyond the jokes, the consensus was clear. A potential victory over Atalanta in their postponed Serie A Matchday 21 clash would’ve opened up a 12-point gap over second-place Juventus, which has been deemed almost impossible to bridge given the level of football the Biscione and the Bianconeri have been showing in recent weeks.

In the end, this was exactly how things played out, except for the fact that Inter‘s 4-0 thumping of Atalanta was much more than a simple win.

Simone Inzaghi‘s men took full advantage of meeting one of the most in-form sides in Europe to offer yet another show of strength. This is just what they’ve been doing in recent months – turning potentially difficult assignments into an opportunity to showcase growth.

Inter’s Matteo Darmian celebrates. (@Inter)

Inter’s shine against Atalanta after difficult start

The opening minutes at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza were not plain sailing, as Inter initially seemed to struggle to play their own game against an Atalanta side that refused to leave itself exposed.

Gian Piero Gasperini‘s team looked prepared to face the Nerazzurri’s relentless movement to take the opponents out of position, which is why even Federico Dimarco acknowledged that the hosts “weren’t off to a great start” in a post-match interview.

These difficulties resulted in Charles De Ketelaere‘s opener, which was controversially ruled out (luck is a typical feature of winning teams, too) but served as a trigger to shake up the whole Inter side and the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, paving the way for an incredible remaining 70 minutes during which the Biscione were in full swing, their football once again proving as effective as it is good to watch.

This tendency to emerge stronger after experiencing difficulty should come as little surprise if one listens carefully to Alessandro Bastoni‘s words, as hee pointed out how Inter‘s current strength comes from extreme despair, in the form of last season’s defeat to Manchester City in the Champions League final.

Hakan Calhanoglu and Lautaro Martinez celebrate a goal for Inter in the Champions League. (@Inter)

Will Inter be able to build on their domestic brilliance?

While everything suggests the Nerazzurri have got their hands on the Serie A title three months ahead of schedule, their season is far from over and still littered with opportunities to prove their real worth.

This Inter team, should it not dip like Napoli did in 2022/23 as they only won seven of the last 14 in Serie A, could have a shot at Juventus‘ record of 102 points in a season. It would mean winning all but one of their remaining matches, but they do not look like losing.

Having the chance to rotate many players in Serie A thanks to their big gap over the runners-up, Champions League football will tell more precisely whether Inter can bring their domestic brilliance onto the European stage.

After putting up a strong but wasteful display in their 1-0 win over Atletico Madrid in the first leg of the round of 16, their return clash at Wanda Metropolitano will be just the first test of maturity for a Nerazzurri side who need to do more than just win Serie A to really make the world sit up and take notice.

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