Inter set to hand Simone Inzaghi a new contract, but does the Nerazzurri boss deserve it?

Inter are expected to hand a new contract to Simone Inzaghi, despite their being moments during the 2022/23 season when many felt he should be sacked. Are the Nerazzurri making the right decision?

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Despite there being so much speculation throughout the 2022/23 season about the future of Simone Inzaghi at Inter, the Italian coach is likely to be handed a new contract by the Nerazzurri hierarchy.

There is a clear preference from Inter CEO Beppe Marotta to start the new season with the club’s coach having more than a year left on his contract, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport (via FCInternews).

In Serie A in 2022/23, the Nerazzurri were underwhelming. Whilst Inzaghi’s side qualified for the Champions League, they failed to win or even challenge for the Scudetto. In cup competitions, they excelled, winning the Coppa Italia, and the Supercoppa Italiana and reaching the final of the Champions League where they lost 1-0 to Manchester City.

There is a lot to be excited by with this Inter squad, but is it the right move given how far away they were from the title last season?

Inter coach Simone Inzaghi during the Champions League final. [@Inter]

Simone Inzaghi’s tactical style

Simone Inzaghi’s playing style has earned a lot of praise this season and last, with many drawing some similarities to Antonio Conte’s time at the club.

If Inter were to enter the new season with a new coach, the process of changing personnel could take too much time, and would likely cause issues with the squad and the transfer window.

For reference, in the Champions League final, Inter were one of a tiny number of sides all season to nullify Erling Haaland and Manchester City for as sustained a period as they did. This earned praise from Pep Guardiola in the post-match as he said: “However, they’re the second [best] team in Europe, and when you’re the second team in Europe you’re at a really high level.”

Simone Inzaghi taking training ahead of Inter’s Champions League clash against Porto. [@Inter_en]

Scudetto targeted for Inzaghi’s next chapter

Whilst club president Steven Zhang is happy with how the club did this season, there is a desire to win the Scudetto again next year as Zhang believes that because of the loss in the Champions League final, the squad will have a feeling of revenge.

If they do not win the Scudetto, Inter have to at least compete for it for longer than they did in 2022/23 where Napoli ran away with the title early on, and Inter lost 12 league games.

Alongside this, Zhang is optimistic that the club can remain amongst Europe’s elite. Inzaghi has shown that he can get his side far in cup competitions, managing a heavy game schedule and also being tactically astute throughout.

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