Inzaghi has survived a storm at Inter, but can he guide them through tougher challenges to come?

Things certainly look a lot rosier for Inter now but Simone Inzaghi still has a lot of work to do if pre-season expectations are to be met.


After watching Inter avoid defeat against Barcelona twice in the space of one week, many may have wondered whether they were able to carry that momentum into their faltering Serie A campaign.

It didn’t take too long to realise that the effect of their 3-3 draw at Camp Nou on Wednesday night went much further than simply earning them a crucial point with a view to securing a spot in the Champions League’s Round of 16.

For the first time in recent memory, the Nerazzurri proved able to fight back after going behind and avoid defeat, and they were probably unfortunate not to get all three points given the amount of clear-cut chances they created.

Inter players celebrate a goal against Salernitana in Serie A. [@Inter_en]

Inter showcased a new kind of confidence

However, such a performance has generated a new kind of confidence that Simone Inzaghi‘s side were eager to put on display in their comfortable 2-0 victory against Salernitana.

With a starting XI made up of those same players who had proved incapable of reacting to difficulties, an issue which led to four defeats from their opening eight Serie A games, Inter looked a completely different team both technically and mentally.

They looked more dynamic and their combination play was much swifter The Nerazzurri started on the front foot against the Granata and seemed to have regained at least part of that unpredictability that made their attacks so hard to control for their opponents last season.

It should be said, Salernitana could have hurt the hosts had they been more precise with at least one of the few chances they created, but for once the Biscione gave the feeling of being ready to react, no matter what happened.

Nicolo Barella scoring at San Siro for Inter against Salernitana. [@Inter_en]

The job is far from done for Inzaghi

Simone Inzaghi’s side just looked more solid compared to recent weeks, occupying spaces more intelligently, in order to lower the risks of allowing lethal counters, and looking much more aware of both their strengths and weaknesses.

As a result, Inter could control the game with an unprecedented level of composure for this season, further confirming the progress shown in their recent outings.

While Inzaghi definitely deserves credit for not losing control of the group and being able to turn the tide, his Inter side have already lost far too much ground to their rivals, therefore what would be otherwise considered an impressive winning streak should become a kind of “new normal” to aim to for the Nerazzurri.

In fact, with the sides at the Serie A summit keeping up an impressive pace, they won’t be allowed further slip-ups until the league will halt for the World Cup.


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