The Nerazzurri moved five points clear of Juventus, ahead of their trip to Lecce, thanks to braces from Hakan Calhanoglu and Lautaro Martinez, with both players netting a penalty apiece.
Marcus Thuram scored the fifth for Simone Inzaghi‘s league leaders, whilst Matteo Pessina had earlier pulled one back from the spot for Monza.
Inter send out title warning
With more than half of the season gone, Inter are looking a strong tip to win the Serie A title and they were in dominant form at the U-Power Stadium. Devastating in front of goal, the Nerazzurri were rampant and some of their intricate play was scintillating, showing that they can combine style and substance.
Holding a five-point lead over Juventus ahead of the Bianconeri’s trip to Lecce, Inter are so far keeping their nerve in the title race but the real test will come after the Supercoppa Italiana, amidst a run of facing Fiorentina, Juve, and AS Roma in consecutive fixtures.
However, Inter will be full of confidence that they can extend their lead at the top after a fine display against the Lombardian rivals and it will take a huge Juventus effort to chase them down.
Martinez with the magic touch
Key to Inter’s pursuit of the scudetto is captain Martinez, and the Argentina international was excellent in front of goal once again. Netting twice, the striker has taken his goal contributions in Serie A to 20 and he has shown no signs of slowing down.
Martinez is clear in the capocannoniere battle and it would take a miracle for the ex-Racing Club man to let it slip now, with his 18 goals double the tally of his closest rivals Olivier Giroud and Domenico Berardi.
In addition, Martinez has a knack of bringing the best out of his strike partner, with Thuram the latest to benefit from his influence in the way Romelu Lukaku and Edin Dzeko did before him.
Calhanoglu continues to prove to be a steal
It’s safe to say that Calhanoglu caused something of a stir when he crossed the Milanese divide to join Inter as a free agent from Milan in 2021, and the Turkey international is continuing to prove that he was one of the most astute signings in recent seasons.
The midfielder is joint-second in Serie A‘s top scorers after his brace and is almost a guarantee from the penalty spot, whilst his second goal against Monza showcased his sensational technique.
Such is his influence in the middle that Inter were happy to move Marcelo Brozovic on, and the link up between the ex-Bayer Leverkusen man and teammates Nicolo Barella and Henrikh Mkhitaryan has been crucial to Inter‘s fine form. The 29-year-old’s vision and ability to swiftly move the ball allows the Nerazzurri to utilise their devastating attacking potential and much of their potential success rests on his shoulders.