The Serie A title race is entering it’s final and crucial stages. And out of the teams involved, Inter has lost more points than any rival in the last two months. One win in the last seven fixtures in the championship was definitely not expected, despite the heavy schedule. Inter needed a restart – physically and mentally.
After the previous International breaks the team didn’t look good and was often losing points. All the players from South America were unavailable for the first fixture(s) after the break or were tired enough to not show their best abilities. Inter also had a lot of players involved in fixtures in Europe. Now three of the most important players stayed in Milan during the break. Lautaro Martinez tested positive for COVID 19 and couldn’t travel for Argentina. Meanwhile De Vrij and Brozovic were not called due to injuries. All three players are already training and are expected to be fit and ready for the crucial game in Turin versus Juventus. There will not be an Inter player in Europe World Cup Qualification play-offs after Italy lost to North Macedonia. That means that they will either have a week off or play a friendly. That is why this break can’t be compared to the tight and exhausting schedule that we got used to in the previous ones
Simone Inzaghi should expect his squad with fresh legs before the big game next Sunday. Still, it’s up to him and them when it comes to their fresh and clear mind. All strikers were constantly underperforming in the past rounds and Brozovic and De Vrij were not available in the last games. Inter didn’t look like the team that won nine consecutive games in the end of 2021. Now the whole group should be available and rested for one final push.
Outside the field we also received much anticipated positive news. Marcelo Brozovic finally signed his new contract with Inter until 2026. This should come as a great relief for all fans, as at this stage the team just didn’t work without him. On the other hand, other title contenders didn’t receive good news in the past week. Multiple sources confirm that Frank Kessie will leave Milan for free and already has an agreement with Barcelona. Inter’s next opponent Juventus will also lose one of their stars without receiving a transfer fee. Paulo Dybala will not sign new contract and will leave the club in the summer with Inter among the very interested clubs for the signature of the Argentinian striker.
International breaks have caused only problems for Inter during the whole campaign. Now, the last one may do quite the opposite – give Simone Inzaghi and his team the chance to stop, take a deep breath, evaluate, and enter in the decisive stage of the Championship with clear heads, ready to bring the Scudetto where it belongs!