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Forecast of Inter Milan, 2017/18 Season Preview: Strengths & Weaknesses

In case you’d forgotten with all the transfer talk, the city of Milan still has two Serie A teams.

In recent seasons it’s been something of a competition between the two Milan sides to see who can fall furthest from their past glories, as Inter have finished as low as ninth in Serie A.

Jose Mourinho’s 2010 treble is an increasingly distant memory, but with Luciano Spalletti now in charge of the Nerazzuri, they can look to rebuild their disjointed side, under a manager with some genuine experience and pedigree.

1. Last Season

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Where do you even start with this?

Inter’s 2016/17 started with the sacking of Roberto Mancini, with Frank de Boer and Stefano Pioli both biting the dust before the season was out too.

Inter’s form was as wild as their managerial changes, going from demolishing an overachieving Atalanta side 7-1 at the end of March, to then not winning again until the penultimate match of the season.

There’s something weird going on with the mentality of Inter’s players, and it poisoned the end of their season, and it gives the impression that they need a handler rather than a manager ahead of 2017/18.

2. Transfers In

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Despite possessing similar levels of wealth to their red neighbours, Inter have been notably quieter with heir dealings this summer.

However, they have undergone a lovely old raid of a side that beat them last season, as the biggest signings of the Nerazzuri’s summer so far have both been for midfielders heralding from Fiorentina.

Matias Vecino and Borja Valero have long been underrated Serie A midfielders, and both have made the jump to Inter for next season.

Spalletti has also shelled out nearly £20m for Sampdoria’s 22-year-old centre back Milan Skirinar, a promising but relatively inexperienced ball-playing defender.

3. Transfers Out

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The future of Ivan Perisic is still somewhat up in the air, but it looks as though Inter will be able to hold on to the vast majority of their key players this summer.

The majority of players leaving the Nerazzuri have been on loan with other clubs in recent seasons as it is, but players like Gianluca Caprari and Juan Jesus certainly had their uses- particularly the latter, with reinforcements desperately needed to bolster Inter’s flimsy defence.

Johnathan Biabiany has also departed for Sparta Prague, lessening the pace of the side, but allowing (at least potentially) for Gabigol to make the position on the right flank his own for the future.

4. Strengths

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In full flight, and at peak confidence, Inter can be one of the most potent attacking forces in Italy.

Couple Spalletti’s fondness for tactical versatility, and Mauro Icardi’s ability to score in spite of the quality of football his team is playing, and you have a potential dark horse for next season.

the club’s current talent doesn’t look to be taking a hit either; Manchester United’s pursuit of Ivan Perisic looks weaker by the day, and with Gabriel Barbosa ready to grow, and Stevan Jovetic returning from a brief sojourn in Seville, the ingredients are there to make something of this talented front line. It could be pretty if Spalletti builds around the right players.

5. Weaknesses

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In short, the whole back end of the team, outside of Samir Handanovic.

Aside from the Slovenian keeper, Miranda is probably the only player that could be considered in the ball park of being worthy of Inter’s rich, defensive history, but even then, he’s no Lucio.

There isn’t much point in having a wealth of attacking talent and intent if you’re going to concede every time you have to defend a corner, and with basically all their rivals strengthening in all their positions this summer, Inter desperately need at least one defensive player to provide some semblance of balance to their side.

6. Key Man

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Inter would well and truly be lost at sea without Mauro Icardi.

He may divide the opinions of many, including some of Inter’s own fans, and it still seems weird that he’s officially club captain, but the natural goalscoring ability that the Argentine forward possesses is invaluable considering Inter’s recent struggles. Even in the club’s recent nadir (which is going some, mind) under Roberto Mancini, Icardi still scored consistently.

24 Serie A goals last season was a career best for Icardi, and couple that with a growing amount of assists, as well as an overall goal average of one in two for Inter, and you have a bona fide, modern day talisman.

7. Prediction

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Hiring a man of Spalletti’s undoubted qualities is clearly a step in the right direction, but the former Roma boss is not known for making a back line watertight, and given that their city neighbours just purchased one of the three best defenders in the world, Inter’s defence looks somewhat malnourished – even compared to a similarly attacking side like Napoli.

Juventus, Roma, and Napoli, have long been the three strongest teams in the Serie A, and AC Milan have made the loudest statement of intent in one of Europe’s top leagues since Chelsea in 2004/05 – making it a vicious mosh pit of teams gunning for Champions League football next season.

The best Inter can do is bide their time, scout thoroughly for the future, and put their full backing behind Spalletti, as he attempts yet another attempt at rebuilding the Nerazzuri.

Final Position: 5th

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