‘Crazy Inter’ are back but Simone Inzaghi has them on an upward swing

smallimone Inzaghi was never afraid of a lunatic asylum.his ex was internationalityAntonio Conte ends club with ”Inter Milan” – Crazy Inter – insist they should be “normal and strong”. That goal was achieved when they entered the 2020-21 Serie A season. Once they took the top spot, they never let go: 11 clean sheets in their last 21 games, ensuring their opponents were never sniffed.

It was a different story last season, when Inzaghi’s Inter led in December, only to stumble in the winter, finishing second behind Milan.A reporter asked if Pazar The days are back. “If madness means reaching the last 16 of the Champions League and the Coppa Italia final,” Inzaghi replied, “then I hope I always will.”

He is right to be proud of such an achievement. Inzaghi is the first manager in a decade to lead Inter to the knockout stages of Europe’s top clubs and will also lead Inter to victory in the Coppa Italia final. Not bad, because sales of Romelu Lukaku and Ashraf Hakimi have crippled the squad after Conte’s departure.

The Belgian striker’s return this summer has sparked hopes of a new title challenge. Despite Ivan Perisic and Alexis Sanchez leaving on free transfers, Inter Milan have kept the core of the first team. Inzaghi felt deeply at the back, persuading the board not only to reject big offers for Milan Skriniar, Alessandro Bastoni and Denzel Dumfries, but also from his former East. Lazio loan Francesco Acerbi.

With Henrikh Mkhitaryan and promising 20-year-old Empoli midfielder Christian Aslani adding further depth on the pitch, it feels like this team should be stronger. That was before Lukaku scored in his first game and provided an assist in his second, after a hamstring injury had ruled him out for the better part of two months.

Inter Milan lost away to Lazio, Milan and Udinese, and at home to Roma. They kicked off their European journey with a 2-0 win over Bayern Munich at the San Siro, more forcefully than the scoreline might suggest.

Sometimes Inter looked toothless. Lautaro Martinez, who has been sidelined by Lukaku, has suffered a crisis of confidence, failing to score in eight straight games. Edin Dzeko offers some successful interventions, but at 36, it can’t be done every week.

There are bigger problems later. Defensive Inzaghi has been desperate to protect 14 goals conceded in his opening 10 league games. Lazio, Milan, Udinese and Barcelona each scored three goals against them. Fiorentina did the same on Saturday.

After a quarter of an hour in Fiorentina, everything seemed so simple at Inter.This Nerazzurri In the 2nd minute, Barrera took the lead and Lautaro made it 2-0. But they got their opponents back when Federico Dimarco smashed his nails into Giacomo Bonaventura’s knee when Fiorentina players attacked in the cross .

Nicolo Barrera fell on the field as Inter opened the scoring against Fiorentina. Photo: Massimo Paolone/AP

It was a shocking challenge – late, high and dangerous – missed in real time by the referee but picked up by VAR. Paolo Valeri awarded a penalty after watching the replay but inexplicably chose not to book DiMarco, who should have been sent a straight red card.

Arthur Cabral converted his penalty to bring Fiorentina back into the game. They equalised in the second half, with a superb goal from Jonathan Ikoné, who caught up to Acerbi’s heels as he sliced ​​in from the left and fired into the distance top corner.

Inter bounced back and Lautaro won before scoring a penalty of his own. Still, they failed to finish the game. In the last few seconds of regular time, Milenkovic scored with a corner kick and Lukajovic scored with a volley, 3-3.

This viola Celebrate his equaliser as if it were a winner. They have had a disappointing start to the season, struggling to score and struggling in the bottom half of the table. Holding on and getting results after DiMarco’s injustice of not being fired feels like a potential turning point.

However, the game is not over yet. In the 4th minute of stoppage time, Inter Milan moved forward again, Dzeko sent the ball to Barrera, and Barrera’s square ball was replaced by Mkhitaryan to defender Lorenzo Venuti. His clearance hit the Armenian and bounced into the net to give Inter a 4-3 win.

Crazy Inter? You could say they are just a very lucky Inter here. Aside from the Di Marco incident, Fiorentina believe the ultimate goal should be ruled out, as there was some borderline contact with Dzeko during the build-up. Home team coach Vincenzo Italo called it an undeserved defeat within his full-time rights.

Inzaghi can stay positive for his team.It was Inter’s fourth win in five matches in all competitions, with the lone exception of Barcelona draw 3-3If Aslani showed the same level of composure as Barrera and passed for Mkhitaryan at almost the same second-half stoppage time, they could have won that game too.

Just like last season, Inter seem to be able to draw strength from their European record. They arrived at home against Barcelona earlier this month with low expectations after successive league defeats, but a 1-0 victory that day changed the club’s mood. Lautaro broke his drought in the return game at Camp Nou and has since scored three more goals.

It’s not the first time the Argentine has endured such a cold war at Inter in five years, and during a similar period last season he admitted he would go to bed “thinking about it every night”. The contrast between his game-changing best and worst is a conundrum for any manager.Lautaro is the only player Serie A He has scored three goals in each of his left and right boots this season.

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Juventus 4-0 Empoli, Salernitana 1-0 Spezia, Milan 4-1 Monza, Fiorentina 3-4 Inter Milan, Udinese 1-2 Turin, Bologna 2- 0 Lecce, Atalanta 0-2 Lazio, Roma 0-1 Naples

on Monday: Cremonese v Sampdoria, Sassuolo v Hellas Verona

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Inzaghi was delighted to have Lukaku back on Wednesday to share the scoring burden, but there is no such quick fix for Inter’s backline. He has replaced Samir Handanovic with Andre Onana, the Cameroonian who has started in the last five games. Despite Inter’s good results during this period, they still conceded seven goals.

It feels as impossible as ever to know if Inter are turning a corner or simply falling into another corkscrew while riding a roller coaster. This team has enough talent to beat just about anyone, with Marcelo Brozovic expected to bounce back from injury soon and Barrera in irrepressible form. However, it feels like there is enough self-destructiveness to lose any game.

Inzaghi is not as eager to rewrite the club’s DNA as Conte. He happily embraced madness last season, but now he has to use it to his own ends.

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