For the second week the Nerazzurri will enjoy top spot in Serie A as they look to topple Juventus’ from the perch of Italian football.
Inter Milan were held to a goalless draw by AS Roma at the San Siro. It was their first match under Antonio Conte where they had failed to trouble the scorers.
This gave Juventus the chance to take back Serie A leadership. All they had to do was secure the points in Rome against the inform Lazio.
But the Biancocelesti under Simeone Inzaghi are no push overs. They hit three back after the visitors took the lead through Cristiano Ronaldo. It seems no one wants Juventus to win another title and Lazio surely did their part at Stadio Olimpico.
At the start of the season, no one would have wondered Inter Milan at the top of Serie A points table. They were not supposed to have Antonio Conte in their dressing room. He was supposed to be leading Roma. Totti had convinced him.
Back office troubles would alert Conte. He did not want a repeat of his troubles at Chelsea. To win the Serie A title, he can manage a dressing room revolt but required the hierarchy’s full support. Inter came calling and the rest is history.
Paulo Fonseca has done an admirable job in Rome, but he has not had the same impact as Conte on Serie A. The nine point gap between the two Italian giants alludes to it.
Stability at San Siro
Inter enjoying pole position needs no explanation. There is a small squad that is giving their all on the pitch. From some squad members it will be their last hurrah. They are heading into their twilight years without domestic silverware to show for. Hence, the increased motivation.
For the youngsters enjoying minutes for Inter this season, they have a point to prove. They had seen Juventus setup their monopoly on the domestic Italian crown. They want their share of silverware and are ready to fight for it.
Put Conte into this mix and you have a winning combination. The man who established Juventus’ dynasty in Italian top flight competition after struggling with mediocrity is ready for his second coming.
And he did not take an easy task to begin with. Ever since Jose Mourinho’s departure, 11 managers had come and gone. The drought for silverware continues after the treble.
Despite their resumes, no one made an impression and went on their ways without anything to show for.
Revival under Conte
His efforts on the sidelines become more impressive when long term injuries to the already small squad are considered.
Antonio Conte would have included Alexis Sanchez in the roll call against Roma but the summer signing is on the treatment table for the last three months. The Italian would have liked to have a couple of the 28 players on loan at his disposal.
Inter need to match Conte’s ambition. With January transfer window coming up, the Italian has drawn a short list of players he wants. It will be great to have those wishes complied. The strength in numbers will come in handy by the end of season.