Inter Milan: Five steps to become title contenders
Serie A opinion: After enduring a dreadful campaign, Inter Milan can become title contenders once again if they follow these five steps
After Juventus’ rise from the ashes, it looks like Inter are finally heading in the right direction for their own revival after the appointment of Walter Mazzari.
But if the Nerazzurri do these five things, they could even become title contenders:
5. Keep Antonio Cassano
FantAntonio is one of the most naturally gifted players in the world, even though he has struggled to recreate the displays he made when he led Sampdoria to fourth place in 2010/11.
Mazzari was the man in charge of Sampdoria when Cassano was making his name, and since he bought him back to global recognition once, he can certainly do it again. Inter need a good attacking midfielder, and in the form of Cassano, they have one of the best.
4. Give Mateo Kovacic greater responsibility
Kovavcic came to Inter in January as a highly-rated youngster in Croatia, and nobody quite expected what would come next.
He is now simply the best teenage midfielder in the world and has a style similar to that of the great Luis Figo, who was so successful in his own time at Inter.
With a great passing range, and also tricky and skilful enough to leave a trail of defenders behind him, he has the whole package and is destined for superstardom.
3. Buy two new centre-backs
Since the treble-winning year of 2009/10, Inter have struggled defensively after losing Lucio and the deterioration of Walter Samuel. They bought in Andrea Ranocchia and Matias Silvestre, who have both greatly failed to meet expectations.
Rancocchia has played a few good matches in his Inter career, but has simply been one of the worst defenders in Serie A this season. While Silvestre was one of the better defenders in Italy with Catania, he has failed to make the step up to playing for a big club.
Valencia’s Adil Rami and Napoli’s Hugo Campagnaro should fit the bill, as they have both proven themselves at the highest level.
2. Revert to a 4-2-3-1 formation
4-2-3-1 is a Walter Mazzari favourite, and if he brings it with him, Inter could be in the Champions League again sooner than expected.
With the signing of Napoli’s Gokhan Inler seeming likely, they will have one of the best deep lying playmakers in the world, and if they partner him with Kovacic, while playing Antonio Cassano, Fredy Guarin and Ricky Alvarez in front, Inter will have one of the most formidable set-ups in the world.
1. Sign a top striker
It is no secret that the serious injury to Diego Milito seriously halted Inter’s early season revival, but a top team should have good back up, and Rodrigo Palacio would be more suited to a club chasing Europa League, and not Serie A domination.
With Roberto Soldado and Samuel Eto’o rumours circulating, Inter could have their man in one of the two, though Soldado would be the better option as he would be a more stable, long-term fixture in the line-up, while Eto’o is ageing and may only have a year or two left.
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