Internazionale currently sit fifth in the Serie A table and, just four years after their glorious five-trophy haul under Jose Mourinho, many are condemning to a period of being underdogs. But here are several reasons showing that Inter Milan could just be whirring into a new era of superiority.
Firstly, Inter have a truly wonderful squad that could potentially be made perfect with some wise spending in the summer.
They have a superb Goalkeeper in Samir Handanovic and Manchester United's Nemanja Vidic will bring vital experience to the Inter defence when he signs for them in the summer transfer window.
Hugo Campagnaro is also a rock in defence, while the seemingly ageless Javier Zanetti, dynamic Brazilian Jonathan and Asian Footballer of the Year Yuto Nagatomo are all class acts.
Admittedly something does need to change in the midfield, though. Inter are a team built on passing football and they lack a bit of quality. However they are relatively well-furbished; January signing Hernanes has been absolutely superb, Fredy Guarin has been excellent, Ricky Alvarez - although inconsistent - is clearly highly talented and occasionally Esteban Cambiasso shows us that class is permanent.
A couple of attacking gems and one holding midfield player would be just the ticket. Nani, who seems destined to leave Manchester United after two hopeless seasons would be a good buy, while defensive midfielders such as Porto's Fernando and possibly Southampton's Morgan Schneiderlin would also be good ideas.
Up front, Inter are effective but vulnerable. With Diego Milito injured, they are relying entirely on Rodrigo Palacio, who may be a world-class forward but cannot do it all himself. Inter have been linked with strikers including Edin Dzeko, Mario Mandzukic and Javier Hernandez and signing one of them would be an absolutely superb move.
But what really needs to change in Inter's team is the football quality and philosophy. Often Inter shoot themselves in the foot by trying to play overcomplicated, over-intricate Barcelona-esque football, which is not a good principle.
Inter can play like that sometimes, but it is best for them to consolidate. They should stick to relatively complex passing football, but be realistic. The basic philosophy of pass and move combination play does work but they must have other ideas, such as through balls from quality passers such as Hernanes and Guarin.
Overlapping runs and crosses from speedy wing-backs Jonathan and Nagatomo have been proven to have great effect and occasional swapping of positions has potential. Palacio is a very capable creator and build-up man as well as a natural-born finisher, while Hernanes and Guarin score occasional screamers.
So Inter must spend well and reconsider their philosophy. Although these sound like small steps, if they can do these to absolute full effect then Juventus, Roma and Napoli could struggle to match them.
A Scudetto in 2014/15 is not out of the question by any means and once a title is won, reputation is established and an age of success could be just around the corner.
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