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Are Inter Milan the dark horses to take Juventus' crown?

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2010 was without the question the finest year in the illustrious and trophy-laden history of Inter Milan. They became the first Italian club to secure a treble, a feat which stands alone in terms of footballing success due to the quality and team spirit required to achieve such a prestigious accolade.

The years following this success, however, will not be remembered anywhere near as fondly, if anything they will be cast into the dungeons of the clubs history as some of the worst years.

Last season was the cherry on top of this shall we call it unsuccessful cake as the club were unable to secure any form of European football as they wallowed in 8th position in the table and produced sub-standard football week-in-week-out.

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Mauro Icardi was arguably the only bright spark last season as the Argentinian striker's goals arguably saved Inter from finishing in the bottom half of the table. Inter managed to tie their Argentine striker down to a five-year contract to ward off interest from the rest of Europe's elite who were reported to be sniffing around.

However, after a summer of impressive transfer business and a perfect start to the season things are starting to look more positive for the blue half of Milan and they could be set to challenge Juventus for the first time in years.

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Impressive signings look to have settled quickly

A huge summer squad overhaul was essential on order to galvanise what was an ageing squad that lacked the quality to perform to the standard the fans and clubs hierarchy were crying out for.

The club acted accordingly and brought in a whole host of fresh faces who appear to have slotted effortlessly in the setup and have improved those who survived the summer exodus.

Matteo Kovacic and Hernanes who departed for Real Madrid and arch rivals Juventus respectively were the only players of significant worth to leave the club, but the team seem to be operating just as effectively without the midfielders.

Geoffery Kondogbia who arrived from Monaco has come in and given the Inter midfield the steel it needed whilst also providing an offensive threat with his energy and supreme physical prowess. Alongside other new signing Felipe Melo from Galatasaray, Inter now have a midfield which will scare opposition attacks and protect a back four which came under huge scrutiny last season.

Luckily the defence has also been strengthened as well with Marco Montoya, Alex Telles, Jeison Murillo and Miranda all coming in to plug the holes in what was a leaky Inter defence and so far they have performed to a high standard.

Further forward the additions of both Ivan Perisic and Stefan Jovetic have added a new dimension to an attack which was heavily reliant of Icardi. Perisic's direct style of play was something Inter were crying out for and his versatility will pay dividends throughout the season.

Jovetic has started his Inter career impressively and it seems he is a player tailor-made for Italian football rather than wasting away on the bench in Manchester and Inter fans will be hoping he can reignite his partnership with other new signing Adem Ljajic.

The two were a formidable duo at Fiorentina, the onus will be on them to try and find the spark once again that made them two of the most feared players in the division.

It all looks rather promising

With Fredy Guarin taking the captain's armband and scoring a fantastic winner in the Milan derby, a game which Inter were arguably inferior, shows that things are looking promising and Guarin himself seems to be thriving in his leadership role. Last season this was a game Inter would have lost but the attitude at the club seems to have altered for the better.

Elsewhere Juan Jesus, Gary Medel and Samir Handanovic have made themselves into crucial components in a team which is improving with every game.

They are the only team in Serie A with a 100% record thus far and with a trip to Chievo Verona on Sunday you would like to think that they can carry on their impressive start.

It may be early days, but things are looking rather more positive in the San Siro for a change, well for the blue half anyway.

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