Inter's last few campaigns have been painful to remember for the Nerazzurri faithful, but this season has been an entirely different story for them so far.
After 12 Serie A games, Inter currently sit at the top of Serie A with 27 points, a huge improvement compared to the 17 points gained at the same stage of the season.
Roberto Mancini's appointment and some heavy investment during the summer helped the Nerazzurri to get some good results, but do Inter have what it takes to keep winning in Serie A?
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The key factor behind Inter's strong start of the season has been the defence, an area considered to be their weak link last year.
However, new arrivals Jason Murillo, Miranda and Alex Telles, anchored by the likes of Gary Medel, Fredy Guarin and two other new acquisitions Geoffrey Kondogbia and Felipe Melo have formed a formidable wall in front of Samir Handanovic.
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A world class goalkeeper himself, Handanovic has been let down by his defence quite often in recent years. However, with the proper protection, the Slovenian has managed to register an impeccable eight clean sheets since the start of the season.
Looking at the reasons, which explain the Nerazzurri's resurgence, we can't underestimate Mancini's ability to insert character and a winning attitude in his players.
The ex-Manchester City boss has achieved good results in games which last year's Inter would have lost. This led to restoring the confidence of usually inconsistent performers like Melo, Stevan Jovetic and Telles and turning them into focal points of his new side.
Last but not least, the poor start of champions Juventus has given the Old Lady's rivals the belief that the Scudetto is up for grabs this season.
However, the Bianconeri seem to finally be getting their Serie A campaign underway since beating city rivals Torino 2-1 in typically dramatic fashion, a last-gasp goal by Cuadrado sparing their blushes on this occasion.
The derby win was followed by a 3-1 win against Empoli and it seems Massimiliano Allegri's side are finally finding their form, as they registered two Serie A wins in a row for the first time this season.
It's yet to be seen if Inter have the mentality to perform under pressure, as Roma and Napoli are scoring goals for fun and a rejuvenated Juventus are climbing up the table, it will be really hard for Mancini's men to keep hold of the top spot for much longer.
So far, the good displays of Handanovic and the goals of Jovetic have covered the Nerazzurri's lack of creativity and the poor form of last seasons' capocannoniere (top scorer) Mauro Icardi.
However, if they want to fight for the title and to cement a spot in top three, Inter have to start scoring more goals, as good fortune and Handanovic alone will not be able to keep their sheets clean for much longer.
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