Inter Milan have fallen steeply after Jose Mourinho won the treble with them in 2010.
The Portuguese mastermind had players like Julio Cesar, Javier Zanetti and Esteban Cambiasso in his ranks. Soldiers of football who were willing to do anything to win, they were the core of an Internazionale side that was brilliant defensively and devastating on the counter attack.
They were deep at the striker position and Wesley Sneijder made sure all of the forwards got plenty of quality service, which allowed players like Diego Milito to hit top form in Europe.
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Entering the 2015-16 Serie A campaign, they have Stevan Jovetic and Mauro Icardi as their main forwards, and are coming off an eighth place finish in the league.
There was clearly a need for investment in the team and chairman Eric Thohir did just that.
Spending Big, Receiving Big
The first addition was midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia, who joined from AS Monaco in a £25.6 million pound deal - as reported by the Daily Express.
The French international was followed up by left midfielder Ivan Perisic, center back Jeison Murillo and defensive midfielder Felipe Melo.
Loan signings of full backs Alex Telles and Martin Montoya look like great short-term additions. Inter brought Stevan Jovetic back to Italy on a loan spell, along with Adem Ljajic and Joao Miranda each for a year.
There was necessity for midfield strength as well as additions at the back, and Internazionale shored up in key places. A total of sixty million pounds spent in the summer was a big step in the right direction for Inter.
Though there were key additions, financial fair play made it necessary to offload some of their key players.
Mateo Kovacic left for the Real Madrid bench, and Xherdan Shaqiri decided to do it every week on a cold night in Stoke. Hernanes also left Milan for Juventus.
The ironic part about this transfer window for Inter is that while they strengthened in key places, they lost the pieces they were building around.
Kovacic and Hernanes were key playmakers in the Inter side last year, and the void left by their departures cannot be filled by any of the other midfielders at the club.
Shaqiri, though not fully adjusted to Serie A, is a brilliant player. He showed why he is in such high demand with his performances in the 2014 World Cup, and his position will also need to be filled once again.
Mancini could be sticking with the 4-3-1-2 he has in place so far, using Jovetic and Icardi as his key attacking threats.
A midfield three of Medel, Kondogbia and Guarin could be seen frequently in the Serie A, but the 1 in the 4-3-1-2 is a concern for Mancini.
Marcelo Brozovic has played there in Inter's first two games, but the Croatian looks like an incorrect fit for Mancini's tactic.
Perhaps a 4-4-2 makes more sense, with Perisic and Telles on the left flank and Montoya and Guarin on the right. That may work better, though Guarin is not a natural right midfielder and may be unhappy with such a position.
If Perisic can play centrally, that would be perfect for Internazionale. The Croatian is talented with both feet and thus could be slotted into that attacking midfield role.
What remains to be seen is whether all the new signings can gel together and put Internazionale into the European places. If not, it could be another few stagnant years for the Milanese club.
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