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Can Inter maintain its momentum for the entire season?

Saturday 21st October 2017
Inter Milan has surprised Serie A, this season. Luciano Spalletti's men have a real shot at being title contenders in May. Can they keep the ball rolling?

A few things are going Inter's way if we want to analyse their season. Here's a look at the positive aspects from Internazionale's first eight matches in the Serie A 2017-18.

Solid signings

Inter moved through the summer transfer market like a pickpocket in a crowded mall. They dropped several veterans, replacing them with younger, cheaper, more talented players.

For instance, Jeison Murillo left on a season-long deal to Valencia while Milan Skriniar arrived from Sampdoria. Skriniar is yet to reach his ceiling but he's already established himself. Now a regular at the back, he partners Joao Miranda. The Brazilian brings the experience; Skriniar the athleticism.
In midfield. Geoffrey Kondogbia grabbed headlines for an impressive preseason own goal. He followed Murillo to Valencia. Inter replaced the French midfielder with two former Fiorentina players: Matias Vecino and Borja Valero. The latter is among Europe's most consistent midfielders. The former is loaded with potential. Added bonus, the pair has already developed a chemistry. Vecino, a Uruguayan international, needs to develop further. That said, he as the ingredients to rank among Serie A's best central midfielders sooner rather than later.

European exile

One could argue no European football might affect the team's motivation. Instead, it has helped. Juventus, Napoli, and Roma have Champions League obligations. Milan, Atalanta, and Lazio must cope with Europa League Thursdays. Inter fans may be jealous but the team can focus solely on league play, routinely playing Spalletti's best XI while their most dangerous opponents are forced to rotate.

Mauro Icardi

Inter has several attacking options. Antonio Candreva, Joao Mario, Ivan Perisic, Marcelo Brozovic. When selecting an attacking trio to line up behind his striker, Spalletti is spoiled for choice. Still, the Nerazzurri tend to go as Mauro Icardi goes.

Which is pretty well, thanks for asking. The Argentina international has begun the season on a positive note. Nine goals in his first eight Serie A appearances put him in the Italian section of Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku's neighbourhood.
Icardi is coming off an impressive hat-trick against AC Milan in the Derby Della Madonnina. It seems he is in career form at the moment. He can't afford to let up, however. The 24-year-old needs to maintain this pace for Inter to nail down a Champions League berth for next season, never mind contending with Napoli and Juventus for the Scudetto.

The catch

Truth be told, there aren't many negative aspects to this Inter squad. It has depth in the key positions, although the bench is not as strong as the starting XI. Yet, whose is?

If Inter can stay healthy throughout the year, if their best players maintain their top form, there is no question Inter can mount a serious title challenge. Spalletti has the tactical nous and talent to make it happen. He can deliver Inter back to the place Nerazzurri faithful believe they've always deserved: the top.
Juan Pablo Aravena

29-year-old sports analyst and journalist with over three years of experience in the industry. Writes about all kinds of sports from football to golf, but there is no question his biggest passion in life is football. Manchester United, Borussia Dortmund and Colo Colo fan.

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