Just over a week and three key games that could virtually close the games. Inter plunges back into the championship with their foot on the accelerator to avoid unnecessary risks in the direct clashes at the end of the year. And the cards in order to do so are all there
Where did we stay? Magic wand: via Covid, via the stop and via the national teams. Inter starts again from eight, eight consecutive victories, Lautaro’s header against Turin that was worth a blow to the ambitions of their rivals. Is it possible to suddenly cancel three weeks of emptiness? Antonio Conte works for this. He told the players, fixed thought and clear reasoning that accompanies Inter in the resumption of the championship. The championship plan is … not having a plan. It is to accelerate immediately so as not to have problems later, that is the away matches in Naples and Turin with Juventus, in addition to the home match with Roma.
Three wins in nine days. It is not a film, it is a race at a thousand per hour towards the goal. With two subtitles: keeping the advantage over Juventus at least unchanged but above all regaining the three points over Milan to bring it back to plus nine. Inter opens a key week tomorrow for the Scudetto sprint. Nine days, to be exact: Bologna, Sassuolo and Cagliari, medium-low difficulty coefficients at least judging from the technical aspect. For heaven’s sake, don’t tell Conte: pitfalls are everywhere. But nine points in nine days could really be the tombstone of others’ comeback ambitions.
It would be the best way, after all, to approach the trip to Naples on April 18, obviously a complicated game also due to the high motivations of the opponents. It is useless then to turn around the crux of the problem, however. At the penultimate the calendar proposes Juventus in Turin. And it would be one thing to reach that challenge with the Scudetto already in your pocket, another would be to play the title chances right in front of the Bianconeri, with Conte on the bench, Marotta in the stands and a nine-year dominance to be interrupted.
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Conte has reached a conviction about his Inter. It is a team that cannot take the risk of managing. On the contrary: the Nerazzurri started flying when, with their heads down, after the elimination from the Champions League, they threw themselves on the only important goal left available. So it will have to happen from here on out. Conte has the ball in his hand, with six points ahead and one more game to play than Milan. But his schedule only foresees accelerations: history says it, his teams, from Juventus onwards, have always increased the engine revolutions in the last two months. Conte has three cards to play, to better take care of the sprint. The first, the reasons: the coach spoke clearly to the players. He said the time has come to reap the rewards of two years’ work. Nothing has been done yet, so far. But within a group that generally won little, according to the palmares of the various players, the desire to cross the finish line must be greater than inexperience. Second card: physical form. Conte’s teams physically always close in crescendo. The most recent example is Inter last season, brilliantly finished at the bottom of the Europa League. Third wild card: turnover. The technician, Covid aside, has an almost complete squad at his disposal. Soon (between Sassuolo and Cagliari) he will also have Vidal back. And the national team also gave him back a Sensi like it never had, this season. The rotation will be fundamental: from now on Inter will play three midweek matches, it is mandatory to use the entire squad. But compared to the beginning of the season, now everyone knows and has shown that they can be useful. The air is good in Appiano. Soon, president Steven Zhang will come to enjoy it too: Inter is in a hurry to set the table for the holidays.
April 2 – 08:04
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