Written By Onyeka Daniel
Still basking in the euphoria of their big win over city rivals, AC Milan at the weekend, Inter Milan will look to keep their momentum when they face Spanish LaLiga side, Real Sociedad in the UCL 9n Wednesday with a view of making it out of the group that also has RB Salzburg and Benfica.
The emphatic win means that more people are starting to acknowledge that the Nerazzurri are a force to reckon with in European football, as Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola recently confessed that Inter will go far in the UCL and has what it takes to win it.
Italian journalist Paolo Condo also believes that Inter Milan are the favourites for the Serie A title, while also suggesting that the Nerazzurri have reason to be ambitious about another run deep into the Champions League.
They are still only four matches into their season and of course, It’s still early, but Condo believes that Inter will be capable of having a special season. Cond writes that “Five years have passed since the last time an Italian team started the Champions League thinking they could win it.”
“That was Juve when they first signed Cristiano Ronaldo.” “On Wednesday we’ll see whether [Inter] can once again go all the way,” Condo can go all the way. “It’s useless to hide that that is their ambition.” What can already be said in mid-September is that an Inter who look like this can already be considered favourites for the Scudetto,” the journalist argues.
“On Saturday, Inter won the fifth consecutive derby – a massive amount – with few changes in the script. They blew them away earlier, and then saw out the match with shrewd management.” “This time around they added a final flourish with fresh, and devastating flouish,” Condo notes.
“Carlos Augusto and Davide Frattesi helped the team nip the Milan comeback in the bud, by adding even more goals.” “Inter look stacked, that’s the first thing we know this season,” Condo writes. “And we haven’t seen players like Pavard, Klaassen, and Sanchez yet.” He further added.
For Inter manager, there are several changes he could ring to the starting lineup to rotate the squad. Simone Inzaghi is likely to decide on the starting eleven for Wednesday’s Champions League game after training tomorrow, according to a report from Italy, but some changes are expected too.
The coach allowed his squad a day to rest and relax following the derby win, and the team are already going full speed ahead again today in training. In just a couple of days, Inter will be in action again against Real Sociedad.
The Nerazzurri will travel to San Sebastian tomorrow ahead of their match against La Real, and they are beginning their Champions League campaign, having reached the final of last season’s edition of the competition.
Today’s training session saw the team start preparing for Wednesday’s match against La Real. However, Inzaghi has not yet made any firm decisions regarding the starting eleven. The sense is that the coach will likely make some changes to the team.
The time is upon Inter to start rotating their squad, with the team essentially playing twice per week for the foreseeable future. However, Inzaghi will hardly want to chop and change his team too much. The likes of Benjamin Pavard, Davide Frattesi and Marko Arnautovic could get a rare start in this game.
Yesterday, Inter unveiled their new third kit for this season. It came as something of a surprise, with an event as part of Milan Fashion Week. US-based multinational apparel company Nike designed the kit, as with the Nerazzurri’s home and away kits. Inter recently extended their partnership with Nike until the end of June 2031.
Nike have been supplying Inter’s matchday kits since the start of the 1998-99 season. And after 25 years, the company’s designs have become synonymous with the visual identity of the Nerazzurri. This time around, the first kit is relatively traditional.
Whilst there are some yellow accents to the home shirt, it is largely the classic black and blue vertical stripes. Meanwhile, the second kit is the white shirt with a black and blue diagonal stripe. The Nerazzurri have unveiled the last of their three kits for the current campaign. The design for the shirt is almost entirely solid orange.
Then there is a bit of light blue trim. Along with the Paramount+ main shirt sponsor and eBay sleeve sponsor, the shirt will have Inter’s new back shirt sponsor, footwear company U-Power.
The Nerazzurri debuted U-Power’s logo on their shirts during the Milan derby against AC Milan over the weekend. The Nerazzurri will already wear the kit in tomorrow’s match away to Real Sociedad, according to reports.
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