Written By Jacobs Dunga
The Nerazzurri won the Scudetto for the first time in ten years back in 2021 and with the killer duo now back together, Inter could already be promised another title.
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Inter Milan are currently in preseason training getting ready for the new season as they bid to reclaim their lost title from neighbours AC Milan.
The Nerazzurri after winning the 2020/2021 title, lost Antonio Conte, Achraf Hakimi and Romelu Lukaku all of whom were one way or the other three of the most important elements in the title winning season.
Simone Inzaghi, Denzel Dumfries and Edin Dzeko were all brought in as direct replacements for the trio but Inter couldn’t defend their title as little details caused them to concede the Scudetto to Milan by two points. The blue and black half of Milan however still outscored every other team in the division with 84 goals scored, ending the season with a positive goals difference of +52 after having conceded just 32 times.
Denzel Dumfries scored five times in 33 league appearances. Two short of the seven Hakimi scored in the title winning campaign albeit the Moroccan playing four games more. Simone Inzaghi also improved the team systematically with a more attractive approach which saw them dominate more in most of the games but with less grit compared to the title winning season.
Inzaghi ended the season with two trophies despite losing the league title and also progressed through the group states of the Champions League for the first time in four seasons, a feat that was insurmountable under Antonio Conte.
Hakan Calhanoglu also contributed seven goals to the course, four more than Christian Eriksen who had to leave the club due to health issues relating to the FIGC’s restrictions.
Lautaro Martinez improved greatly from his 17 goals during the title winning season to 21 last season despite playing three games less but it was Dzeko’s inability to reach or better Lukaku’s numbers of previous season that ultimately cost Inter the Title.
Romelu Lukaku scored 24 times in 36 appearances to help Inter clinch the coveted title in 2020/2021 but the Bosnian was unable to match that feat as he was only able to notch 13 goals over the same number of games. The 6.4ft striker could be excused for his age but it should be considered that he played for the most efficiently set up attack in the league and had had six years of experience playing in the league.
Conversely, Romelu Lukaku scored 23 times in the same number of games during his first season at San Siro having arrived from Manchester United and playing in his first ever season in the Serie A.
Dzeko’s inefficiency in front of goal could have been the major reason Inter lost the Scudetto as they scored four goals less altogether than they did when they lifted the title under Antonio Conte in 2020/2021. Lukaku’s presence could have plausibly been the propeller for Inter’s successful title defence that didn’t happen.
After just under a year away, Romelu Lukaku is back at San Siro after a failed sojourn to Chelsea where he failed to replicate the same form that made the club break their transfer record for him. The Belgian engineered his own return back to Italy and is now ready to reignite again.
The good thing for Inter Milan is that Lautaro Martinez has been kept away from the reach of suitors with both players now set to unleash yet again. So much acclaim has been given to the attacking duo with the understanding between them evident in all shades. Dzeko is now set to be reduced to a bit part role for Lukaku to reunite with his indispensable partner in Lautaro Martinez.
The Beneamata have everything ticking in their favour as the Lu-La combination if statistics are anything to go by will surely return with at least 50 goals between them in the coming season.
This is because both players have never failed to better their previous season in front goal when wearing the blue and black of the Nerazzurri. Lautaro scored 6 goals in his debut season before going on to score 14 in his second while scoring 17 and 21 in his third and fourth respectively. 29 year old Lukaku scored 23 in his first season before notching 24 the next campaign after which he left for Chelsea.
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Simone Inzaghi could possibly be going into the the season with 50 goals in the kitty from his starting forwards and with the likes of Calhanoglu, Barella, Dzeko, and Correa guaranteed of at least five goals each, 70 goals guaranteed even before a ball is kicked should anything but mean another Scudetto winning campaign is in sight.
With Inter out to reclaim their title despite financial and economical constraints, the importance of the Lu-La combo cannot be overemphasized.
Perisic may have left the Nerazzurri for a reunion with Antonio Conte in England with Tottenham Hotspur but the return of Lukaku to partner Lautaro upfront is a gigantic leap for the serpents of Madonnina.
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