Written By Onyeka Daniel
From the beginning of this year, Inter Milan have been in a fine form that saw them get into the final of the UCL where they lost to Manchester City and they’ve taken that form into the new season. Consequently, they are now very close to overtaking Manchester United in the UEFA Rankings following their Champions League win over Benfica.
The Nerazzurri secured their first win in the competition this season by beating the Portuguese side with Marcus Thuram scored the only goal. On the contrary, Manchester United suffered their second defeat of the European campaign, this time at the hands of Mauro Icardi’s Galatasaray.
Former Inter goalkeeper Andre Onana endured another forgettable night, as his team succumbed to a 2-3 defeat at Old Trafford. According to Calcio E Finanzia, the Nerazzurri now have 88 points in the UEFA Rankings.
They are only a single point behind the Red Devils who occupy the 7th place. As the source explains, these coefficients will play a more significant role starting this season, and for several reasons. First of all, the new Champions League format will see the highest ranked clubs placed in Pot 1 rather than domestic league champions.
Thus, Inter’s current position would land them a spot in Pot 1 in the next edition’s group stage draw. Moreover, the two associations with the highest coefficients will earn an additional spot in next season’s Champions League group stage.
So if Inter and the other Italian clubs deliver the goods this season, we could well see five Serie A sides in the competition next season. Finally, a solid run in the competition could gain the Nerazzurri access to the new Club World Cup format.
They could receive a major boost in the midfield ahead of their next game against Bologna, with Davide Frattesi and Stefano Sensi pushing for a return. According to a report, the two midfielders worked separately today.
However, they have been increasing the intensity of their training. Therefore, the source believes the Italian duo could join their teammates in group training tomorrow. If so, Inter coach Simone Inzaghi will make the final decision ahead of Saturday’s clash.
He would decide whether to call the players or delay their return for the Torino fixture which will ensue following the October international break. Frattesi sustained an injury last week during the defeat against his former club Sassuolo.
He suffered a slight strain that ruled him out of the weekend trip to Salerno and Tuesday’s Champions League clash against Benfica. Luckily for the Nerazzurri, they won both matches despite the player’s absence. Frattesi has thus far made two goal contributions since joining the club in the summer.
He scored a goal in the Derby della Madonnina and provided the assist for Lautaro Martinez’s equalizer against Real Sociedad in the Champions League. As for Sensi, he’s once again dealing with recurring injury problems. These setbacks have limited his contribution in the first stretch of the season to a single appearance.
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