Written By Onyeka Daniel
This summer, Inter Milan have made some huge additions to their squad to make up for the players that left, signing as much as 12 players to strengthen the team as they look to mount a challenge for the Serie A title this season. The trio of Marcus Thuram, Davide Frattesi and Benjamin Pavard can be said to be the pick of their transfer activities.
For Thuram, he was brought in to replace Romelu Lukaku and according to a former Inter Milan player, the two (Lukaku and Thuram) possess different characteristics, this is according to legendary Germany star Lothar Matthaus.
The 62-year-old is a former Nerazzurri player, he was with the club between 1988 and 1992. During that period, he famously lifted the 1990 World Cup in Rome at the expense of Diego Maradona’s Argentina. The german hero praises Inter for their summer transfer dealings. However, he warns them against asking Thuram to emulate Lukaku’s playing style.
“With fewer mistakes in front of goal, the Champions League trophy would have been in Milano now,” Matthaus said in a recent interview while analyzing the final of last season’s UCL. “Now there is a whole new team. Fresh, young and unpredictable. Inter can replicate the same results, although it won’t be easy.
“At Mönchengladbach, Thuram had often found the goal. You’ve already seen him, he has everything: Physique and technique at speed, and is ready to explode in a top team. “But in my opinion, he’s not a traditional Number 9. Compared to him, Lautaro or Arnautovic are more natural centre-forwards.
“Marcus likes to exploit the spaces on the flanks. So don’t ask him to emulate Lukaku’s role inside the penalty box.” Speaking of Lukaku, Matthaus says he wasn’t surprised by the whole transfer saga. The 30-year-old was looking to join Juventus but eventually ended up at AS Roma.
“In football, nothing surprises me. For me, Lukaku was and remains one of the best strikers in the world. I think he would have done well at Bayern too. “Inzaghi had a different vision and always put him on the bench. The club, however, has made precise choices, following the coach’s philosophy and thinking about the future, which is why it is useless to dwell on the past.”
He also offered some insight into Inter’s new goalkeeper Yann Sommer, while also revealing why Benjamin Pavard was eager to leave German champions, Bayern Munich. “Sommer won’t be among the best goalkeepers in the world. But you can still count on him.
“On the pitch, he’s always focused. In the locker room, he’s silent and calm. Let’s just say he’s different compared to Walter Zenga who was there during my time at Inter. “Former Bayern managers Salihamidzic and Kahn had promised Pavard that they would let him go in the summer. “But then everything changed at the club even the coach. So they wanted to keep him at Bayern.
“Yet, Benji convinced them to let him go. I know him well, he is a super professional player. “At Bayern, he was in a superior team, but he no longer wanted to play at fullback. He feels like a natural centre-back and Inter had made a great impression on him.” He further added.
Inter Milan and Simone Inzaghi will be counting on all of their new signings as they aim to add that second star to their badge, starting with the Milan derby next weekend after the international break is over. After which they will also be playing the group stage of the UCL, looking to at least emulate their final appearance from last season where they lost to Manchester City in Turkey.
France coach Didier Deschamps had some words of praise for Inter Milan striker Marcus Thuram following the win over the Republic of Ireland. Real Madrid midfielder, Aurelien Tchouameni had opened the scoring in the first half before Thuram scored the second goal in the second half. He was a 26th minute substitute for Olivier Giroud.
The 25-year-old finally broke his duck for the national team, doubling France’s lead in the 48th minute. The former Borussia Monchengladbach star pounced on a loose ball inside the box to send a powerful shot past the hapless Irish goalkeeper.
After the game, Deschamps praised Thuram who offers him additional options. He also revealed that the Inter striker was disappointed with himself for his missed chances. “It’s normal for our attackers to be the ones who grab the goals,” said the French coach in his post-match press conference.
“Marcus came in and scored rather swiftly. He was also angry with himself because he could have grabbed a few more. “This doesn’t worry me. Against Ireland we had three different scorers between the first and second legs.
“It’s good that Marcus managed to open his account. Let’s say that I did a good job as a winning coach,” jokes Deschamps. “Marcus also gives me additional options in the squad.” The manager further added. With 5 wins in 5 games, the Les Blues are on course to qualify as group winners and their next game will be a friendly encounter against Germany in the next few days.
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