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regular-article-logo Thursday, 23 May 2024

Inter Milan clinch 20th Serie A crown: Simone Inzaghi’s buys who made the difference

Inter have suffered only one league defeat this season and conceded just 18 goals, by far the fewest in Serie A, securing the Scudetto with five games to spare

Reuters Milan Published 24.04.24, 10:54 AM
Inter coach Simone Inzaghi on Monday.

Inter coach Simone Inzaghi on Monday. File image

Inter Milan have dominated Italian football this season and when the final whistle blew on their 2-1 win over AC Milan at San Siro on Monday, marking the club’s 20th Serie A title, it was a moment of sweet triumph for Simone Inzaghi’s side.

Inter have suffered only one league defeat this season and conceded just 18 goals, by far the fewest in Serie A, securing the Scudetto with five games to spare. They had an extremely effective close-season transfer window, acquiring players who seamlessly fitted into the club’s plans for the season as they replaced stalwarts who departed.

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Snagging forward Marcus Thuram on a free transfer and bringing in defender Benjamin Pavard and goalkeeper Yann Sommer from Bayern Munich for less than €40m ($42.62m) combined provided alternatives for Romelu Lukaku, Milan Skriniar and Andre Onana who all left before the season.

With Lukaku departing after a soap opera that saw him join AS Roma on loan from Chelsea, Inzaghi gave more responsibility to Argentine Lautaro Martinez, who took over as captain from now retired keeper Samir Handanovic.

They signed Frenchman Thuram from Borussia Moenchengladbach to establish a dynamic partnership with Martinez and the deadly duo have provided Inter with 35 goals and 16 assists this season in Serie A.

The strikers have been supported by Nicolo Barella with Hakan Calhanoglu and left wing back Federico Dimarco chipping in with goals. With Inter’s potent strike force driving them to 27 wins in 33 games their challengers fell by the wayside.

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