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After a summer of change Inter Milan aim for a successful defense of their 19th Scudetto – from Saturday against Genoa.
Under new management and with no stars missing, the Nerazzurri are returning to San Siro, where they will face a team that has been on the verge of relegation before ending up in the middle of the table last season after becoming a three-time former coach had returned.
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The joy of Inter’s first league title in a decade was short-lived this summer as some of the key figures behind the Nerazzurri’s success last season left the scene after nine painful years of Juventus domination.
Head coach Antonio Conte and star striker Romelu Lukaku heading towards the exit under cost-cutting measures with raiding-wing-back Achraf Hakimi also left San Siro after 12 tingly months in Milan.
Therefore, the team is now being looked after by the ex-Lazio boss Simone Inzaghi Start the new campaign with lots of speculation on whether they’ll be able to win Scudetti in a row in 2022.
After the charismatic but controversial Conte, Inter didn’t hesitate to turn to a man many have compared to Inter’s fiery ex-coach after leading Lazio into the Champions League for the first time since 2007 – where the Biancocelesti managed to achieve the last 16.
Much like its predecessor, Inzaghi is closely tied to a 3-5-2 setup and is viewed by many as an Inter board continuity choice. However, with the talented squad under his command, expectations will be even higher than in Rome, so a win on day one would certainly be welcomed.
The champions are preparing to welcome Genoa to the Meazza, having won the last six Serie A games against the Grifone 21-0 on aggregate and unbeaten in 17 games at home at the start of the season – one Record from 1987.
In addition, Inter have also won the last 16 league games on home soil, so Lukaku’s replacement – experienced striker Edin Dzeko – expects a successful start in life in Milan at his 200th appearance in Serie A. In fact, the Roma summer signing was previously involved in eight league goals against Genoa – his best record against any Italian club.
To underline the task they face before their trip to the second city, Genoa have not even recorded a single blow against Inter in their last six meetings. represents her longest run without hitting a high profile opponent. In fact, their last league goal was against the Nerazzurri in February 2018, scored by Goran Pandev.
The 38-year-old Pandev continues to shine when challenged by the Ligurian team.
Head coach Davide Ballardini was the main architect of this revival, and now he’s returning from the start of the 2021-22 season on a mission to improve Genoa’s fortune and avoid a season when they look over their shoulders.
Responsible for the fourth time at the Marassi, the hiking coach has not played more than 40 games with any club and since his appointment in December has started his new term of office on the 27th time. The last game under his watchful eye took place at the Coppa Italia last weekend, when Genoa defeated Perugia 3-2 in their first competitive game after a positive preparation for the season and moved into the second round.
However, after Genoa conceded two early goals to Serie B – and then only started a race to catch up when the guests were reduced to 10 men – Genoa are aware that such a weak start in San Siro is likely to be ruthlessly punished.
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Inter’s final pre-season warm-up match against Dynamo Kiev last week featured a relatively familiar tactical setup – even if some of the staff have changed – so Simone Inzaghi won’t surprise anyone by sending his team in a variation of his favorite side 3 -5-2 formation.
Edin Dzeko replaces Romelu Lukaku as a center forward, however Lautaro Martinez won’t join him at the top as the Copa America winner instead aims to be fully fit for next week’s game against Verona. The Argentina international is struggling with a muscle injury so Dzeko could be supported by a new boy. Hakan Calhanogluwho would line up behind the former Roma striker in number 10.
Wing back Denzel Dumfries – signed as a replacement for Achraf Hakimi in Paris – could appear at some point, but sees competition from Matteo Darmianwho improved significantly over the course of last season and made his loan deal from Parma permanent at the beginning of the summer.
Naturally, Christian Eriksen remains absent for the foreseeable future, so Stefano Sensi could participate Marcelo Brozovic and European Champion 2020 Nicolo Barella in the midfield.
Genoa now has both Valon Behrami and center-back Mattia Banic suspended on Saturday, but otherwise has a full squad for Davide Ballardini to choose from.
Several signings, including seasoned goalkeepers Salvatore Sirigu, Ex-Empoli full-back Stefano Sabelli and Brazilian midfielder Hernani – on loan from Parma – start while Caleb Ekuban could appear on the side Mattia Destro in front, follow Gianluca Scamacca‘s return to Sassuolo.
Former inter-man Goran Pandev offers Ballardini another option on the bench after signing a new one-year deal with North Macedonia after his history at the European Championships.
Inter Milan possible starting line-up:
Handanovic; Skriniar, De Vrij, Bastoni; Darmian, Barella, Brozovic, Sensi, Perisic; Calhanoglu; Dzeko
Genoa possible starting line-up:
Sirigu; Biraschi, Radovanovic, Criscito; Sabelli, Badelj, Sturaro, Hernani, Czyborra; Destro, Ekuban
Probability: Inter Milan 2-0 Genoa
Precedent tells us that only one result can be expected this Saturday – and Simone Inzaghis Inter won’t disappoint.
The Nerazzurri have drawn only one of their last 10 season openers and have recently established complete dominance over Genoa. missing fans.
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