Italian football has trophy specialist Carlo Ancelotti. And now Simone Inzaghi is also on the way to follow in the footsteps of his predecessors. In just 7 years of his military career, “Inzaghi em” has had a significant collection with 4 Italian Super Cups (2 with Lazio, 2 with Inter) and 2 Coppa Italia (1 with Lazio, 1 with Inter).
Especially in the Champions League, Inzaghi helped Inter return to the semi-finals after 13 years. The blue-black striped team in turn overcame Porto and Benfica to participate in the final four-team round where they faced rival Milan. Compared to Mourinho’s mighty Inter, who won the Champions League 13 years ago, Inzaghi’s Inter is of course not as strong. But that is the beauty of this very pragmatic team.
Typically, the victory over Juventus in the semi-final of the Italian national cup at dawn on April 27. Inter held the ball less (42%), under great pressure from the opponent but left with a minimal victory from Christian Dimarco’s only goal. The same thing happened last weekend, Inter had a very boring first half at Empoli and only really kicked in the second half with three goals (3-0).
Obviously, Inzaghi’s Inter is not a very good and beautiful team. The current 6th position in the Serie A table reflects that (Inter have not won the last 5/6 matches in the domestic league). But they have the stubborn nature of the old Inter-Cuper and are especially resilient in one-on-one battles. In the quarter-final second leg of the Champions League, Inter revealed subjectivity in the last minutes, making Benfica equalize 3-3. But Inzaghi’s students were not so subjective that the match slipped out of hand. In the line between victory and defeat, Inzaghi’s Inter has always been cold to step through at least on the cup fronts this season.
“We are a united and strong team. Lautaro and Barella have shown great personal qualities. But it would be selfish to talk about individuals. The important thing is that this team is always ready for challenges,” Inzaghi said after the 1-0 victory over Juventus.
This is the first time Inter won Juventus in the Coppa Italia semi-finals after losing all five times before. The wind changed direction on the boot-shaped land. The old age and bravery of Juventus before now belongs to Inter of young general Simone Inzaghi. Inter this season beat Barcelona, Porto, Benfica in the Champions League, beat Milan and Napoli in Serie A and beat Juventus in the Coppa Italia. It is proof of a stubborn and courageous Inter despite the not-so-stellar players. Inzaghi’s students know how to stand firm in the top matches. That is a prerequisite quality to go far in cup competitions.
Maybe this weekend, Inter will not have a performance as expected against solid opponent Lazio. Because of the fact that in the long-distance race in Serie A, Inzaghi’s army is showing signs of exhaustion (not winning the last 5/6 rounds). But Inzaghi knows very well what he has to do to beat Milan in the Champions League semi-finals (first leg May 10, second leg May 16) and win the third Italian national cup of his career (final on 24/24). 5, with Cremonese or Fiorentina). Double on the cup front? Inzaghi and his students have the right to dream and take.