The dangers of Inter for Sevilla

Lukaku, Lautaro and a block that works better and better: the Nerazzurri arrive in full swing for the big event on Friday. Conte has got what he wanted.


Inter reaches the final of the Europa League against Sevilla in the best moment of a very positive season, albeit with ups and downs. The arrival of Conte clearly improved a team that, from next season, will aim more than ever in the last decade to dethrone Juventus. Getting his first European final since 2010 (and Italian football's first in the Europa League since 1999) is a very clear sign of his growth.

After the defeat against Bologna on July 5 (1-2 at San Siro), which probably cost them the scudetto (the Nerazzurri finished in second place, one point less than Vecchia Signora), the Milanese have not returned to lose not once.

They closed the league with resounding victories against Naples and Atalanta and, in the Europa League, they only suffered during one leg of the match with Getafe. With Leverkusen (2-1) and Shakhtar (5-0) the Italians showed solidity and an unknown international dimension in recent years. Much merit goes to Antonio Conte, who has the defect of being too sincere and impulsive at times (the attack on the board after the last day of Calcio could cost him the bench), but he is a technician capable of revolutionizing a team in his image and similarity.

In his 3-5-2, the work of the full-backs is essential in both phases and, therefore, the board wanted to give Achraf a gift for the next season.The veteran Young arrived in January and has exceeded all expectations (signing 4 goals and 5 assists) and D'Ambrosio, on the right, confirmed his reliability with great performances and 5 goals. The defense, guided by the expert Handanovic, also makes a difference when it comes to attacking. All plays must start from the centrals to attract and condition rival pressure. Godín (as he himself acknowledged) has taken time to adapt, but the ex-colchonero has achieved it with the humility and commitment that made him great, and he is already untouchable.

The midfield is a mix between quality and intensity, with Barella, Brozovic and Gagliardini. Eriksen's class, for Conte, is a virtue that works more as a stimulus than to start out, and despite media pressure to see more of the Dane, he remains consistent and considers him a substitute. Above is a perfect pair of forwards in their symbiosis. Lukaku draws the ball, Lautaro attacks the depth, and sometimes the tips are swapped. Together they are unstoppable, as the numbers explain.

The Belgian has 33 goals, just one less than Ronaldo himself in his debut season (which ended up just lifting a UEFA Cup). The Argentine, on the other hand, was hurt by rumors about Barça, constant during confinement. Since football was resumed, he had only scored three goals, but the wonderful performance (with a double) against Shakhtar shows that he has returned to his level (21 goals and 6 assists this season) .

It is an Inter that arrives very launched and that does not seem to have suffered at all the fatigue of the 17 official matches that it has played since June. Conte, in the Europa League, always opted for the same eleven (Handanovic; Godín, Bastoni, De Vrij; D'Ambrosio, Gagliardini, Barella, Brozovic, Young; Lautaro, Lukaku), the one who gave him the answers he was looking for. The 'sixth man' was being Alexis, exceptional in the last two months. A thigh injury took him out of the semi-final and the Nerazzurri hope that he can play at least one section of Friday's big event.The interista machine is working better and better, but it still has a flaw: sometimes, you lose concentration and risk throwing away all your great work. Getafe and Shakhtar had that moment and did not take advantage of it, Sevilla will also have their bullet. A large piece of the Cup will be played there.

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