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Conte, Lukaku, derby victory: how Inter Milan regained their throne

Inter Milan were crowned Italian champions this Sunday, for the first time since 2010. Between strong men and key dates, back on the successful season of the Nerazzurri.

Ten years without a trophy has never happened to Inter Milan since World War II. Nerazzurri supporters were able to celebrate this Sunday, after the draw of their dolphin, Atalanta, on the lawn of Sassuolo (1-1). Inter are officially crowned Italian champions 2020-21, eleven years after their cup-championship-Champions League treble under José Mourinho.

Inter has a tale about him

He initiated and ended a reign as we see little. In 2011, Antonio Conte was appointed to Juventus. He won three Scudettos there before taking the reins of the Italian selection, but he launched a machine: the Bianconeri will glean 9 consecutive titles, unheard of in the history of Serie A. Irony of fate: it is he who will have stopped this Turin domination with Inter Milan, for his second season in Lombardy. Failures in the Champions League, where Inter were eliminated twice in a row from the group stage, almost got the better of his head. But with his strong temper, Conte held on. “It is certainly one of the most important successes in my career, he was moved this Sunday. It was not an easy choice to come to Inter where the team were not competitive to win something important. ” Conte (51 years old) was able to get his players to adhere to his famous 3-5-2. He has built a squad like clockwork, the best defense in Serie A this season as in 2019-20. He was able to get the best of promising players like Nicolo Barella, stars like Romelu Lukaku, or average players like Matteo Darmian. The leaders trusted him in the recruitment, like the signing of his former midfielder at Juve, Arturo Vidal. Well took them.

Lukaku’s victorious goal against Bologna on April 3 (0-1)

Lukaku, terror confirmed

Recruited for € 74 million in the summer of 2019, Romelu Lukaku put down his bags in Lombardy with heavy pressure on his shoulders. He answered this: his 34 goals in 2019-20 made him the top home scorer in a first season tied with Ronaldo, in 1997-98. “It’s beautiful, I equaled him, but he won the C3. Me, I lost the final ”, underlined the ambitious Lukaku (27 years) last February for the weekly Sport / Foot Magazine. The top scorer in the history of the Belgian selection (91 matches, 59 goals) has not eased off this season: 21 goals and 8 assists in Serie A. His top speed coupled with his power (1.91 m; 93 kg) make him an exceptional athlete. Unfortunately for the Italian defenses, Lukaku is also a fine technician: control oriented against Crotone, finish bad foot in pivot against Benevento or millimeter pass for Lautaro Martinez against Lazio, Lukaku has almost everything in store. Antonio Conte could sleep soundly knowing to whom he had entrusted the keys to his attack. “Some said it was overpriced, that it had cost too much, mocked the indoor coach last April. I immediately said that it was a diamond which, by working on it, would become extraordinary. He has made incredible progress and can still do more. ” Especially since the Belgian responded present in the major meetings.

Turning in the Milan derby

Led 3-2 in the 86th minute, Inter Milan overthrew Fiorentina late in the match, on the first day of Serie A: a 4-3 victory on a hot September evening. Auspicious? Not really after the derby of October 17 and the defeat against AC Milan (1-2). Lukaku’s goal was not enough against the double of the eternal Zlatan Ibrahimovic, on a mission to bring back astonishing Rossoneri to the top. This setback is a landmark. Inter have lost only one of their next 30 league games (23 wins, 6 draws). His Milanese rival dropped points during the winter. Baited by the smell of blood, the Nerazzurri dealt the fatal blow: victory in the derby in the quarterfinal of the Italian Cup on January 26 (2-1) marked by the exclusion of Ibrahimovic. Then another success in the league the following month (3-0), with a double from Lautaro Martinez and a goal from Lukaku. “I am the best put …, me, me, I told you”, would have launched the Belgian to Ibrahimovic after having scored the 3rd internal goal, reported Sky Sport Italia. Inter then took the lead in Serie A and never let go.

Martinez’s second goal against AC Milan last February (3-0)


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