Has Conte Changed Inter Milan’s Fortunes?

Juventus have dominated Italian football over the last decade, however, Inter Milan have established themselves as serious threats to the Old Lady since Antonio Conte took over at the club.

Conte won the Premier League in his first season in England with Chelsea and also lifted the Serie A crown three times with Juventus during his spell in Turin between 2011 and 2014.

Since returning to Italy, Conte has turned to the Premier League as one of his main sources for his recruitment and that has proved to be a good move so far.

Lukaku and Sanchez Offer Fire Power

Conte has long been a big fan of Romelu Lukaku. He tried to sign the Belgium international when he was at Chelsea but the then Everton forward opted to move to Manchester United instead.

The Inter boss finally landed his man last summer as the Italian club agreed a fee in the region of £74 million for the striker. Lukaku is proving to be a big hit in Serie A so far as he is third in the top-scoring chats behind Ciro Immobile and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Lukaku has been partnered in a lot of games this season with his former Manchester United teammate Alexis Sanchez. The Chilean is on loan at the Italian club and although he has not scored as many goals as Lukaku, he has looked much happier in an Inter shirt.

Eriksen Has Flourished Since Joining Inter

Arguably, Conte’s best transfer since signing his contract with Inter Milan came in the January transfer window as he was able to persuade Cristian Eriksen to make the move from Tottenham.

Eriksen, whose contract was set to expire at the end of the season with the North London club, was linked with all the major clubs in Europe. The fact he chose to play for Conte says a lot about the Italian manager.

The Dane has been excellent for Inter since making the move. His side is very much in contention for the Scudetto where they are 9/2 in the Serie A betting for the crown.

Eriksen will also give Inter some European experience. He scored his debut goal for the Italian club in the Europa League against Ludogorets. He will be hoping to lead them back into the Champions League for the 2020/21 campaign.

Ashley Young Found New Lease of Life

At the age 34, Ashley Young was probably looking for one last challenge in his career and he has got it with Inter Milan, his first spell outside of the UK.

Young played 261 times for Manchester United and has also represented England on 39 occasions so he has had a very successful career.

Conte signed Young for a minimal fee in the January transfer window. He has signed a contract with the Italian club until the end of the season but has the option to extend it for another year.

Young assisted Lautaro Martinez in his opening game for Inter and got on the scoresheet in his side’s 2-1 defeat to Lazio in February.
Time will tell if Conte can deliver silverware in his first year at Inter, but the signings he has made have certainly taken them in the right direction.