Give me five. One week from five wins against Milan in the derby, in Empoli Inter scores their fifth victory in the first five days of the championship as she had only managed to do three other times in her history with Helenio Herrera in 1966, Roberto Mancini in 2015 and Antonio Conte in 2019, without ever winning the scudetto. Inzaghi’s team (the only one still unbeaten this season among the 5 major European tournaments, given that Manchester City lost the English super cup) thus remains at the top of the Serie A table with full points, +3 on Milan, + 7 on Napoli champions of Italy and with 5 points ahead of Juve, defeated at Sassuolo, the Nerazzurri’s next opponent on Wednesday evening in San Siro.
CATS AT THE MATEZZI – The sensational own goal by the Juventus defender Gatti brings to mind that of Materazzi, decisive for the victory and for the salvation of Empoli on the third to last day of the championship. The year was 2006 and a couple of months later Matrix redeemed himself in a big way, becoming a national hero in Italy’s world champions in Germany against Zidane’s France. Since then, Inter have not conceded a goal at home to president Corsi’s Tuscan team: 9 wins and a 0-0 draw with 17 goals scored in total. The last one is the pearl of Dimarco with a left-footed volley worthy of the fairy foot of Chino Recoba, author of a Euro-goal from midfield again in Empoli in 1998, the first season of the Phenomenon Ronaldo.
AND ALVARO IN MARCO – The only bad news is Arnautovic’s serious muscle injury, which he will have for at least a couple of months. Twist of fate, the knockout of the 34-year-old Austrian international comes on the same day as another attacker sought by Inter in the last summer transfer window shines: Alvaro Morata. The Spaniard, 31 years old on October 23rd, scored a fantastic brace in the Madrid derby won 3-1 by Simeone’s Atletico against Ancelotti’s Real Madrid. After Lukaku’s about-face, the former Juventus player was Simone Inzaghi’s favourite. Marotta tried to please the coach, but he was unable to do so because otherwise he would have exceeded the budget made available by Zhang. In fact, Atletico was asking for 20 million euros for Morata, who has a salary of around 10 million euros gross per year. By falling back on Arnautovic, Inter spent half both on the price tag (loan with redemption set at 10 million euros) and on the player’s salary (around 4 million gross per year). Without considering the other transfer operation carried out with Bologna, which took the young midfielder Fabbian for 5 million euros, with the right to buy back in favor of the Nerazzurri for 13 million.
PAVARD’S ‘FAULT’ – Saving on the striker, Inter then strengthened the defense (orphan of Skriniar, who joined PSG on a free transfer) with Pavard. The 27-year-old French international has signed a contract for the next five seasons worth 5 million euros net (almost 8 million gross) per year and arrived from Bayern Munich for 30 million euros. A figure considered excessive by some because he only had one more year of contract with the German champions, but in reality it is an evaluation in line with the market of recent years. Without considering the pharaonic Premier League English, just to give some examples in Italy Milan paid 32 million euros for Tomori, Juve 37 million for Danilo and 50 million for Bremer. Thirty million euros for Pavard doesn’t seem like too much at all, this is also demonstrated by the first two tests passed by the Frenchman against Real Sociedad and Empoli. But the exams never end: Wednesday evening at San Siro There is the crash test with Laurienté, which has already made Gatti lose his mind. Pavard must confirm that he is of a different kind.
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