Inter Milan kicked off the new Serie A season on Saturday amid fan protests and financial woes that could derail them before they even begin defending their title.
A dramatic summer for the Champions reached its lowest point last week when star striker Romelu Lukaku was sold to Chelsea. Simon Anzagi was also outraged.
Gazzetta dello Sport reports that Inter’s cash-strapped Chinese owners forced Sunang to sell Belgian forward Lukaku as his first Serie A winner since 2010 moved to Paris Saint-Germain. A key figure who has won Serie A for the first time has offloaded Achraf Hakimi.
The club’s financial problems were clear before the league’s claim to the crown, and last month Antonio Conte left Inter knowing his team could be eliminated.
He is still strong in key areas and one of Italy’s Euro 2020 heroes in Niccolo Barella, but the squad has definitely been downgraded.
Lukaku has been replaced by Eden Zico, a capable forward familiar with Serie A, but the Bosnian striker is 35 years old and has scored just seven league goals last season.
Dutch defender Denzel Dumfries, however, is an interesting choice for the space behind the right after his impressive display at Euro 2020.
After doing a great job on a small budget in Lazio, he and Disco’s rental will be the key to the opportunities for internships.
There will be Juventus ready to bounce back, who have regained control of Massimiliano Allegri and added Euro star Manuel Lucatelli to midfield, who was the Old Lady’s weak point under Andrea Perlo last season.
Rumors of Cristiano Ronaldo’s desire to leave Joe have not dampened the spirits around the team’s prospects as the turmoil has boosted Inter and Allegri’s return to hopes of regaining the title from their old enemies.
Sniffing to overtake Inter is also a new cast of managers, led by Jose Mourinho in Roma, who celebrated the arrival of Tommy Ibrahim from Chelsea on Tuesday.
Mourinho was welcomed to Italy this summer, with memories of the triple glory at Inter a decade ago reassuring Roma fans that the one-time Special One star is definitely not over.
Elsewhere, Maurizio Siri will try to bring his football passing to Lazio, while Luciano Spalti has a chance to bring the talented Napoli back into the top four after returning to club management after two years.
After the Italian government allowed clubs to open their stadiums at 50 per cent capacity earlier this month, supporters will finally be able to watch the open play in the stadiums.
The decision came after clubs raised their voices against the previous legislation, which allowed grounds to be filled more than halfway, but also included social distance laws, which meant that some Three-quarters of the grounds will not be available to spectators.
Gabriel Grevina, president of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC), welcomed the move but insisted it was a first step towards completing our stadium as soon as possible.
Last month, the FIGC made demands to the government, including tax relief, as well as a request to create a ‘football fund’ managed by the FIGC, which would meet all the conditions set at any sporting event. Will receive one percent.
Another test for the league will be how its new main broadcaster DAZN performs. The streaming platform surpassed Sky for rights in March 2021-2024, and Serie A coverage is expected to reach millions in a country where digital development lags behind other European countries.
When the DAZN contract was signed by Italian Minister for Technology Innovation Vittorio Colau, it was estimated that about 16 million households in Italy do not have access to fixed line internet.
Fans have had problems with DAZN’s coverage in the past, and just a few weeks after signing for this season, the broadcaster suffered an embarrassing blackout during coverage of the Inter match with Cagliari.