Andrea Stramaccioni's first year with Inter Milan has been impressive, especially for a first-year coach. He has proven time and again that he is worthy of his position, and will continue to do so.
Massimo Moratti shocked many fans and pundits last season by appointing Stramaccioni as the successor to Claudio Ranieri.
The shock was warranted—to a degree.
Stramaccioni had tremendous success with Inter's youth squad and even won the NextGen Series. Still, this wasn't a job with a youth squad. This was a shot at coaching one of the most prestigious teams in Europe.
To his credit, Stramaccioni handled the added pressure without ever giving the impression that he had bit off more than he could chew. He led Inter to a Europa League qualification spot last season and currently has the Nerazzurri in second place so far this season.
With Inter qualifying for the next round of the Europa League and also chasing their first scudetto since Jose Mourinho left for Real Madrid, Stramaccioni faces a large test.
Can Stramaccioni continue living up to the hype from his work as a youth coach? He's given every indication he could and there are a few ways that he can further prove himself.