Inter Milan vs. Udinese: What Season's Final Match Means for Both Clubs
Internazionale is out of the running for Europe. Andrea Stramaccioni is likely out of a job.
On the other side of the coin, Udinese look to extend their streak of European finishes to three in a row. They give themselves a much better chance of doing so with a win at the San Siro.
That is essentially what the final round of action boils down to for these two teams.
Inter Milan's players and coach will do all they can to convince ownership they can be winners, especially after a remarkably bad showing against Genoa in Round 37 where the Nerazzurri drew against Genoa.
Yes, you read that right. They drew against Genoa.
In the end, Inter Milan's remaining healthy players, albeit only a few, have to prove they have what it takes to stay with this club long-term. Same for coach Stramaccioni as well.
For Udinese, the last round's match offers an opportunity for this side to assert itself as one of the premier Italian clubs in all of Serie A. It's not an easy task, as traditionally it's Inter Milan who are one of Italy's top clubs.
But for Udinese, the talents of Antonio Di Natale and Luis Muriel have accounted for 32 of the side's 54 total goals scored.
Di Natale had both of Udinese's goals in Round 37, and with all of Inter Milan's injures, there's a strong chance that Udinese will further make their case for European involvement after their game in Round 38 at the San Siro.
Ultimately, this is not your typical Inter Milan side. It's better for Inter fans if Inter lose in Round 38. They need a serious overhaul in terms of coaching as well as player personnel.
Whether the Nerazzurri believe that or not, one cannot argue with the results Inter Milan have produced this season. There's no room for false hope, especially with all the young talent at AC Milan that have made such a difference this season.
Inter Milan must overhaul their organization, and in the mean time, Udinese must make strong additions over the Summer to improve their outcomes on the European stage.
Yes, Round 38 provides opportunity for both teams. Opportunity to delude themselves, as well as opportunity to take stock of where the stand in the broad scheme of things.
How both teams approach the summer transfer window will greatly impact their respective level of success during next season.
What do you think Round 38 means for both of these teams? Let me know in the comments below!
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