Can Inter Milan Build an Unprecedented Dynasty In Italian Football?
Right now, it's safe to assume that no European league is as one-sided as the Serie A. Inter Milan have won the Italian league five times in a row and the sixth seems only a matter of time; with only four matches, Inter already lead the league while their strongest "rivals", AC Milan, Juventus and Roma, are five, six and eight points behind respectively.
Rafael Benitez was given one of the easiest jobs in world football and he is already showing the same qualities that got him success everywhere he managed: with the Spanish manager, Inter keeps winning and playing much more attractive football than they did under Mourinho. A great manager left and another great manager came.
Although Mourinho and Benitez aren't exactly the best of friends, this time Benitez really owes Mourinho, who left him an excellent squad. Mourinho's eye for "wasted talent" took Inter to the next level (European glory); the signings of Lucio, Sneijder and Diego Milito were pure genius. Even more genius, though, was to get rid of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and bring Eto'o. With this star-filled squad, Inter won the treble and, even though Mourinho left for Madrid, the squad remains competitive.
Inter only signed Philippe Coutinho and sold Balotelli during the summer and many thought that this quiet transfer campaign would hurt Inter. But those people clearly had no idea what they were talking about! Why should Inter spend money on signings when they already have the best team in Italy (by a very large margin) and one of the best in Europe?
After working miracles in Valencia (two La Ligas and one Uefa Cup) and in Liverpool (a Champions League), there's no telling what Benitez can do now that he finally manages a super-talented squad.
Winning the league should be fairly easy and that will allow Inter to focus on the Champions League (like they did last season). With all the talent they have plus the possibility of focusing almost entirely on the Champions League, Inter can make history and become the first team ever to win two Champions League in a row. But of course that won't be easy, since there are many equally talented teams seeking the same trophy (Barcelona, Chelsea, Manchester United...). Conquering Europe again will be Rafael Benitez's main challenge.
That said, only a very stronge course of events can stop Inter from winning the Serie A again. Plus, the way things are right now, they probably won't stop at the sixth and will keep winning. Inter Milan's dominance in the Serie A is already unprecedented (never had a team won five leagues in a row) and it doesn't seem to be near an end.
No one likes a one-horse race and it's safe to assume that almost every football fan (except Inter fans) is rooting for Inter's dominance to come to and end. However, at least this season, it seems very unlikely. Seriously, who can stop them? Despite all their signings, Juventus have kept their disastrous form from last season; Roma have also shown no progress and Milan have serious problems in defense and have to settle for Barcelona (Ronaldinho and Zlatan Ibrahimovic) and Manchester City (Robinho) leftovers in attack. With the best squad in the league and the best manager, no one would dare bet against Inter.
Much to the dismay of many football fans, the future seems bright for Internationale and a dinasty is being written in Italian football.
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