As Inter prepare to face Udinese after their loss to Bologna, Richard Hall explains why the Nerazzurri still have a fair chance to win the Serie A title.
Ionut Radu cried tears of sadness in Bologna as his costly error saw Inter throw away a valuable three points from their game in hand. The blame could not simply be laid at the feet of the 24-year-old Romanian as Inter created chances but didn’t take enough of them. This leaves them chasing Milan now, in a desperate attempt to beat their neighbours to the finishing line and lift the Scudetto for the second year in a row. Despite the slip up against the Rossoblu, there is still a feeling in the Nerazzurri camp that they can achieve this in May.
Inter have played well enough in recent weeks to say that the game against Bologna was simply a bad day at the office. They had 26 shots on goal, seven on target (this was the issue) and 59% possession. On another day, this would have been a victory. Instead, it was a blip in form, however costly. Inter certainly have not had a mental breakdown that we have seen over the past decades, this was just a slip. The problem is, you can run 10k in perfect pace and form, but if you slip next to a cliff, then problems start.
Arguably, Milan have been in worse shape. Inter annihilated them in Coppa Italia and they were extremely fortunate against Lazio, leaving it until the final moments to grab a last gasp winner. Credit must be given to them as Stefano Pioli is managing to build an exciting team mixed with veterans and youth. He is no longer seen as a coach that is brought in to ‘steady ships.’ Now he is the Captain of a destroyer, and he is trying to run it at full speed. They are top of the form table, but they have ridden their luck.
At this time of the season, all eyes go onto the fixture list, and here is where it gets interesting. Whilst nothing is predictable (just ask Inter after Bologna) one would think that the Nerazzurri have the better run-in in the final…