Lukaku is a distant memory when Inter started freescoring in style


Lukaku is a distant memory when Inter started freescoring in style

09/23/2021 – 1:21 PM

Edin Dzeko from Inter Milan celebrates with his teammates REUTERS / Jennifer Lorenzini. his second gate

ROM: No Lukaku, no problem.
Inter Milan started their Serie A title defense goalless despite selling their top scorer last season.
While Juventus struggled in the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo, the Italian champions had no such problem, scoring 18 goals in five league games prior to Saturday’s clash against Atalanta.
New Inter coach Simone Inzaghi had a complicated situation when he replaced Antonio Conte in the postseason.
Striker Romelu Lukaku and influential full-back Achraf Hakimi were sold to Chelsea and Paris St-Germain, respectively, while Christian Eriksen suffered cardiac arrest at Euro 2020 for Denmark and his future in the game was unclear.
Many tipped Juve to get the title back, but Inzaghi’s side are eight points ahead after five games.
Inter have recorded four wins and one draw, while Juve 13 have scored five goals in four league games since joining Manchester United in late August.
Only FC Bayern Munich has a better score than Inter in the top 5 leagues in Europe with 20 goals after five rounds.
The variety of goals from Inter was also noticeable. The champions spread the load among 11 players and eight hits were delivered by new signings Edin Dzeko, Joaquin Correa, Hakan Calhanoglu and Federico Dimarco.
“I’m lucky to be with a club that has lost three important pieces with Lukaku, Hakimi and Eriksen and has not lost courage,” said Inzaghi.
“We worked hard and brought in important and functioning players. We had four wins and one draw and now it’s all about Inter, unlike in the summer.”
Inter will next face Atalanta in their first duel with one of the top four last season in San Siro.
The Bergamo club have long been known as the most entertaining side in Serie A, but have started the season in front of goal unusually bluntly.
Gian Piero Gasperini’s team have scored six goals in the league so far and have to do without the injured Luis Muriel.
“I think some of our problems were sharpness problems because we keep making simple mistakes like passports and sackings,” said Gasperini.
The Rome derby promises fireworks on Sunday when AS Roma’s Jose Mourinho and Lazio coach Maurizio Sarri meet their new clubs for the first time.
Roma started the season in great shape, winning six games in all competitions before beating Hellas Verona at the weekend, while Lazio have three games without a win in all competitions.
However, both teams can return to winning ways on Thursday when Roma travel to Turin against Udinese and Lazio.
Elsewhere this weekend, unbeaten AC Milan, tied with Inter on 13 points, will travel to Spezia on Saturday, while Juve will receive Sampdoria on Sunday, while third-placed Napoli will receive Cagliari, one point before visiting Samp on Thursday . (Reporting by Alasdair Mackenzie; Editing by Ken Ferris)


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