Coming after a season where they played below their standards and didn’t even make the UEFA Europa League, Inter Milan are fighting hard to return to what they were only a few years ago.
The days where Jose Mourinho, Diego Milito and Wesley Sneijder led the team to European success seem to be years away and now the team has struggled to get back into the expected form. The resurgence of teams like Napoli and Fiorentina – as well as Juventus’ dominance at the top of the standings – suggest there’s still plenty of work left to do to get back to respectability.
The team has taken some major strides this season, and they are still fighting to come back to European spots. With AC Milan clearly out of the picture and the trio of Juventus, AS Roma and Napoli all but set to make the Champions League, Inter’s main goal should be to receive a ticket for the UEFA Europa League next year. The Lombardi side will have to battle against the likes of Fiorentina and Parma to return to the European arena, but as things stand now, they are out of the picture and deservedly so.
An aging roster, a lack of offensive power – where Rodrigo Palacio is the only reliable option upfront – and a below average defense are some of the things that Inter needs to solve before they can even think about competing in Europe.
There’s little doubt that their new owner Erick Thohir will spend millions to improve a team that has little to no world-class talent, but as of today, Inter doesn’t deserve a spot in Europe next year. The team is simply not built to compete on the international stage, and they need to show they can dominate at the domestic level before thinking about dominating Europe once again.