Just under 12 months ago, Inter secured their long-awaited return to the UEFA Champions League group stage thanks to the most dramatic of late turnarounds against fellow hopefuls Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico. Despite being comfortably in third place for the vast majority of the current campaign, the Nerazzurri have once again shown an unenviable desire to make life difficult for themselves. Indeed, with three games remaining this season, qualification for next season’s edition of Europe’s premier club competition looks far from certain though, crucially, Inter’s fate still very much in their own hands.
However, with a difficult trip to the Stadio San Paolo to face Napoli on the penultimate matchday, it is imperative that the Beneamata take maximum points from their final two home matches against Chievo and Empoli, which should not be too great an ask for a side with aspirations to become the dominant force in Italian football once more. That said, Monday night’s encounter with the Flying Donkeys will represent another huge test of Inter’s mental strength, something which has often been called into question in recent years.
Yesterday’s results which saw Atalanta claim another three points thanks to a 2-1 victory over Genoa, as well as AC Milan’s tense 1-0 win at the Stadio Artemio Franchi, have piled the pressure back on Luciano Spalletti’s side. The simple fact of the matter is they have no choice but to show a positive reaction and put in a dominant display against the already relegated Verona outfit. The coach’s long-term future, as well as that of many players within the squad, will depend on their ability to secure Champions League football for next season. Victory on Monday night will go a long way towards doing just that.
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