Inter Now Has The Players And Kits Necessary To Return To Badass Ways
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For those who grew up watching the Champions League in the early 2000s, the extended absence of 2009-10 champions Inter Milan has certainly been felt. Between 2002 and 2012 there was a 10-season period in which Inter always had a seat at club football’s most prestigious banquet, but the 2018-19 campaign will mark Inter's first appearance in seven years.
A lot of this is certainly due to the turmoil and financial uncertainty that’s faced the club over this period. That turmoil is perfectly mirrored in the managerial changes that’ve followed the departure of Jose Mourinho after that historic treble-winning season: the club went through 10 managers (including Rafa Benitez, Claudio Ranieri, Roberto Mancini and Frank de Boer) before luring Luciano Spalletti from Roma before the start of last season.
A fourth-place finish and a return to the Champions League made Spalletti’s maiden voyage a smashing success, and the financial uncertainty has been resolved by the injection of cash from Suning Holdings Group — a company owned by Chinese entrepreneur Zhang Jindong which now has a 68.55% stake in the club.
And so Inter will attack the 2018-19 season with a lot of extremely important pieces in place, including the services of captain Mauro Icardi, Croatian World Cup heroes Ivan Perisic and Marcelo Brozovic, and Brazilian center back Miranda.
What’s more, the club has added Radja Nainggolan from Roma for $44 million, hugely promising 20-year-old Argentine striker Lautaro Martinez for $27 million and Italian winger Matteo Politano after his breakthrough season for Sassuolo (he scored 10 goals in 36 Serie A matches last season).
Inter isn’t just returning to the UCL, the club is returning in style. Literally. Just look at the three kit selections for next season.
Inter Milan 2018-19 Home Kit
Inter Milan 2018-19 Away Kit
Inter Milan 2018-19 Third Kit
— rupertgraphic (@rupertalbe) July 27, 2018
With Juventus adding Cristiano Ronaldo this summer, the Turin club’s stranglehold over Serie A is only expected to grow tighter, but this Inter side is undoubtedly the strongest it’s been since winning five straight Scudetti between 2005 and 2010.