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Inter Milan’s Defense Has Been The Recipe For Success

Inter Milan has jumped out to a great start this Serie A season, topping the table after five straight wins. The Nerazzurri have only allowed a single goal in those five wins.

After a couple of lean years, it looks like Inter is back and can once again take up the challenge for the Serie A title. Sure, we are only five games in, but the defensive display of Roberto Mancini’s men has been extremely convincing.

They haven’t been as solid going forward, but have compiled five straight wins to start the season after winning over Atalanta (1-0), Carpi (2-1), AC Milan (1-0), Chievo (1-0), and Hellas Verona (1-0). Inter has a solid crop of defensemen to choose from and the strength at the back is the reason why they are top of the table heading into the weekend’s clash against second-place Fiorentina at the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium in Milan.

Mancini spent a good chunk of change to bolster the lineup and get Inter back to the top after finishing eighth last season and missing out on a spot in the European cups. Inter brought in players like Geoffrey Kondogbia, Stevan Jovetic, Alex Telles, Felipe Melo and Ivan Perisic.

Brazilian central defender Miranda was brought in from Atletico Madrid and he’s gone straight into the side and has performed well, whether it be next to Gary Medel or Jeison Murillo who also joined the club in the summer.

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After the win over Chievo, Miranda, 31, spoke about the game and the team’s good start to the season.

“It was a difficult game,” Miranda told Inter Channel. “When teams come to San Siro they always try to batten down the hatches but we battled as a team and got the all-important goal we needed to take home the three points.”

Miranda had missed the two previous weeks due to injury, but was happy to be back on the pitch.

“It’s hard when you’re sitting out so just coming back feels like a victory in itself,” Miranda said. “I’m happy with these three points but now we must carry on like this.”

With reigning champions Juventus struggling, sitting in 13th with just five points after five games, it’s crucial for Inter to get as big of a gap down to the rest as possible. It’s hard to see Juventus continue to struggle for much longer as they just have way too much quality on that roster.

The upcoming game against Fiorentina is a huge fixture, as Inter currently sits three points ahead of them in the table. A win over Fiorentina would be another big statement that the Nerazzurri are for real. The win over AC Milan in the derby on Matchday 3 was an indication that this team has a lot of things going right for them.

Inter has shown that they can both control a game with lots of possession and play on the counter attack. The ability to shut down games after taking the lead has been another positive, something that they failed to do on many occasions last season. And as the last line of defense, they have one of the best goalkeepers in the league in Samir Handanovic.

Coach Mancini took over mid-season last year and was handed a squad that didn’t really suit his way of playing. But with the reshaping of the team during the summer, Mancini has had a full offseason to work with the players to buy into his philosophy and it seems to have paid off.

This is Mancini’s second stint in charge of Inter, having previously coached the club between 2004-2008. During his last time in charge, Inter won three Serie A titles and two Italian Cup titles.

Although they have only scored six goals in five games, there’s a lot of scoring potential in the team with players like Jovetic, Mauro Icardi, Jonathan Biabiany, and Adem Ljajic. Icardi tied Luca Toni in the scoring race last season with a tally of 22 goals.

There’s still a long way to go, but if the beginning has been any indication, Inter is back where they belong, competing at the top of Serie A.

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