“The candidates are Juventus and Roma, and we come after them.” Stevan Jovetic let out those words despite leading his new club, Inter, to two wins from two games in Serie A. The Montenegrin striker knows Serie A pretty well from his previous stint at Fiorentina but this time the pressure is more as the stakes are higher. So far, he’s manged to do well scoring Inter’s three goals against Atalanta and Carpi putting them top of the table with four other teams but the word Scudetto is too early.
Juventus’ two straight losses may have been the biggest surprise in Italy but Inter’s solid start is also something noteworthy. The nerazzuri focused on strengthening their side last summer in order to mount a challenge to return to the Champions League zone but with good chemistry and proper management they may even get the chance to challenge for the Scudetto. Napoli, Lazio, Milan and Fiorentina all suffered a loss while Roma drew their opening game and beat Juventus in the second one. Long story short, Inter have at least a two point advantage over their nearest rivals and the ball is in their court.
Inter’s manager, Roberto Mancini is not new to Serie A nor is he new to Inter. He’s been there and done it before. However, this time he wants to win the Scudetto in the presence f a strong Juventus. The manager was also pivotal in snatching Geoffrey Kondogbia from the hands of rivals Milan. Kondogbia is set to be an important player in the midfield for Inter this season and has already been shown great confidence from his coach. Another signing is Felipe Melo who has already worked under Mancini at Galatasaray in Turkey. Joining them are Croatian international Ivan Perisic and Serbian one Adem Ljajic from rivals Roma.
At the back Martin Montoya, Alex Telles, David Santon and Miranda are all signing that will bolster the Milanese defense. The club has been freshened up with a few young and fast paced players who can play at a higher tempo than most of Serie A’s club. The only issue is they will have to prove it week in, week out. The loss of Mateo Kovacic to Real Madrid and Hernanes to Juventus could mean little if the Mancini gets the best out of his new players. The Italian has won the league with Inter before moving on to win titles in England and Turkey. Now, his challenge seems tougher but realistic. Inter’s first two games were against farily easy opponents, in the coming weeks they will need to play better if they are to continue the winning streak.