·26 September 2022
·26 September 2022
Inter and Roma both had fairly eventful summer transfer windows, but of the pair it looks to be the Giallorossi who have gotten a greater impact from their summer arrivals.
This is noted in today’s print edition of Rome-based newspaper Corriere dello Sport, who highlight the difference between the two teams in terms of how they’ve introduced their new signings over the early going this season.
Inter made a total of six signings for their senior team during the summer transfer window, but so far the main starting eleven looks much the same as it did last season.
The injury to striker Romelu Lukaku has been a major factor in this, as the Belgian has only managed to play a total of 227 minutes in Serie A, although this is very likely to change as he becomes available.
Meanwhile, 104 minutes for Henrikh Mkhitaryan makes the 33-year-old the Nerazzurri’s second-most appearing summer signing, whilst the likes of Kristjan Asllani, Raoul Bellanova, and Francesco Acerbi have been restricted to relatively marginal roles in the league and goalkeeper Andre Onana has only played in the Champions League.
The Giallorossi, by contrast, look like a very different side than they did last season, as coach Jose Mourinho appears to have felt that the likes of Paulo Dybala, Nemanja Matic, and Zeki Celik improve the team sufficiently to play on a regular basis.
All three of the trio have played in and around 400 minutes this season as Roma have enjoyed a solid start to the campaign, becoming important players in Mourinho’s team.
Inter beat Roma in both league meetings last season and also in the Coppa Italia quarter-finals, but the sense going into their Serie A meeting after the international break is that whilst the Nerazzurri are more or less the team they were last season despite their summer transfer activity, the Giallorossi’s summer business has made them a more formidable side.
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