ROME (AP) – Even without Romelu Lukaku and Antonio Conte, Inter Milan seem determined to successfully defend their Italian Serie A title.
The Nerazzurri crushed Bologna 6-1 on Saturday to extend their unbeaten start to the Italian league campaign.RELATED
Substitute Edin Dzeko scored twice late after Argentine Lautaro Martínez, Milan Skriniar, Nicolo Barella and Uruguayan Matias Vecino gave the hosts a four-point lead.
Arthur Theate scored one for Bologna four minutes before the game ended.
The victory brought some relief after two frustrating performances for Inter: a draw against Sampdoria last weekend and a home loss to Real Madrid in the Champions League.
Inter took first place, one point above Roma, Milan, Napoli – who will play this weekend – and Fiorentina, who beat Genoa 2-1.
There were concerns about Inter’s situation after Conte unexpectedly left the team in May, shortly after guiding them to their first Italian league title in more than a decade.
Conte said he was concerned about Inter’s finances and the fact that its Chinese owners had shown little interest in negotiating acquisitions in the transfer market. His fears seemed to be confirmed in August, when Lukaku was sold to Chelsea for about $ 135 million, a record for European monarchs.
Lukaku scored 64 goals in 95 matches within different competitions during his two seasons at Inter.
But under new manager Simone Inzaghi, Inter have so far had no trouble making up for Lukaku’s goal loss.
With 15 goals in four games, Inter have the most productive attack in Serie A.
“I was afraid of this game, because after what happened on Wednesday against Real Madrid, when we deserved more, there was some concern. Fortunately, we had the right attitude from the beginning, ”Inzaghi said. “Inter deserve credit, because Bologna were undefeated.”
Also on Saturday, Atalanta required an agonizing goal from Colombian Duván Zapata to beat the newly promoted Salarnitana 1-0.
The Bergamo squad scored the most goals in the last three seasons in Serie A. They averaged more than two goals per game.
However, he has managed only four goals in the same number of games in the fledgling campaign. Despite this, it remains three units from Inter.
Meanwhile, with three consecutive victories, Fiorentina seems transformed under new coach Vincenzo Italiano.
La Fiore beat Genoa 2-1 with goals from Riccardo Saponara and Giacomo Bonaventura in the complement.
The Genoese club approached with a penalty converted by Domenico Criscito in the closing stages.
Italian arrived shortly after the start of the campaign. Gennaro Gattuso left in June, just three weeks after his appointment, due to discrepancies over purchases in the transfer market.