Inter's Commanding 3-0 Victory: Serie A Summit Reclaimed
|Eljif Elmas of Napoli during the Serie A TIM match between SSC Napoli and FC Internazionale at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona on December 03, 2023 in Naples, Italy.(Image-Getty)
Inter Milan displayed clinical efficiency, capitalizing on opportunities to secure a commanding 3-0 victory against reigning champions Napoli, reclaiming the Serie A summit. Despite Napoli's persistent challenges, Inter's lethal finishing by Hakan Calhanoglu, Nicolo Barella, and Marcus Thuram proved decisive.
Leading Serie A with 35 points after 14 matches, Inter's manager, Simone Inzaghi, acknowledged the anticipated difficulties in Naples. Inzaghi highlighted their strategic approach, emphasizing the importance of pushing wing-backs against Napoli's full-backs. Despite the satisfaction of winning in Naples, Inzaghi remained grounded, recognizing the long journey ahead in the season.
Inter's prowess in away matches shines, boasting the highest number of victories (six) and conceding the fewest goals (two) among top-five European leagues. The setback deepens Napoli's title retention challenges, trailing Inter by 11 points and sitting in fifth place, level with AS Roma.
Napoli started energetically, testing Inter goalkeeper Yann Sommer with Eljif Elmas's powerful shot. Inter, wearing their orange third kit, initially struggled, but Calhanoglu broke the deadlock just before halftime with a precise low shot from outside the box.
In the second half, Napoli's offensive efforts continued, yet Inter's Barella skillfully doubled the lead in the 61st minute. Thuram sealed the victory with a goal five minutes from time, tapping home Juan Cuadrado's precise cross.
Inzaghi acknowledged Napoli's stature but praised his players for their deserving victory, acknowledging the risks faced during the match. The win solidifies Inter's position at the Serie A summit, marking a significant moment in their pursuit of the title.