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The former Nerazzurri star believes Simeone Inzaghi can ensure Scudetto returns to the San Siro in 2021-22, now an arch-rival has been weakened
Christian Vieri believes Inter are favorites for the Serie A title after Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure from Juventus.
Ronaldo ended his three-year stay at Juve by signing again for Manchester United in a £ 20m ($ 28 million) deal on deadline day.
Bianconeri dropped to fourth place in Serie A in the Portuguese’s final year in Turin, but he fired them to Scudetto in both of his previous seasons, and Vieri believes his absence will give Inter an advantage as they would bid for the 2021 trophy. -22.
What has been said?
It has been suggested that people like Federico Chiesa and Paulo Dybala will step in to fill the void left by Ronaldo, but Vieri now believes Simeone Inzaghi has a stronger team available at the San Siro than Massimiliano Allegri has at the Allianz Stadium. .
“Who wins Scudetto? Before Cristiano Ronaldo left, I said: Juve attacked stronger, Juve stronger,” said the former Nerazzurri striker Gazzetta dello Sport. “Now I put Inter ahead. I’m not convinced when I hear speeches like ‘now Dybala, [Alvaro] Morata and Chiesa will provide more. “
Juve managed to bring Moise Kean back to the club from Everton to strengthen their attacking lines after Ronaldo’s exit, but Vieri is in great doubt as to whether he can have a similar effect.
“When Ronaldo leaves, there is no better choice, someone else has to score the goals he scored,” he added. “Kean? I don’t think so, but you have to judge him after an entire championship.”
Who has Inter in front?
Inter lost their own talismanic figure in the summer transfer window, with Romelu Lukaku returning to Chelsea for £ 98 million ($ 135 million) after two impressive years in the Italian capital.
Lukaku scored 24 goals to help the Nerazzurri win the Scudetto for the first time in 11 years of last term, but Inzaghi has been able to bring in Edin Dzeko from Roma as his replacement. Inter also still have Lautaro Martinez and Alexis Sanchez to call, while Joaquin Correa can provide extra support after joining the club on loan from Lazio.
Asked whether Dzeko can take the cloak from Lukaku and be discriminating in the final third, Vieri replied: “Lukaku is irreplaceable, but Inter have taken Dzeko: he does not have the same physical power, he is six years older, but he is a technical forward, of the highest quality, he scores goals and makes the team play well.
“You can not replace Lukaku, but you can try to replace him and Inter have done well with Dzeko.”