We knew this will happen someday, but no one was hoping it to happen today. After a dark decade of struggles and frustration, Inter are so close to winning the Scudetto. Antonio Conte’s men have shown the character and determination that only champions do. Inter announce their participation and founding member status in the European Super League. Love it or hate it. Inter’s Scudetto hopes are dead.
The domestic associations and leagues have all condemned this move from the 12 bigwigs in Europe. Irrespective of the ESL taking place or not, Inter, Juventus and Milan will face the music. While the official statement clearly states that no club will leave their domestic league, this is not going down well with the FAs. Some reports even suggest that these clubs will be sent to the bottom of the footballing pyramid (5th tier) to set a precedent.
Should Inter be in the ESL?
Let’s not talk about morals and how this league is going to cost us the Scudetto. Does Inter really belong to the European Super League? The answer, for now, is a humble and honest NO! We were out of the Champions League in the group stage itself. And it wasn’t even a group we couldn’t have won easily. When we cannot beat Shakhtar Donetsk to book a place in the next round are we among the best in Europe? More importantly, this has been the story of Inter’s European exploits for the past few seasons. We just can’t compete in the Champions League despite dominating the Europa League.
Internazionale broke away from AC Milan 113 years ago because the Rossoneri didn’t allow foreign players in the squad. Inter have their roots in inclusion and diversity more than any other club in the ESL. Our roots don’t allow us to exclude ourselves from the competition and isolate the smaller clubs. That is not Inter and this isn’t our club.
Apart from Juventus, the other two Milan clubs are going to struggle in the European Super League if it goes through. We are not strong enough to take on the likes of FC Barcelona, Manchester City and Real Madrid in mid-week fixtures. Yes, the club will earn unimaginable amounts of revenue through the league. But, will that even be football the way we know it?
Inter’s Scudetto hopes are dead and other consequences
Remember the 2014-15 season when we were 8th in the league? No one thought Inter will build a Scudetto winning dream team anytime soon back then. But, we did the impossible to prove everyone wrong this season. A Manager who is criticized by the Nerazzurri fans for every step he takes and a squad that made a massive comeback after a slow start to the season are watching this. They’ve worked so hard for the 9 point lead at the top of the table. We are dethroning 9-time champions and keeping away a resurgent Milan side for this Scudetto. It takes a lot to character to go out and do something like that on the field. But, our club is failing to understand that it takes an equal amount of character to wait for a decade just to see that trophy in the Nerazzurri ribbons.
There is a very good possibility that we will see a points penalty to miss out on the title. What’s worse is the fact that we can be sent to the bottom of the domestic pyramid. And we are a club that have never been relegated to a lower league.
Unfortunately, Inter’s Scudetto hopes are dead. What’s more unfortunate for every Interisti is that our club is helping kill football.