Inter Milan on the cusp of Serie A title after decade-long drought

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Italian giants Inter Milan could be crowned Serie A champions for the first time in over a decade on Saturday.

Antonio Conte’s men are away to relegation-threatened Crotone. If Inter win and second-placed Atalanta, who are 11 points off top spot, fail to claim all three points at Sassuolo on Sunday, Inter will lift their 19th Serie A crown with four games to go.

Inter could also be crowned champions with a draw if Atalanta lose. But other results would have to go their way.

Nezazzuri finished one point behind Juventus last year and also lost the Europa League final to Sevilla.

Inter’s Chinese president Steven Zhang returned to Milan this week for the run-in to the title celebrations.

And despite the pressure midfielder Nicolo Barella said the team was in a “calm frame of mind” having come close last season.

“We had the same objective last season. We lost a final and this galvanised us,” said Barella.

“We transformed the experience into something positive. This year, we’re in the position we wanted to be in.

“We’re a well-balanced side that has found an identity.”

Barella scored in Inter’s 2-0 win over Juventus in the San Siro in January, “the match that made us aware of our strength,” the Italian said.

“Beating the team that had dominated for years was important.”

Top Inter scorers Romelu Lukaku (21) and Lautaro Martínez (15) will be eager to find the net having both failed to score in the past four games.

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By FARPost Reporter

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