Sometimes the introductory words of a new owner of a football club are prescient. And it must be emphasized on occasions, because the most common, sadly, is that that initial energy and those promises of the first days fall into oblivion when sports failures accumulate. But luckily for Inter Milan in the case of the Zhang family, the owners of the club since 2018, theirs were more than foreboding.
When in 2018 Zhang took over the majority of the shareholding package of the milanista entity, he said that of “The time has come to talk about success again”. The centennial team had then 8 long years without lifting a title (the Champions of Mourinho, Eto’oy company) in a drought that seemed to have no end. But Zhang was clear that this would be over as soon as the foundation for solid growth was laid. with a serious sports project with Antonio Conte at the helm.
Said and done: three consecutive years qualifying for the Champions League, of which they were out some seasons, a runner-up (last year), a final of the Europa League. With all this behind him, the only thing missing was the first title to put in your mouth and that is getting closer every day. With only 9 rounds left for Serie A to end, Inter are 11 points ahead of their neighbors, AC Milan, and at 12 to the all-powerful Juventus of Turin.
If nothing strange happens, Inter Milan will lift a title in the coming weeks that will convert its owner, Steven Zhang, the first foreign owner in Italy to get a title in the transalpine country. This will put an end to a dynasty, that of Juve, which has lasted a whopping 9 years.
Now the doubts are the following: Will Inter remain at the top of Italian football for more years or have these last two seasons been a mirage? Will Conte continue beyond the summer? Will they manage to be a tough team in Europe as it was in the first decade of the 2000s? To answer all these questions we will have to wait a little longer.