Interesting start from Calciomercato.com that shows that Inter this season are off to a better start than Jose Mourinho’s treble-winning side.
Comparing stats from different seasons is always fun, but lets be clear. I am in no way comparing Spalletti’s side with Mourinho’s side. Mourinho had a team full of serial winners. Spalletti has a side that has started a season well.
That being said lets compare the two! Mourinho’s side won eight of its first 13 matches in all competitions, compared to this Inter side which has won nine.
Spalletti’s side have also conceded fewer goals. Both seasons have had a bogey game. For Spalletti, it was the home defeat against Parma which asked some questions of the team and the manager. For Mourinho, it was a draw with Bari, coming after the Supercoppa Italiana defeat to Lazio 2-1. Mourinho’s side had scored more goals at this point, finding the net 29 times, 9 times more than Spalletti’s side has up to this point.
Inter today have conceded just 10 goals this season; compared to the 12 of Mourinho’s team. Only twice this season has Samir Handanovic conceded more than one goal and the same goalkeeper has bettered Julio Cesar’s clean sheet tally 5 to 4.
The challenge for Spalletti is to keep on building on this good start. Nobody is expecting him to win Serie A, Coppa Italia or the Champions League this season. Inter fans would probably be happy with finishing second, winning the and reaching the Champions League knockout stages.