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What A Difference Five Years Makes

I was looking back through our old posts today, and I came across a post from 2013 where Inter announced its 25-man roster that was part of Walter Mazzarri’s first team squad heading into pre-season.

Since Inter also announced the squad that Luciano Spalletti would be working with today, I thought it would be fun to compare the two.

Goalkeepers:
2013 Squad: Handanovic, Castellazzi, Juan Pablo Carrizo
2018 Squad: Berni, Dekic, Handanovic, Padelli

The common thread here is Samir Handanovic who is one of the few leftovers from the 2013 team. Is he a better goalkeeper than he was then?

Defenders:
2013 Squad: Samuel, Chivu, Ranocchia, Jesus, Jonathan, Mbaye, Campagnaro, Andreolli, Nagatomo, Pereira
2018 Squad: Asamoah, D’Ambrosio, Dalbert, de Vrij, Nolan, Ranocchia, Skriniar, Zappa

With the summer signings of Stefan de Vrij and Kwadwo Asamoah to go with Milan Skriniar, I don’t think there is any debate that the 2018 squad is better.

Midfielders:
2013 Squad: Cambiasso, Alvarez, Kovacic, Mudingayi, Obi, Guarin, Kuzmanovic
2018 Squad: Emmers, Gagliardini, Nainggolan, Roric, Borja Valero

Even with a smaller group due to the World Cup, is there any doubt that Roberto Gagliardini, Radja Nainggolan and Borja Valero are not better than an aging Esteban Cambiasso, a very young Mateo Kovacic and the inconsistent Fredy Guarin and Ricky Alvarez?

Forwards
2013 Squad: Palacio, Milito, Longo, Belfodil, Icardi
2018 Squad: Candreva, Colidio, Eder, Karamoh, Icardi, Lautaro Martinez, Politano

In 2013 Icardi had just arrived from Sampdoria and he was battling Palacio and an injured Diego Milito for the starting stop. Fast forward five years and Icardi is the best goalscorer in Serie A and Lautaro Martinez and Matteo Politano give Spalletti some options that were not available to Walter Mazzarri.

Overall
I think you can make the case the present Inter squad is better in all phases than the 2013 team that finished fifth in Serie A.

What squad do you think was stronger?

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