PREVIEW-Soccer-Stuttering Inter to stop the rot

After a month of February that slowed their title run, Inter Milan will be keen to revive their stuttering Serie A campaign in Genoa on Friday as they look to stop losing further ground to rivals AC Milan and Naples. The champions had won 16 of 22 league games before February but picked up just one point from three games this month, leaving them two points behind Milan and level with Napoli on 54 points. They do, however, have a game in hand on both sides.

And while they could be excused for losing to AC Milan and drawing Napoli, a 2-0 home loss to Sassuolo in mid-table suggested a deeper problem among the team of Simone Inzaghi, who also lost 2-0 at home to Liverpool in the Champions League. Last week. Inzaghi said he was “very angry” after the setback against Sassuolo, saying the players ignored his pre-match warnings about the threat the visitors posed.

There could also be a risk of complacency when Inter visit Genoa, who are penultimate in Serie A to have won only once all season. Inter are set to be boosted by the return of Germany full-back Robin Gosens, who signed on loan from Atalanta in January but has yet to make his debut after sustaining a thigh injury in September.

Italy’s title race is the tightest of Europe’s top five leagues and Inter were not the only ones to stumble against seemingly weaker opposition. Milan were held 2-2 by inferior side Salernitana, only avoiding an embarrassing defeat thanks to a 77th-minute Ante Rebic goal.

Napoli were then lucky to be top when visiting Cagliari, battling for relegation, but they only recovered a 1-1 draw with an even later equalizer, with Victor Osimhen appearing in the 87th minute to save a point. Milan host 16th-placed Udinese on Friday while Napoli face what appears to be the toughest game of the three title hunters, visiting sixth-placed Lazio on Sunday.

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