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VIDEO. Football: Marcus Thuram and Benjamin Pavard crowned Italian champions with Inter Milan after a crazy derby against AC Milan

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On its planet and in another galaxy, Inter Milan became this Monday, April 21, the second club in history to win the Italian championship title for the twentieth time by beating, the icing on the tiramisu, its great rival from AC Milan 2 to 1. A deserved title for the two French internationals.

A flying season! To the delight of their excited fans, the Nerazzurri won the Milan derby at San Siro, of which AC Milan was officially the host, thanks to goals from Francesco Acerbi (18th) and the French international Marcus Thuram (49th).

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The reduction of the score by Fikayo Tomori (80th) and a tense end to the match marked by three expulsions sent some shivers through the internal ranks, who however held on. Five days before the end of the season, they have an insurmountable lead of 17 points and are therefore already champions.

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Simone Inzaghi’s team has made calcio history: before it, only Juventus had reached, in 1982, the figure of twenty national titles which entitles them to embroider two golden stars on their jerseys.


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If Juve is far at the top of the historic Serie A list with the astronomical total of 36 titles – and three stars therefore – Inter has regained the ascendancy over AC Milan who had returned to their height in 2022 with his 19th title.

Only one defeat

Inter’s coronation was no longer in doubt for several weeks now, as the Nerazzurri dominate their subject and their rivals have multiplied their missteps.

The outgoing champion Naples quickly out of the equation, Inter spent almost the entire season in the lead, leaving only crumbs to AC Milan (leader after only the 8th day) and Juventus, briefly in the lead after the 21st day.

While Inter went on a string of victories (including a series of ten in a row between January and March), AC Milan compromised their chances in the fall, while Juve lost their footing during the first quarter of 2024 by pocketing seven small points in nine matches.

For his part, Inzaghi has set up a formidable winning machine: his team has only conceded one defeat in the league, against the modest Sassuolo team (2-1) at San Siro on September 27.

His record is impressive: 27 victories in 33 matches with by far the best attack (79 goals scored) and defense (18 conceded) in Serie A.

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He owes a lot to Lautaro Martinez, promoted this season to captain and top scorer in the championship (23), but also to a newcomer with a surname already well known in Serie A, Marcus Thuram.

Exceptional season which nevertheless leaves a bitter taste

Arriving last summer from Mönchengladbach, the French international, son of Lilian, who played for Parma (1996-2001) and Juventus (2001-06), had no problem adapting, as his twelve goals and seven assists in the league.

Marcus Thuram putting his jersey on the AC Milan corner post to celebrate the title. ???


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Inter also had a hollow nose by betting on Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer (19 matches without conceding a goal in the league) and on Frenchman Benjamin Pavard to strengthen their defense.

With Hakan Calhanoglu and Henrikh Mkhitaryan in charge in midfield, Inter can still break some records by the end of the season.

Her fantastic 2023-24 season will, however, remain marred by her elimination by Atletico Madrid in the round of 16 of the Champions League, in which she played in the final in 2023, and the accusations of racist insult during a match which targeted Acerbi, ultimately exempted by the Italian Federation.

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On the pitch at least, the future looks bright: Inzaghi and Martinez will extend, the arrivals of Mehdi Taremi (Porto) and Piotr Zielinski (Naples) have already been finalized.

Behind the scenes, it is much more vague: Inter, forced to sell to recruit, reduced their losses in 2022-23, but they still amounted to 85 million euros.

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Its owner since 2016, the Chinese group Suning of businessman Steven Zhang, is increasing its borrowing to try to keep its head above water: it has just reached an agreement with an American fund to repay a loan of 375 million euros contracted with the Oaktree fund.


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