It's somewhat surreal to think that, less than two weeks ago, Juventus effectively ended Inter's title chances with by beating them 2-0 at an empty Allianz Stadium. 


At that point, the coronavirus outbreak was on everyone's minds and the game was a reminder of how insignificant football ​can feel sometimes. It was a Derby d'Italia, a game between two teams competing for a title, yet no one seemed to care all that much. 


Regardless, it's expected that the 2019/20 Serie A season will be completed in some form. Whether it'll be through play-offs or whether games will be extended into the summer to allow clubs to fulfil their fixtures is currently unknown. 


With this in mind, here's a look at how Inter's season has gone so far, how it could potentially go should the season continue, and what the long-term future holds for the club. 


As it Stands

Milan Skriniar

Antonio Conte's side hit a little bit of a rough patch before the break from football was enforced. Top of the table as recently as February 9, they subsequently faced Lazio and ​Juventus - two games they'd hope to get at least a point from to keep their title challenge going. 


Instead, they lost both of them, and ​Inter dropped to third place, eight points behind the seemingly unstoppable Lazio in second place and nine points behind Maurizio Sarri's Juventus in first. 


I Nerazzurri do have a game in hand over Lazio and Juventus, but their title prospects now rely on both of those sides losing their momentum, which seems unlikely. 


Regardless, after nearly a decade in the footballing wilderness, Conte has transformed Inter into a side respected across Europe again, and they can be proud of the advances they've made on the pitch this season - even if they end up only qualifying for the ​Champions League

Antonio Conte

They're still in the Coppa Italia, with the second leg of their semi-final clash with Napoli set for March 5 postponed. Inter suffered a disappointing 1-0 home defeat in the first leg and will be hoping to overturn that result when they visit the Stadio San Paolo for the second. 


Inter, following their defeat of Bulgarian side Ludogorets in the round of 32, have reached the round of 16 of the Europa League, where they are set to face ​La Liga side Getafe. 


Azulones have very much proven that they are a team not to be underestimated, as evidenced by their victory over last seasons Champions League semi-finalists, Ajax, in the round of 16. Given Inter's standing in the competition, however, they'll be confident of seeing out Getafe and going all the way. 


Injury Status and Potential Returns

Stefano Sensi

Stefano Sensi's loan spell at Inter, despite occasional flashes of brilliance, has been plagued by injuries. His latest problem is a foot injury and it is not known when he'll be available for Conte to pick again. 


This enforced break may be a blessing in disguise for Sensi, however, as he may have time to regain his fitness and be available to fulfil Inter's remaining games should they go ahead. 


Remaining Fixtures and Season Projection

Romelu Lukaku

Inter's league season was paused with 13 fixtures yet to be fulfilled. Though it is still unknown what option the footballing authorities will pick in terms of completing the season, let's say, theoretically, that they allow 2019/20 to be completed in full. 


Listed below is a prediction of how their remaining fixtures will turn out, how many total points they'll accumulate and where they'll end up in the league table. 


​FixturesPrediction
​Sampdoria (H)Win​
​Sassuolo (H)Win​
​Parma (A)Win​
​Brescia (H)Win​
​Bologna (H)Win​
​Hellas Verona (A)Draw​
​Torino (H)Win​
​SPAL (A)Win​
​Roma (A)Draw
​Fiorentina (H)Win​
​Genoa (A)Win​
​Napoli (H)Win​
Atalanta (A)Lose​


Total Points Projection: 85

Predicted Finish: 3rd 


Having already faced ​Milan, Lazio and Juventus in this half of the season, Inter have a relatively trouble-free end-of-season run-in, with seven of their 13 fixtures being against teams in the bottom half of the league, though expect Conte's side to have a few trips here and there. 


Hellas Verona, who surprisingly find themselves competing for a Europa League spot following their promotion from Serie B last season, have earned themselves a reputation for taking big scalps, defeating the likes of Juventus and earning draws against Lazio and Milan, so Inter may well struggle when they visit the Bentegodi. 


I Nerazzurri also have to endure a visit to the Gewiss Stadium to face the formidable Atalanta, where, given their recent record against Gian Piero Gasperini's side, they could suffer a final day defeat. 

FC Internazionale v Atalanta BC - Serie A

These favourable fixtures and the fact that their title chances have been recently diminished may cause Conte to focus his efforts on the Coppa Italia and the Europa League, both competitions where they have a good chance of winning their first piece of silverware since 2011. 


Player Contract Status


Ashley Young has impressed for Inter since joining from ​Manchester United in the January transfer window and it looks likely that the club will activate their option to keep him on for another year. However, Young's former United teammate, ​Alexis Sanchez, probably won't be signed by the club permanently following a disappointing loan spell at San Siro.


Inter have options to make their loan deals for Victor Moses, Stefano Sensi and Cristian Biraghi, permanent in the summer. Other contract expiries include fringe, ageing, players such as Borja Valero, Daniele Padelli and Tommaso Berni. 

Victor Moses

Inter currently have over 20 players out on loan. Yann Karamoh, at Parma, Andrea Pinamonti, at Genoa, and Matteo Politano, at ​Napoli, will not be returning to the club as their loan deals included an obligation to buy clause. 


The loan deals for ​Mauro Icardi, Ivan Perisic, Valentino Lazaro and Joao Mario include a clause in which their clubs have an option to buy, though regardless of what path those clubs choose, their time at Inter appears to be over. 


Summer Transfer Plans

Jan Vertonghen

In recent weeks, Inter have been linked with ​Tottenham defender ​Jan Vertonghen and ​Chelsea full-back ​Marcos Alonso, though no rumours have persisted as of late. 


Potentially outgoing, however, is Lautaro Martinez. The young striker has been sensational for I Nerazzurri this season, forming a deadly striking partnership with ​Romelu Lukaku. These performances have reportedly resulted in ​interest in the Argentine from Barcelona, Chelsea, and Manchester City


Long-Term Targets


The long-term target for Inter, after so many years of struggle, is to compete again for league titles and become a formidable outfit in Europe. It's early days, of course, as demonstrated by this season's struggles in the Champions League and recent inconsistency in ​Serie A


They are a club very much on the up though, and expect them, as they further strengthen their squad under Antonio Conte, to eventually unseat Juventus from their supremacy of the Italian top flight.