​Antonio Conte was victorious in his initial game in charge of Inter as objectives from Marcelo Brozovic, Stefano Sensi, Romelu Lukaku and Antonio Candreva gave the Nerazzurri a four- win more than Lecce.

Lukaku’s debut started with a barnstorming run via the heart of the visitors’ midfield, even though the record-signing saw his wild work cannon away off a defender. Regardless, the bustling burst forward got the San Siro crowd rocking.

Stefano Sensi

The ​Inter faithful wouldn’t have to wait extended for the deadlock to be broken, having said that, Brozovic bending a wicked shot far beyond the attain of Gabriel in the Lecce aim. Just 3 minutes later, fellow midfielder Sensi doubled the lead with an angled drive into the far corner.

Play became stretched throughout the middle third of the contest as each sides went in search of the all-significant third of the game. It was Lukaku who grabbed it, the former ​Manchester United striker capitalising right after Lautaro Martinez’s fierce work was spilled by the opposition ‘keeper.

The evening got worse for the leading-flight newbies when Diego Farias was shown a straight red card for a vile rake down the back of Nicolo Barella’s leg in the closing stages. Even extra salt was rubbed into the Lecce wounds by Candreva, as the wing-back sent a 30-yard blast swerving into the leading corner.


Crucial Speaking Point

Hold your horses. This was a bullish, dominant efficiency from Conte’s side, but keep in mind who the opponents have been. It is no slight on the Salentini to say they will most likely be scrapping it out close to the foot of the table and that there will be far tougher tests for Inter in 2019/20.

Nonetheless, a win is a win and there have been encouraging indicators from some of the summer season signings. A handful of pundits have tipped this side to mount a really serious challenge for the Scudetto. On the proof of tonight, you certainly would not rule it out.


Lukaku showed the sort of energy and drive that produced him so feared throughout his time at ​Everton and Sensi seems an astute acquisition right after linking play effectively in the middle of the park. Aside from the standout duo, the whole lineup showed good quality and assurance.

It was by no implies a faultless displaying from the Nerazzurri, but their supporters can be hopeful going into the new season. Their £74m frontman appears like he has a point to prove and Conte has some exciting talents at his disposal.

Player Ratings

Beginning XI: Handanovic (six), D’Ambrosio (six), Ranocchia (7), Skriniar (five) Candreva (eight), Vecino (six), Brozovic (six), Sensi (eight), Asamoah (six) Martinez (five), Lukaku (eight*).

Substitutes: Politano (eight), Gagliardini (six), Barella (six).

STAR MAN – Romelu Lukaku

Sensi was marvellous in the midfield. On an ordinary day, he would have been the man of the match, but this was no ordinary day.

When a club splashes out the sort of eye-watering sum Inter paid for Lukaku, the new arrival just has to execute. There is heavy scrutiny and terrific expectation the massive man extra than coped with each.


At Old Trafford, he was undeservedly labelled as immobile. Just 1 match into his ​Serie A career, Lukaku has proved all of his doubters incorrect.

Various instances, the forward charged previous Lecce defenders like they weren’t there, almost collecting a couple of assists for his efforts.


Hunting Ahead

A trip to Cagliari is subsequent on Inter’s agenda, the Rossoblu getting lost their opening Serie A fixture at residence to newly-promoted Brescia.

While Conte requires his males to the island of Sardinia on Sunday, Lecce play host to Verona at the Stadio By way of del Mare.