epa09350988 Lugano's player Mattia Bottani (L) fights for the ball with Inter's player Matteo Darmian during the pre-season friendly soccer match between FC Lugano and FC Inter Milan, at Cornaredo Stadium in Lugano, Switzerland, 17 July 2021. EPA-EFE/Samuel Golay

Inter defender Matteo Darmian believes Edin Dzeko will help the Nerazzurri despite Romelu Lukaku’s exit and hopes to see Christian Eriksen back in action soon.



The Nerazzurri have begun their post-Conte era with back to back wins against Genoa and Hellas Verona. They face Sampdoria at Marassi on Sunday.

“We wanted to start in the best way, despite the many changes. We’ve created a solid group and a winning mentality. [Simone] Inzaghi has brought his ideas, continuing the work of [Antonio] Conte,” Darmian told Sky Sport Italia.

“We are trying to put into practice what he is telling us. The pitch will say if we are the favourites to win the league, we can only work and think about ourselves,” he continued.

The Nerazzurri won the title last season, but saw Conte, Lukaku and Achraf Hakimi leave during the summer transfer window.

Club’s owner Suning need to balance the books and gain €80m from the summer transfer window, so two of their stars had to leave.

However, the Serie A champions signed Edin Dzeko, Denzel Dumfries, Hakan Calhanoglu and Joaquin Correa to strengthen their team.

“Dzeko and Lukaku are different players, but they are both very strong. I am sure Edin will help us this season by scoring many goals,” the former Manchester United defender said.

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“Calhanoglu and Eriksen are more similar, perhaps Christian moves towards the ball in a deeper position, while Hakan likes to finish the attack.

“It’s nice to talk about Chris in a positive way, we want to see him back in action. He’s given us so much positive energy and we’ve tried to do the same with him. We are all waiting for him.”

Eriksen will have a medical examination with a Danish cardiologist next month, hoping to get the go-ahead to resume training.

Darmian, a former Manchester United defender, also commented on Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Old Trafford.

The former Juventus star is expected to make his season debut with the Red Devils against Newcastle on Saturday.

“Ronaldo still has a lot to give, I wish him and Manchester United the best and I hope United can win something important soon,” he concluded.


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