Inter chief Marotta preparing for ‘unique and different’ Serie A season

epa07233842 Inter's Ceo Giuseppe Marotta (c) attends the Italian Serie A soccer match between FC Inter and Udinese Calcio at 'Giuseppe Meazza' stadium in Milan, Italy, 15 December 2018. EPA-EFE/MATTEO BAZZI

Inter director Beppe Marotta warns the 2022-23 season will be ‘unique and completely different’ because of the early start and World Cup break. ‘A large squad will be more necessary than ever.’

The fixture list was drawn up today and Serie A begins far earlier than usual, on the weekend of August 14, cramming a run of games in before November’s World Cup in Qatar.

“It is a unique and completely different Serie A season we’ve never seen before, as by November 13 we’ll have 15 rounds played, along with the Champions League matches,” Marotta told Radio 1 RAI.

“Everyone has to take this into account and a large squad becomes more necessary than ever, because the compression of games could have a knock-on effect of muscular injuries.”

Serie A 2022-23 full fixture list

Another difference this season is that the transfer window won’t close until after four rounds have already been played, meaning teams are still in flux.

“This too is a situation that will have to be dealt with. Some agents will certainly complain, but we as directors must try to keep everything as calm as possible, preventing some even tense exchanges between players and agents.”

The Derby della Madonnina will be played in Week 5, at the start of September, but there is also the change that this season if two teams finish level at the top or in the relegation battle, they will go to a play-off rather than be separated by head-to-head record.

“The derby is pretty early in the season, but I think both Inter and Milan will be in condition to put on a show for our football movement, not just in Italy, but also abroad.”

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