Scudetto-bound Inter have been forced to play in the second division for the first time in their history to avoid automatic relegation.
With the season set to be a big test for the Rossoneri, the team’s chief executive Luca De Bologna has decided to play them in the third division for this season and beyond.
He has chosen to play the Rossa B team in the Coppa Italia final against Bolognese rivals Lazio and it will be the first Italian final in the Europa League, which is scheduled for May 8.
“We have to play a lot of games in the league and we have a good chance of avoiding relegation,” said De Bolicna.
“I will give our players and our fans the best chance.”
Inter have only won two of their last 10 league matches and have not made the top four since the 1-0 win at Sampdoria in the first leg of their Champions League play-off last season.
With Inter leading 2-0 at the break, the game ended 1-1 with Inter’s players and supporters celebrating with the score at 2-2.
Inter coach Paulo Dybala had hoped to bring his team back into the competition after their Europa League exit from the last-16 last season and now has a chance to repeat his form with his team facing Lazio.
“They are very strong,” Dybali said.
The season opener will be against Lazio, who will play their first competitive league game since December 20, when they were beaten 2-1 at Stadio San Paolo.”
For us it is important to try to play at a high level and to make our team work.”
The season opener will be against Lazio, who will play their first competitive league game since December 20, when they were beaten 2-1 at Stadio San Paolo.