Rome, Sept. 18 (BUS): Even without Romelu Lukaku and Antonio Conte, Inter Milan appears intent on successfully defending its Serie A title, according to the Associated Press.
The Nerazzurri beat visiting Bologna 6-1 on Saturday to continue their unbeaten start to the Italian Serie A.
Substitutes Eden Deco scored two late goals after Lautaro Martinez, Milan Skriniar, Nicolo Parilla and Matias Vecino gave the hosts a four-goal lead.
Arthur Theat reduced the difference for Bologna four minutes before the end.
The win provided some relief after two disappointing performances for Inter: a draw in Sampdoria last weekend and a Champions League defeat at home to Real Madrid.
Inter are one point ahead of Roma, Milan and Napoli – who are yet to play this weekend – and Fiorentina, who won 2-1 at Genoa earlier.
There was concern about Inter’s standing after Conte abruptly left the squad in May shortly after leading the club to their first Serie A title in more than a decade.
Conte has been openly concerned about the finances of Inter’s Chinese owners and his lack of input into the transfer market, and his concerns were confirmed when Lukaku was sold to Chelsea in August for $135 million, a record transfer fee for European champions.
Lukaku scored 64 goals in 95 matches across all competitions in his two seasons at Inter.
But under new coach Simone Inzaghi, Inter have so far had no problem making up for Lukaku’s goal loss.
With 15 goals scored in four matches, Inter have the most productive attacking in the league.