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Inter Milan vs Parma: Scouting the Enemy

Parma North America stops by ahead of the beginning of Inter’s Coppa Italia title defense

Ascoli v Parma - Serie B Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images

With Inter set to face off against Parma for the first time since the 2020/21 season, it gave us the perfect opportunity to check back in with Parma North America. You can and should follow him on Twitter here for all of Parma content you need. A big thank you to him for stopping by!

Parma Calcio v FC Internazionale - Serie A TIM Photo by Ciro Santangelo/BSR Agency/Getty Images

Q: What’s been up with Parma since its relegation at the end of the 2020/21 season?

A: Parma have really struggled to find their identity since their relegation. Last year we had a mid-table finish with one of the highest payrolls in Serie B. It was unacceptable. This year things have been better as players have grown and gotten more comfortable in their new roles under new coach Fabio Pecchia.

Q: What does a successful second half to the season look like? Is promotion on the horizon?

A: Success this season will be promotion playoffs. Right now we sit in 6th place. 9 points away from auto promotion. Parma have not been consistent enough for the top 2, so we will have to hope for promotion playoffs.

Dennis Man (R) of Parma Calcio celebrates with Franco... Photo by Nicolò Campo/LightRocket via Getty Images

Q: What are Parma’s strengths and players for Inter to keep an eye out for?

A: It depends on what lineup Pecchia goes with because Serie B promotion is our top priority but a few players to watch are 21-year-old Adrian Bernabé, winger Dennis Man, and Jayden Oosterwolde who is one of my personal favorites to watch. He is a left-back who has really been solid this year for Parma.

Q: On the flip side, what are Parma’s weaknesses?

A: Parma’s weakness is themselves. They can be as good or as bad as they wish to be. Mentally they can be a fragile team who struggle to hold leads. Rarely will they play a full 90 good minutes. Even when up multiple goals, I never feel safe.

FC Internazionale v Parma Calcio - Serie A Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images

Q: And lastly, what’s your prediction for Tuesday?

A: My prediction is 3-1 Inter. I think Parma keep it close for 60 minutes or so and then Inter pull away.