FIFA 18: Inter Milan Career Mode Guide, player ratings, tactics, formations & tips

Inter Milan are getting back to their best in Serie A. With a thin squad can you challenge for the Italian title on FIFA 18?

Alastair Pusinelli by Alastair Pusinelli

Inter Milan have had a difficult few years, last winning the Serie A under Jose Mourinho in a famous treble winning season in 2010. The current campaign has shown they can now compete at the top end of the table once more, and if you’re looking for an underdog with a big name on FIFA 18’s Career Mode, Inter can be the club for you. An old school club, with plenty of grit, it may not always be pretty at the San Siro, but this season they’ve been getting the job done.

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Team Rating

It’s a four and a half star rating for Inter Milan, which reflects their 81 overall rating. This consists of an 83 attack, 81 midfield and 78 defence.

Formation

Inter’s default system may be a 4-2-3-1, but we have adjusted this to a 4-3-3 attack to be marginally more attacking. If you want a more disciplined side, go for a 4-3-3 holding system.

Samir Handanovic goes in the net, with a back four of Joao Cancelo, Milan Skriniar, the impenetrable Miranda (88 standing tackle) and left back Dalbert.

Rafinha, Marcelo Brozovic and Borja Valero are the midfield trio, with Antonio Candreva and the tricky Ivan Perisic (86 dribbling) in the wide areas. Captain and premier marksman Mauro Icardi (90 finishing) leads the line.

On the bench, opt for Daniele Padelli, Lisandro Lopez, Davide Santon, Matias Vecino, Roberto Gagliardini, Yann Karamoh and Eder. 

Tactics

With this formation, be sure to get the ball out wide as much as you can. Antonio Candreva (83 crossing) and Ivan Perisic (84 crossing) have the ability to find Mauro Icardi in the box, or drive towards the goal. Icardi’s ability in the air (92 jumping) means you should whip the ball in plenty, but you also have the option of utilising Borja Valero (89 short passing). The Spaniard’s technical ability allows you to beat defenders and find passes to the front three. 

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Training

Training presents the opportunity to improve your players, especially for those who are not first team regulars. To get the most out of your time, use the high growth members of the squad, these include Mauro Icardi, Roberto Gagliardini, Milan Skriniar, Joao Cancelo and Dalbert.

The Transfer Market

Starting transfer budget: £35 million

Starting wage budget: £151,000 a week

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Who should go

With a very small squad, you can’t afford to let more than one player leave the club in the summer. You can let third choice goalkeeper Tommaso Berni (OVR 64) move away, and he will collect you £150,000 and free up £10,000 a week in your wage budget. 

Who to sign

New transfer budget: £35 million

New wage budget: £161,000 a week

Another wide option

Your only players in wide areas are Antonio Candreva, Ivan Perisic and the on loan Yann Karamoh. Striker Eder can play there if needed, as can some of your full backs, but you need one more conventional winger. Top of your shopping list should be Hertha Berlin’s Salomon Kalou (OVR 80). The former Chelsea man may be 31, but for £19.4 million and £33,000 a week wages you can’t really complain. The left midfielder or striker has attributes of 87 dribbling, 85 ball control and 84 penalties making him a superb option off the bench.

Alternative options:

  • Lautaro Acosta – Atletico Lanus, Age 29, OVR 78, POT 78, Cost: £10 million, Wage: £21,000
  • Joaozinho – Krasnodar, Age 28, OVR 78, POT 78, Cost: £11 million, Wage: £41,000
  • Ignacio Piatti – Montreal Impact, Age 32, OVR 80, POT 80, Cost: £14.7 million, Wage: £12,000
  • Nicolai Muller – Hamburg, Age 29, OVR 78, POT 78, Cost: £12 million, Wage: £35,000
  • Matteo Politano – Sassuolo, Age 23, OVR 77, POT 82, Cost: £18.7 million, Wage: £46,000

Right back

If you bring in another right back, it gives you the option of playing Joao Cancelo as a right winger, and with the Portuguese only on loan you will need a new starter their next season, anyway. Porto’s Maxi Pereira (OVR 78) can help ease the transition, and the 33-year-old can be yours for just £7 million with £13,000 a week wages. That cost will get you the Uruguayan international’s 88 aggression, 83 balance, 83 sliding tackle. 

Alternative options:

  • Darijo Srna – Shakhtar Donetsk, Age 35, OVR 81, POT 81, Cost: £7.1 million, Wage: £880
  • Gokhan Gonul – Besiktas, Age 32, OVR 78, POT 78, Cost: £9.2 million, Wage: £41,000
  • Stephan Lichtsteiner – Juventus, Age 33, OVR 81, POT 81, Cost: £10.2 million, Wage: £92,000
  • Rafinha – Bayern Munich, Age 31, OVR 78, POT 78, Cost: £10.2 million, Wage: £69,000
  • Dusan Basta – Lazio, Age 32, OVR 79, POT 79, Cost: £10.5 million, Wage: £48,000

Contracts

Just three men have contracts running out at Inter Milan this season, and they are all straightforward to deal with. You will certainly want to be keeping hold of defenders Miranda and Davide Santon, but you have no need for goalkeeper Tommaso Berni. 

Managerial objectives

With Inter falling from where they were almost a decade ago, there is a lack of direction in the objectives from the board. Brand exposure is the most important goal, and for this you will need to gain £106 million from shirt sales, and earn £17.6 million from winnings over the next three seasons. If you perform well and score plenty in your first season your shirt sales objective should take care of itself and allow you to kick on and fight for trophies in your second season in charge.

Domestic success is of high importance, and for this you must reach the quarterfinals of the Italian Cup, and win the Serie A title. With your squad, this is an unrealistic aim, so you’ll need to make sure you achieve all your other gaols.

For continental success you will need to qualify for the Champions Cup (Champions League) through your league position and reach the semifinals of the competition within three seasons. With no European football this year, this is definitely achievable, and if you make some good signings over the next few years, you may have a squad that can go the distance in Europe’s premier competition.

In youth development you’ll need to sign a player from your academy and play them in 10 matches over the season. You will also need to sign a defender from your academy, so you can combine these two tasks. 

Lastly, your financial goal is to finish with a profit margin of £44 million for the season. Perhaps keep some of your transfer budget back, and if you are looking good at the turn of the year, you can spend it in January. 

Take back the crown

It’s time to wrestle back the initiative in Italy. Inter have shown this season that they can compete with their biggest rivals, and although their title challenge has fallen off, with a bigger squad they could go the distance. Signing well on a tight budget is your toughest task, but if you go out and find some shrewd buys or bring players through the youth academy, you could set yourself up for silverware in the next couple of seasons. 

Full Inter Milan squad player ratings

Player

Age

Pos

Country

OVR

POT

Value

Wage

Goalkeepers

Samir Handanovic

32

GK

Slovenia

88

88

£50.9m

£106k

Daniele Padelli

31

GK

Italy

74

74

£3m

£34k

Tommaso Berni

34

GK

Italy

64

64

£150k

£10k

Defenders

Miranda

32

CB

Brazil

85

85

£25m

£84k

Milan Skriniar

22

CB

Slovakia

80

88

£31.8m

£51k

Joao Cancelo

23

RB

RW

RM

Portugal

79

86

On Loan

£28k

Lisandro Lopez

27

CB

Argentina

77

77

On Loan

£12k

Dalbert

23

LB

LWB

LM

Brazil

76

82

£15m

£42k

Davide Santon

26

LB

RB

Italy

75

76

£8m

£42k

Andrea Ranocchia

29

CB

Italy

76

76

£9m

£52k

Danilo D’Ambrosio

28

RB

Italy

75

75

£8.2m

£44k

Zinho Vanheusden

17

CB

Belgium

65

82

£1.9m

£6k

Midfielders

Ivan Perisic

28

LM

CAM

Croatia

86

86

£67.3m

£114k

Borja Valero

32

CAM

CM

CDM

Spain

83

83

£29.9m

£70k

Rafinha

24

CM

RM

RW

Brazil

81

86

On Loan

£123k

Marcelo Brozovic

24

CM

CDM

Croatia

81

84

£34.4m

£57k

Antonio Candreva

30

RM

CAM

Italy

81

81

£25.4m

£65k

Matias Vecino

25

CDM

CM

Uruguay

79

82

£21.1m

£57k

Roberto Gagliardini

23

CDM

CM

Italy

78

85

On Loan

£21k

Assane Gnoukouri

20

CM

Ivory Coast

70

80

£4.8m

£25k

Attackers

Mauro Icardi

24

ST

Argentina

86

90

£92.2m

£106k

Eder

30

ST

LW

Italy

80

80

£21.7m

£71k

Yann Karamoh

18

RW

RM

LW

France

71

85

On Loan

£10k

Andrea Pinamonti

18

ST

Italy

62

80

£1.3m

£6k

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Alastair Pusinelli

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