(AP) – Even without Romelu Lukaku and Antonio Conte, Inter Milan seem determined to successfully defend their Italian Serie A title.
The Nerazzurri crushed Bologna 6-1 on Saturday to extend their unbeaten streak at the start of the Italian league.
Substitute Edin Dzeko scored two late goals after Lautaro Martínez, Milan Skriniar, Nicolo Barella and Matias Vecino gave the hosts a four-point lead.
Arthur Theate scored one for Bologna four minutes before the game ended.
The victory brought some relief after two frustrating performances for Inter: a draw against Sampdoria last weekend and a home loss to Real Madrid in the Champions League.
Inter moved to the top of the standings, one point above Roma, Milan, Napoli, who will play this weekend, and Fiorentina, who beat Genoa 2-1.
There were concerns about Inter’s situation after Conte left the team in May shortly after guiding the team to its first Italian league title in more than a decade.
But under new manager Simone Inzaghi, Inter have so far had no trouble making up for Lukaku’s goal loss.
With 15 goals in four games, Inter have the most productive attack in Serie A.