We've seen the stats. Eight 1-0 scorelines out of 10 total wins. Fewest chances created among the division's top sides; fewest shots on goal when compared to those teams as well.

But despite yet another single goal margin victory against Genoa on Saturday, Inter supporters should be pleased by the on-the-field strides that are being made as displayed by the last few matches.

Roberto Mancini inherited his former side in November of 2014 and wasted no time in the subsequent transfer window to begin forming the team of his liking. Unfortunately, ensuing performances weren't spectacular and the Nerazzurri finished eighth, missing out on European play this season.

Likened to the catenaccio days of Fabio Capello's Milan, Mancini's style isn't one for the neutrals looking to be oohed and awed they'll have to turn to Maurizio Sarri's Napoli or Paulo Sousa's Fiorentina to receive that delight.

No, Mancini has trusted his old ways and implemented his preferred tactics and style. Along with help in the transfer market, the 51-year-old has transformed Inter's defence into the stingiest in Italy's first division, having conceded just nine times in 15 outings.

But up until recently, Mancini's approach in creating a solid unit that defends well has produced an Inter side labouring to create many chances and lacking clear inventiveness and unpredictability; much of the attacking unit has also been tweaked match per match too.

Despite that, the Nerazzurri haven't slowed down by any means. No, they've continued to trudge along week after week, finding goals from all angles and situations, not caring how they got them. Inter's top goalscorer this season in Mauro Icardi has scored just four times, the lowest tally of any of the top five side's hottest marksmen.

Yet as we're approaching the second half of the season, the biggest difference for this Inter side has been their increased attacking and creative output over the last month. They're clearly improving in an area where they struggled and that spells danger for other Scudetto contenders.

You'd have to point to none other than Inter Milan's Adem Ljajic for a major burst of freshness and creativity into Mancini's side, slowly eroding away the "boring" tag Inter have been handed this term.

The 24-year-old, who has found a starting role under Mancini for four out of the last five Serie A games, often struggled with consistency at both Fiorentina and Roma, but is now becoming the player we had all hoped would blossom into.

Over this run of matches, the Serbian international has thoroughly impressed, providing three assists and two goals; the last time Ljajic hit goals in consecutive league matches was in November 2014. The attacker has also created 26 chances for Inter, the most out of his side.

After going a man down and losing 2-0 against Napoli, Ljajic's unbridled enthusiasm and belief made him Inter's best player on the night, managing to also edge one past Pepe Reina after 534 minutes of invincibility.

Ljajic's pace, trickery and close control allows him to trouble opposing defences, look for the pass in behind or simply take players on with his talent to drive toward goal. With a determined approach, he often starts his runs out wide before cutting inside to look for teammates or to fire a shot.

Looking at the recent match against Genoa, Inter created quite a few good chances against the Grifone but were unable to hit the target. With this being a stark contrast to the early months of the campaign, this should please the Nerazzurri faithful.

Along with Ljajic threatening with a number of opportunities himself, the key to the attacking unit performing so well was Rodrigo Palacio and his mobility. The Argentinean international's runs pulled away defenders, allowing Inter's other forward options to attack in the open space left by the striker; Icardi doesn't offer the same services and it has to be said Inter looked a more fluid side without him.

All in all, with Ljajic getting into great form, consistent 1-0 scorelines will be a thing of the past for Mancini's Inter.

The 24-year-old is dreaming of silverware this term and after his match-winning performance against Genoa, he was asked if Roma regret selling him. His response, "I hope so." The way in which Ljajic's performances are shaping Inter into a more dangerous side than earlier in the campaign, you'd imagine the Giallorossi will probably be kicking themselves as the season progresses.