Inter Milan suffered an exit from the Europa League in the worst possible fashion after a 3-2 defeat against Hapoel Be-erSheva.
The defeat was made even more painful given that the club were leading 2-0 after just 25 minutes on the clock. The defeat means that the club have managed just one win in the last five matches, and results have not even after the arrival of Stefano Pioli. The former Lazio manager was appointed as the replacement for Frank de Boer, who was sacked after less than three months in charge of the club. The recent 3-0 win over Crotone appeared to infuse a lot of confidence into the team.
A 2-2 draw with inform AC Milan in the previous match was also a positive result. Hence, Inter fans were confident game against Hapoel Be-erSheva. The team took the lead through Icardi in the 12th minute and this lead was doubled by Brozović’s goal in the 25th minute.
However, nervousness seemed to creep into the Inter players after witnessing the opposition get one back through Lucio Maranhão in the 58th minute. GoalkeeperHandanovič received a second yellow card and the marching orders in the 68th minute after conceding a penalty.
This led to a turnaround with the home team managing two more goals in the final 20 minutes to secure a 3-2 win.”We stopped playing as a team and were presumptuous. That should never happen and we cannot afford to do that if we want to win games. We had the chance to go 3-0 up and didn’t take it. We must work hard to ensure we don’t keep giving away certain opportunities. We cannot play such a two-faced match. In the first half we did really well, badly in the second. All we needed to do was maintain that attitude,” said the Inter manager.
In their 2-1 loss to Cagliari, Mauro Icardi, who wears the captain band for Inter Milan, unfortunately ended up missing a crucial penalty thus leading to Inter’s outright defeat.
This has further compounded the star playmaker’s woes as he already has some issues with fans of Milan.
The beginning of the season saw Icardi start fantastically, scoring no less than six goals in seven matches for Inter. However, he ended up recently angering Inter fans with some comments in his autobiography, which the fans have refuted to be lies when they issued out a lengthy statement.
As he walked out at the commencement of the match, he was greeted with insulting banners about him and jeers from the fans at the San Siro stadium. This shows that his attempt in a statement earlier on to placate the fans had failed woefully.
Javier Zanetti, the Vice President and legend at Inter, has said he would take actions which could see Icardi being stripped of the captaincy position.
A goal by Joao Mario some 10 minutes after the stroke of halftime gave Inter the lead. Mario had found Ivan Perisic with a pass and raced into the box to receive a return pass. His initial effort got saved by Marco Storari, Cagliari’s goalie but Mario was able to make good use by tapping back the rebound.
The lead hardly lasted long as Federico Melchiorri leveled in the 71st minutes of the game. He also had a hand in the second, which saw his deflected cross turned in by Samir Handanovic, Inter’s goalie.
Following these goals, Melchiorri now has two goals in his only two Serie A matches. This comes on the heels of a few difficult years where hewent through a brain surgery and also returned from a serious knee injury. Cagliari has now moved into seventh spot above Inter.
Arsenal summer target Mauro Icardi continued his fine start to the new season, helping Inter Milan defeat Juventus in an electrifying Serie A derby.
Stephan Lichtsteiner ensured the Serie A defending champions went ahead 21 minutes after the break. Alex Sandro sent a low cross which he converted. The goal forced an immediate response from the host. Icardi equalized just two minutes later, scoring a header from a corner kick.
Croatia international Ivan Perisic came on a substitute but got the equalizer after Icardi did the work. The hosts went wild in jubilation. The joy was cut short when Ever Banega received a second yellow card. The reduction to ten men in the dying minutes put pressure on the team as Juventus tried to find an equalizer. The Juventus team with summer marquee signing Gonzalo Higuain couldn’t get to share points with Inter as the referee blew the final whistle. Higuain came off the bench but could only get one real attempt.
The game was keenly contested with the sides sharing the possession almost 50:50. Inter Milan had more shots but only three were on target. Juventus had two goals on target, but committed more fouls. The victory came at the right time for Inter as there were rumours that the management were having issues with the results under Frank de Boer. De Boer replaced Roberto Mancini this summer, but the poor start threatened his position
Inter were defeated 2-0 by Hapoel Be’er Sheva in the Europa League on home soil. The former Ajax coach had to apologize, claiming that the team “lost their heads.” The win would definitely inject confidence into the team going forward. Inter have now garnered 7 points from the four games played so far. They rise to 6th position, but Juventus remain in second place behind Napoli.
New Inter Milan manager Frank De Boer has admitted that his side still has a lot of work to do.
He was speaking after his team was beaten at Chievo in the opening game of the Serie A. This was a reality check for a manager that has stated that he wants to bring Inter Milan at the top of the Italian league. In a match where Inter Milan has failed to create chances, Frank De Boer has discovered how much work he still has to do before turning the Italian side into a competitive team.
He said that he was disappointed after the defeat and that he expected more from his team. However, he admitted that his players are not ready physically and that the defeat has shown that there is still work to do. He said that he would be spending time to prepare his players both physically and tactically, and he believes that they will be able to improve their performance for the next game.
Frank De Boer said that the formation he chose was based on the players he had and also on what he has seen in the pre-season. He hinted that there might be changes coming up in how the team play in the coming matches but at the moment he will have to do with the players he has. He said that he went for a cautious approach by playing three players at the back because he knew that his players were not ready physically.
He admitted that Inter Milan players still have to progress physically and that they are going to work on this aspect in training. He believes that the player will respond well in the next matches and that they will be able to win the next games.
Chelsea coach Antonio Conte is set to offload Brazilian Oscar to Inter Milan as he is not impressed with the work ethics of the player, according to reports.
The former coach of the Italian national team will reported to be willing to let the player go if Inter Milan can bring as much as £30 million for the play maker.
The 24-year old has a lot of admirers but Conte feels the player was lazy in the 3-2 loss to Spanish giant Real Madrid in Detroit. The former Juventus manager feels the player does not work as hard for the team and it might affect the style of play he is hoping to develop at the club.
When Conte was asked about the future of the player ahead of the new campaign, the coach was coy when he said all the 29 players in the team are Chelsea’s at the moment. He said he would decide after his tour with the players. He admitted that some players would go and others would remain as it is football. The coach says he remains focused on reaching the target at the season’s end and is looking at developing a team off and on the pitch as he has learnt was best after many years as a coach.
Inter Milan wants the player to join their team as they strengthen their squad ahead of the new season. They are hoping to cut off striker Mauro Icardi in exchange for Juventus’ Edison Cavani. They would play a final pre season against Everton as they are still testing new ideas with the team. Everton lost to Juventus and Atletico Madrid and would be looking to stage an upset when they met. The game will be played in Norway on August 5 and it would serve as the last warm up game for Everton before they return to play in the Premier League.
Internazionale Milano FC are reported by Calcimercato to have made Erik Lamela their top summer target, ahead of the next campaign.
Current coach of the team, Roberto Mancini is reported to be keen on swooping the player as he has been a fan for a while now. He is so desperate for the services of the rising star player that he is willing to offer Tottenham Hotspurs a pick of two players in exchange.
The Italian tactician wants more creativity and he is looking at making Lamela the one to provide it. There are reports from the Serie A club that the club’s sporting director Piero Ausilio has flown out to South America for talks with the player. Lamela, who is Argentine, is currently representing his country at the Copa America.
Lamela arrived at White Hart Lane in 2013 for just over £25m but Spurs are reported to be comfortable with offers in the range of £20m for the 24-year-old. He failed to make real impact in his first season but has found a regular shirt this past campaign. He started 28 games last season in the Premier League scoring five goals and assisting teammates on nine occasions.
It is believed that Marcelo Brozovic and defender Jeison Murillo will be offered to Spurs aside cash payment for the services of the player, according to Corriere dello Sport. Lamela still has two years on his current deal and the club would be looking at recouping their investment or something not afar off for the player. There are also concerns that the player would not want to sacrifice Champions League football with Spurs for the Europa League with Inter Milan. Inter are low on cash and would have to comply with Financial Fair Play rules, so there are still doubts that the deal will go through especially with the interest in Yaya Toure.
Roberto Mancini has tried to pacify supporters by claiming that he has seen enough progress from the club despite failing to qualify for the Champions League once again.
Inter Milan spent big in the summer since the return of Mancini in the hope of reaching the European football pinnacle stages once again. The club has been a rank outsider in European football over the last five years, which is a tremendous surprise considering that they managed to win the competition only in 2010. Mancini has revamped the entire squad to suit to his style, but they have been able to secure only a fourth place finish.
More importantly, they finished a whopping 13 points behind third placed Roma. Only the top three places in the Italian Serie A will be able to dream about Champions League football for next season. Even third placed Roma will have to go through play-offs in order to get through to the group stages. On paper, the fourth place finish is better for Inter Milan since it gives them Europa League football at the least. Further, they have made progress after managing only an eighth place finish in the previous season. In terms of points, however, it represents an improvement of just 12 over the previous campaign.
“We got off to a good start and that was very important for us. It was difficult to get the team running like clockwork because we’d brought in lots of new faces and they needed to get to know each other. We even managed to end the transfer market in the black and despite being top of the league some people still criticised us. Regardless of our position in the table and the fact we weren’t scoring many, I think the season started really well,” said the Inter manager.
Inter Milan are in prime position for a top four finish under the guidance of former Manchester city manager, Roberto Mancini.
The Nerrazurri are currently a place behind champion’s league qualification with 58 points after 32 matches played. The team is currently six points behind a resurgent AS Roma under Luissiano Spalletti.
Mancini’s side are currently seven points clear of city rivals AC Milan and in fine form going into the final six games of the season after winning four of their last five games. The veteran manager is also optimistic of a champion’s league place after the 1-1 draw with rival, AS Roma.
Mancini said: “We are disappointed because we couldn’t count on three attackers, but they are still many games and many points left. If we get level on points with Roma we can get into the champions league because we are ahead in the head to heads.”
He also told reporters: “we are not giving up but we will see what happens at the end of the season.”
Inter Milan still have difficult fixtures against second place Napoli at home and another tricky away tie against Lazio in Rome. The Nerrazurri have not played in the Champion’s league since the 2011/2012 season and their fans can’t wait another season to see Champion’s league football return to their city.
Even star striker Maurio Icardi cannot wait to play at the zenith of European football for the first time in his career. The 23 years old Argentine striker and former Sampdoria hitman says he wants to take one game at a time.
“I don’t want to speak about the Champions league. All I can say is we have to win every game and then we will see where we end up,” Icardi told reporters.
The friendly kick offs that are popular in Asian games might be incorporated in the Champions League if Inter Milan CEO gets his say.
Michael Bolingbroke, CEO of Inter Milan feels that there would be merit in introducing wild cards in Champions League matches. Barcelona wishes to invite teams which might not have qualified for a league position but they would help bring about fresh blood in the competition.
The idea has been discussed with major England teams. Bolingbroke showcased the Series in order to highlight the history of the club. He proposed that performances over the last fifty years as well as last five years need to be looked at when considering a club for participation in the league. It should not be limited to last year’s performance alone. Some felt skeptical about the topic that was discussed among the wealthy clubs of the Premier League. Three teams are skeptical, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United as they might not qualify for the next season if their current performance is judged.
Inter Milan has been a winner in a former league similar to the three clubs of England. They have lifted one of the titles in 2010 with Jose Mourinho led the club. Since then they have not qualified for the tournament, which has been the case since 2012. They have not succeeded in playing in the second rounds as well as any of the European competitions. Though many clubs are not able to move to the second levels in competitions they have fan bases in high numbers which drives revenues as well. Hence, there has to be a way that these clubs are allowed to reach the league and not be considered only on the basis of their recent performances.
Inter Milan locked horns with their rivals Ac.Milan in the Derby dellaMadonnina and it was the team of SinišaMihajlović that came out on top with a final scoreboard of 3-0.
Roberto Mancini was not satisfied about the performance of the referee Antonio Damate and the Italian manager made his voice be heard as Mancini went on a rant complaining about some of the decisions that the head authority of the match during the game.
Roberto Mancini had to be sent off to the stands after he protested about a penalty kick that was not given to his team.
When the match was over, Roberto Mancini did not hesitate in voicing his disappointment about what happened in the actual match as Mancini stated that there should’ve been red cards given to a few of the players of Ac.Milan.
Mancini was sent to the stands after protesting when Eder appealed for a penalty in a collision with GigioDonnarumma, but replays show the goalkeeper got the ball.
“I didn’t say anything offensive, but referees are so susceptible nowadays. I don’t know what to say on the Donnarumma incident. Maybe the referee Antonio Damato doesn’t know the rules. I think we had an excellent first half and there should’ve been some red cards for last man fouls in our favor. Today the referee and his collaborators were a disaster, the worst on the pitch.Compliments to Milan, but we did not deserve this result. At the moment everything is going wrong for us,” Inter Milan’s Roberto Mancini said.
The month of January has been an extremely disappointing one for Roberto Mancini and his team as couldn’t win a single league match. Inter Milan drew 2 games and lost the other 2 against Sassuolo and Ac.Milan. This means that they only collected 2 points out of the possible 12 for the month of January and this has seen the team of Roberto Mancini losing pace in their race to claim the Serie A title.