Inter Milan have rejected suggestions of panic at the club after a string of poor results has once again threatened to end the season without making any objective. Inter set the target of returning to the Champions League at the start of the season. Things looked extremely positive after they managed to bring in a couple of experienced names like Nemanja Vidic. This bolstered the squad significantly, but results are yet to show the same. After six matches this season, Inter are only 10th in the table with only two victories.
The back-to-back heavy defeats against Cagliari and Fiorentina just weeks before the international break have threatened to disrupt the season. Furthermore, Inter will be going straight against Walter Mazzarri’s former club Napoli after this break. Napoli are going through a crisis themselves with questions asked about manager Rafa Benitez, but they are overshadowed by the problems at Inter. The club’s chief Piero Ausilio says that the club are relaxed about the situation because they know that results will eventually come good. He has tried to dismiss the two defeats against Cagliari and Fiorentina as freak results.
Ausilio says that such results were not avoided even during the highly successful regimes of Jose Mourinho and Roberto Mancini. “A week of trouble hasn’t scared us. Cagliari was a hiccup – one of those games which happen once a year. It also happened during the tenures of [Roberto] Mancini and [Jose] Mourinho. In Florence, the team did not disintegrate, but they were duly punished every time they tried to make something of the game. We’ve analysed these problems without any shame or fear and concluded that there is still work to be done from a physical point of view. I am convinced that, even against Napoli, you will see another Inter,” said Ausilio.
Despite the close of the transfer window, then continues to be a lot of rumours surrounding the future of midfielder Fredy Guarin. It was highly speculated that the Colombian international would move to Manchester United before the transfer window, but that offer never came. As a result, he has ended up staying at the San Siro until the January transfer window. The 28-year-old has featured in only one league match so far. He continues to remain as part of the plans according to director-general Marco Fassone. He says that he has spoken in detail with manager Walter Mazzarri about the situation according Guarin.
According to the manager, he will continue to pick Guarin as long as the player is available for selection. Inter will be hoping to use their strength in depth when they take on Dnipro in the opening Europa league match. Walter Mazzarri has confirmed that there will be changes to the team that manages 7-0 win over Sassuolo during the weekend. This seems as a major hint that Inter are targeting good performances in the league over progress into the latter stages of the Europa League. It was almost 5 years since Inter were last seen in the Champions League.
Fassone says that after having spent two years at Inter Milan, Mazzarri is someone who knows the requirements extremely well. “The coach is in his second year on our bench and he now knows the whole ‘Inter environment. As for Mauro and his renewal, I will say that there are other deadlines that we will have to face beforehand, but we will talk about that as well. And Guarin? I believe in Fredy and in the fact that Mazzarri has deployed him, demonstrating the confidence of the club,” said the Inter director-general. Inter are undefeated in the last five matches.
Juventus and Inter Milan are some of the top Italian clubs that have been going through fairly busy transfer windows. Walter Mazzarri, the head coach of Inter Milan wants to win a Serie A title with Inter Milan which is something that the club has not managed to do since 2010. Not only that but they have also been unable to qualify for the Champions League for 2 consecutive years.
Just as a vast amount of player are joining the squad of Walter Mazzarri there will also be a few players that are expected to leave the Italian before the transfer window concludes at the end of August. The Colombian midfielder Fredy Guarin is a target of Manchester United’s Louis van Gaal and a deal in the region of €19 million is reported to be on the verge of completion.
Fredy Guarin is mostly being seen as an alternative target for Louis van Gaal just in case the Dutch manager fails to sign Arturo Vidal or Paul Pogba from Juventus which are some of his priority targets.
Arturo Vidal and Paul Pogba both play important roles in Juventus as they are consistent performers for the Italian club and it seems highly unlikely that the new coach Massimiliano Allegri has any plans of selling any of those players. This is where the Colombian midfielder Fredy Guarin comes in as he is quickly turning out to be a more likely target for Louis van Gaal and Manchester United.
The pre-season schedule for Walter Mazzarri and Inter Milan has seen the Italian squad picking up triumphs against Real Madrid and As.Roma as they faced off in the International Champions Cup and a penalty session gave a late victory to Inter Milan against Real Madrid.
Mazzarri is aiming for a top 3 finish during the approaching season of the Italian League Serie A which can allow Inter Milan to compete in the Champions League.
Inter Milan recently awarded Walter Mazzarri with a contract extension that surprised many given that the manager had failed to reach the club’s objectives last season. Given with the task of reaching at least the top three in Italian Serie A, Mazzarri failed to get the club even into a top four place. At the end of the season, they finished a whopping 18 points behind third placed Napoli. This did not read well for the future of Mazzarri, which has been under intense speculation over the last few weeks.
With the start of the new season set to take place in two months, Inter were expected to part ways Mazzarri. However, they have surprised everyone by offering the manager a new contract. This is after president Erick Thohir made several statements regarding the future of Mazzarri. He had stated that Inter were not going to sack Mazzarri under any circumstances. He has stayed true to the word and has kept the manager for an additional year. However, it is quite possible that Inter decide to part ways with Mazzarri midway through next season if results do not improve.
In response to the new contract, Mazzarri has stated that he is now highly motivated to perform well for the new season. He is now starting the new campaign with a lot of optimism.
“I salute all our fans. I am fired up and happy to start the new season, which hopefully will begin on a high. The club has been very clear it is an important season. We were absolutely in sync during our dialogue over the summer and this made me even more motivated than I was at the end of last season. I am very pleased and it fires me up even more. Having the faith of our fans is very important for me. We have everything required to start this campaign with great optimism,” said Mazzarri.
Despite the numerous problems faced with consistency last season, manager Walter Mazzarri says that Inter Milan enjoyed a good season last time around. He is targeting a return to Champions League as the preparations start for the upcoming campaign. Inter are expected to be one of the club’s highly active in the transfer window this year. They have already signed top players like Vidic while more are expected to follow suit in the next few weeks.
However, the optimism ahead of the new campaign does not take anything away from the poor season that they enjoyed in Mazzarri’s first campaign at the club. The former Napoli man, who came close to winning the league title with his previous club, says that last season was a success. The contradictory statements is likely to draw a lot of comments especially since many have been calling for the head of Mazzarri in the last few weeks. Inter have been linked with several Premier league players in the hope of rebuilding for the future.
The likes of Torres, John obi Mikel, and Vidic to replace the likes of Diego Milito, Cambiasso, and Walter Samuel. These players have been very influential in Inter’s success over the years.
“The return to Europe was not an obvious goal. But I think it was a successful year, in which we did so many good things. I’m sure I’ll be coach next year. I have a contract. I’m very pleased with the call I got from [president Erick] Thohir once we were certain to be in Europe. At a general level there were too many draws, we missed out on some victories when we threw away a lead. But I take responsibility. Even when we win, I’m not satisfied. We are already working with players for next season,” said the Inter manager.
Fredy Guarin’s future at Inter Milan has been a major doubt for the last few months. It has worsened since the January transfer window after the player was subjected to transfer interest from Chelsea. However, he decided to stay at Inter Milan until the rest of the season. Now, his agent has stated that manager Walter Mazzarri will decide the future of the player. Inter Milan are expected to retain a number of players from the current campaign, but older players like Diego Milito and Walter Samuel are expected to depart.
Guarin is an industrious player capable of playing on the right or left side of the midfield. He is the type of player Chelsea manager José Mourinho wants in order to adopt a different style of football. However, the possibilities of moving to Chelsea appeared to have reduced significantly in the last few months, as Guarin has been playing little football during this period. Further, 28 years of age, he will have less opportunity to think about getting a move to a big club. Even though he extended his contract during this period, his future still remains in doubt.
Mazzarri will be taking a decision in the next few weeks and he could be allowed to leave on a loan deal at the least.
“Fredy is calm and always gives 100 per cent. He wants to help Inter secure qualification for Europe. The fact the World Cup is approaching is also another reason for him to give his best. We will see what happens in the future. Inter and Walter Mazzarri will be the ones who decide,” said the player’s agent. Inter Milan are looking to finish in the Europa league spot after a disappointing campaign which promised a lot towards the start. It has put the future of manager Mazzarri in doubt as well.
Inter Milan are already left focusing on the next season after they are on course to miss out on Champions League football for yet another season.
The much anticipated revival after the appointment of Walter Mazzarri has not arrived, as the team has struggled in the second half of the campaign. This has seen them slip quite significantly compared with rivals like Napoli and Fiorentina. They are right now fifth in the table and with no opportunity to even get into the top four places. Fiorentina occupy the fourth place and are on a much superior run of form.
Inter have managed just one win in the last five matches, but Mazzarri has said that the team is definitely improving in the last few weeks. Since the 2-0 win over strugglers Hellas Verona, they have been unable to get three points. The 52-year-old Mazzarri has come under intense pressure for this reason, with many even suggesting that he could face the sack before the end of the campaign. Inter have already made plans for signing established players for next season.
They have announced the deal to bring in Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic on a free transfer and this is expected to improve the team substantially at the back.
“I see signs of growth. Implementation of the tactics and the organisation of the team have improved. I will do everything possible and impossible to bring this team as high as possible. Depending on how we finish will be easier to plan for the future. Whoever wants to stay in this team will have to ensure a certain level. Everything will be evaluated. To maintain high levels takes constant concentration,” said Mazzarri.
Inter Milan next take on Bologna in the league and this will be a very tough match for the strugglers.
Inter Milan have confirmed through their sporting director that they plan to retain Walter Mazzarri into next season as well. The former Napoli manager came to the club with a big reputation of achieving a lot with relatively low budgets.
He did extremely well at Napoli and help of the club almost win the title by beating Juventus in the season before last. He was expected to finally revive the club, who have been suffering since the departure of Jose Mourinho in 2010. Since winning the Champions League, the club has been on a steady decline.
They failed to qualify for any European competition this season, while they do not look like getting back into the Champions League for next season as well. Inter Milan started the season in excellent fashion and looked like being potential title contenders, but the early-season optimism quickly faded and the club has slipped into the fifth position in the last few months. It looks highly likely that they will end up in the fifth place at the end of the season. Despite this poor campaign, the club are planning to retain their faith in Mazzarri according to sporting director, Piero Ausilio.
Mazzarri was given a chance to spend during the January transfer window, but it did not improve results. The club remains 11 points behind the top three places.
“He works 24 hours a day. He follows all the movements of the team. Mazzarri is part of the foundation. You can already see a growing team, a different game, a solid defence. Despite our ranking, it looks like that. Mazzarri will remain, regardless of where we finish. Mazzarri has worked wonders with Rolando, we want to keep him. [Andrea] Ranocchia we will talk with at the end of the season but I wouldn’t rule out a renewal,” said Ausilio.
Galatasaray manager Roberto Mancini has claimed that former Inter Milan manager Jose Mourinho was able to win the Champions League only with the team he assembled at the club. Mancini spent several years at Inter Milan and he was extremely successful at the Italian club.
He won several league titles in a row in what is regarded as the club’s finest period in their history. However, it has been since debated that Mancini was able to achieve this success only because of their rivals failing at the perfect moment.
This has been argued because of the club’s failure to do well in Europe during the Mancini regime. Mourinho was brought to the club with the aim of doing well in Europe and he achieved impressive success in only his second season with the club.
He managed to win the treble including the Champions league, which the club lifted after a gap of more than 40 years, in 2010. Mourinho and Mancini come up against each other for the first time since the Portuguese enjoyed a lot of success at Inter Milan. The two will be in the opposite dugouts when Galatasaray take on Chelsea into Champions League.
Mourinho won the treble with several of the players Mancini brought and the former Manchester City boss has raised this issue ahead of the Champions league tie.
“Mourinho won the Champions League because he took a good team. He took a team that, like Manchester City, I had built. A team that had a strong mentality. When I went to Inter, they played very bad football and we changed this. To win a Champions League you should be lucky. [The] Champions League is a different competition but a strange one. Strange because you can win your group in October, November, December and, after maybe February everything can change,” said Mancini.
There is some good news for the Inter Milan fans. Fredy Guarin, one of the important players of the team, isn’t going to be sold in the presently open mid season transfer window. The sporting director of the club gave this information to the reporters.
Inter had actually put Guarin on sale a few days ago and Chelsea had shown a lot of interest in buying him, but, the two clubs couldn’t reach an agreement on transfer fee and eventually, Inter decided that the player would continue playing for them for the remaining part of the ongoing season.
The transfer fee that Inter had demanded from Chelsea for letting Guarin go is believed to be somewhere around 15 million Pounds and that wasn’t too much considering the way Guarin has performed in recent times. But, the Blues management had different opinion and that’s why, they didn’t agree to pay that much for the Colombian international.
Piero Ausilio who is the sporting director of Inter at the moment talked to the press yesterday evening about this issue and he made it quite clear that Guarin would remain in Italy at least for another few months.
Ausilio said, “Fredy isn’t going anywhere in near future and we are glad about it. Yes, we had been talking to Chelsea regarding him, but, we didn’t agree to them on certain terms and the deal didn’t get finalized.”
“We never wanted Fredy to leave the club in the middle of the season. He is one of the vital guys in the team.”
The Inter Milan board might be happy with the fact that Guarin would stay, but, they would certainly not be happy with the current position of the team in the Serie A points table. The Black and Blues are at no. 6 with 31 points in 18 games.