De Vrij: “We needed to be more ruthless”

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Stefan de Vrij spoke to Inter TV in the immediate aftermath of the Nerazzurri’s goalless draw at home to Sassuolo tonight. Here is what the Dutch defender had to say: “We faced a good side tonight who played well. Handanović is an excellent player and saved us on a few occasions. For us, it’s important to have a goalkeeper like him playing behind us. We played well, but a goal and perhaps a bit of ruthlessness were missing from our game. However, they demonstrated that they’re a tough side to play. They are dangerous on the counter and we had to remain alert. Now we have to prepare well for our match against Torino. It was great seeing the children in the stadium – although the atmosphere was different, they made themselves heard.” Continue reading

Spalletti: “We are Inter and we have strong ambitions”

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Luciano Spalletti held his traditional pre-match press conference ahead of Inter’s crucial Serie A match against Sassuolo tomorrow night. Here is what he had to say to the journalists who gathered at the Suning Training Centre: “The Brothers Universally United (BUU) campaign? It’s a way in which the club has transformed an ugly episode into a great opportunity, definitively distancing itself from those who enact such negative behaviour inside the stadium. Interisti have always been Brothers of the World and the message launched by the club today fits this mould exactly. Continue reading

Is Škriniar now the most irreplaceable member of Inter’s squad?

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“Nobody has the money to pay for Škriniar. He is priceless. He is staying here, because nobody can afford him.” Those were the words of Inter coach Luciano Spalletti during his post-match press conference following the Nerazzurri’s 6-2 victory over Benevento in the Coppa Italia on Sunday evening. The Slovakian has established himself as one of the best central defenders in world football over the course of the past 18 months. Therefore, it should come as no surprise to learn that he is being targeted by European giants such as Manchester United and Real Madrid. Continue reading

Politano: “We’re focused and determined to do well”

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During an exclusive interview with Sky Sport, Inter winger Matteo Politano looked ahead to this weekend’s match against Sassuolo. Saturday’s encounter with the Neroverdi does of course hold special significance for the 25-year-old given the fact he spent three years playing for them in Reggio Emilia. Here is what he had to say as he prepares to face his former teammates at San Siro: Continue reading

Flamengo move provides Gabigol with perfect opportunity to showcase his talent

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For the millions of Inter fans across the world, it feels like an age has passed since Suning purchased a controlling stake in their club from the much-maligned Erick Thohir. Indeed, a lot has happened since the Indonesian businessman sold a large percentage of his share to the Chinese corporation. Within weeks of their arrival, Suning made a significant statement of intent by bringing Brazilian starlet Gabriel Barbosa – ‘Gabigol’ to you and I – to the club for a record fee. Continue reading

Inter 100% correct to distance themselves from making any signings this month

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As is the case throughout each and every transfer window, Inter have already been linked with a plethora of players this month. Since the appointment of Beppe Marotta as the club’s new CEO sport last month, several high-profile Italian journalists have been determined to peddle the idea that the former Juventus board member will look to make a statement of intent by making a big-name addition to Luciano Spalletti’s squad. Simply put, that would be a very dangerous game to play for all concerned. Continue reading

Inter must bring a-game to avert upset against bogey team Sassuolo

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“It is in general a positive season so far, although if it weren’t for a few too many draws and some injuries to big players, we could’ve had four or five more Serie A points.” Those were the words of Sassuolo coach Roberto De Zerbi as he spoke to Rai Sport in the aftermath of his side’s 2-0 defeat to Napoli in the Coppa Italia on Sunday night. Indeed, the Neroverdi can count themselves unlucky not to have kicked on from what was an extremely positive start to the campaign. Continue reading

Antonello explains why Inter fans should look forward to a bright future

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Inter CEO corporate Alessandro Antonello has spoken about the Nerazzurri’s hopes for the future during an exclusive interview with leadersinsport.com’s official YouTube channel. Antonello, who is responsible for the management of the Inter brand, reports directly to president Steven Zhang and discussed the impact of Suning since they bought the club back in the summer of 2016. Here is what he had to say: Continue reading

Clinical finishing masked Inter’s defensive instability versus Benevento

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“I’m happy. I think that it was an excellent team performance, even if we did allow them more room in the second half. But this is normal given what the scoreline was. We’re happy that we put in a good performance. In addition to our excellent attitude, we were really clinical today: we didn’t manage to score against Pordenone. The important thing was our performance, even if we did concede two goals. From my point of view, it was important to get myself ready after not playing a competitive match for such a long time.” Continue reading

Spalletti: “A victory earned by a mature team”

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Luciano Spalletti spoke to Inter TV in the aftermath of the Nerazzurri’s entertaining 6-2 victory over Benevento at the round of 16 stage of the Coppa Italia. Here is what the 59-year-old coach had to say following the match: “I’m satisfied because we demonstrated that we’ve made great strides forward in terms of our maturity. Our attitude to the match was the right one.” Continue reading