Spalletti backs Inter to do professional job against Rapid Vienna

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Luciano Spalletti held his traditional pre-match press conference ahead of Inter’s crucial UEFA Europa League match against Rapid Vienna tomorrow night. While the Tuscan tactician was full of praise for the Austrians, he believes his players have what it takes to reach the last 16. Here is what he said to the journalists who gathered at the Suning Training Centre: Continue reading

Nainggolan fires Inter to deserved victory over Sampdoria

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Inevitably, there was a very tense atmosphere inside San Siro as Inter and Sampdoria entered the field of play in Milan earlier this evening. After all, there is a lot of tension surrounding the Nerazzurri given all that has happened with the Mauro Icardi situation in recent days. Indeed, a brief clip of the Argentine striker sitting alongside Wanda Nara was met with a chorus of jeers from the 55,127 fans who attended the match. Continue reading

Spalletti congratulates Inter players on professional display

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Luciano Spalletti spoke to the media in the aftermath of Inter’s crucial 2-1 victory over Sampdoria tonight. The Nerazzurri coach was full of praise for the manner in which his players performed at the end of what has been a very difficult week off the pitch. Here is what he had to say about his side’s third consecutive win in all competitions, which was clinched thanks to second half goals from Danilo D’Ambrosio and Radja Nainggolan: Continue reading

Samp will provide a stern test for Icardi-less Inter

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Last week, Luciano Spalletti’s position as Inter coach was under siege from many of the club’s fans and sections of the Italian sports media. Indeed, he may well have been fired had Lautaro Martínez not scored a late goal against Parma at the Stadio Ennio Tardini on Saturday night. Since then, the Nerazzurri also managed to beat Rapid Vienna by the same scoreline in the first leg of their UEFA Europa League round of 32 encounter. The Tuscan is not completely out of the woods yet, with another victory over Sampdoria tomorrow evening an absolute must. Continue reading

Is there any way back for Icardi at Inter?

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“Icardi is not there tomorrow, but the others are, so they are the ones I want to talk about. There are some logical steps to be taken that everyone knows. He has to be a fully-fledged member of the squad and show respect towards his teammates. It’s pretty simple. Look, Icardi is a very strong player and as long as he is at Inter, we want to make full use of his talents.” Those were the words of Luciano Spalletti, who was asked what Mauro Icardi needs to do in order to be welcomed back into the team following recent events in Appiano Gentile. Continue reading

Spalletti confirms Icardi will not face Sampdoria

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Luciano Spalletti held his traditional pre-match press conference ahead of tomorrow night’s crucial Serie A match between Inter and Sampdoria at San Siro. Naturally, the journalists who gathered at the Suning Training Centre were most interested in discussing the future of Mauro Icardi, who will not feature against the Blucerchiati following the decision to revoke his captaincy last week. Here is what the 59-year-old Tuscan tactician had to say: Continue reading

Why Marotta deserves credit for handling of Icardi situation

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For millions of Inter fans across the world, the last 24 hours have proved to be rather tumultuous. Mauro Icardi has been stripped of his role as team captain as he once again finds his future at the club clouded in uncertainty. Indeed, the Argentine striker has also been omitted from the Nerazzurri squad which travelled to Austria to face Rapid Vienna in the UEFA Europa League round of 32 tomorrow night. Yes, the black and blue half of Milan once again finds itself in a state of absolute chaos. Continue reading

Spalletti backs Lautaro to thrive in Icardi’s absence

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Luciano Spalletti spoke to the media ahead of Inter’s crucial UEFA Europa League round of 32 match against Rapid Vienna tomorrow night. Here is what he said to the journalists who gathered in Austria this evening: “Rapid are a team with character, they won in Moscow against Spartak on a pitch that I know very well. They made it out of a really difficult group. We congratulate them on this but at the same time we’re here to win.” Continue reading

Inter finally taste victory in 2019 thanks to super-sub Lautaro

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Make no mistake, there was huge pressure on Inter to claim all three points at the Stadio Ennio Tardini tonight. It was very much a case of needing to win at all costs. Luciano Spalletti has been under heavy scrutiny over the course of the past month and there is a sense that his job would have been under serious threat had the Nerazzurri failed to beat Parma. However, to the relief of the coach and his players, the Beneamata have finally won a Serie A match in 2019. Continue reading

Lautaro delighted by match-winning contribution

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Lautaro Martínez spoke to Inter TV in the immediate aftermath of the Nerazzurri’s 1-0 victory over Parma at the Stadio Ennio Tardini. Here is what he had to say after scoring the winning goal in Emilia-Romagna: Continue reading