Inter can only throw away Champions League qualification

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Despite enduring one of their most turbulent seasons in living memory off the pitch, Inter remain very much on course to achieve their main sporting objective on it. Indeed, the Nerazzurri hold a five-point lead over Atalanta and AC Milan, who occupy fourth and fifth place in the Serie A standings. Therefore, Luciano Spalletti’s side is in a very strong position and it would require a collapse of epic proportions for them not to qualify for next season’s UEFA Champions League group stage. Continue reading

Škriniar insists Inter deserved to beat Atalanta

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Milan Škriniar was one of several Inter players who faced the media in the immediate aftermath of last night’s goalless draw at home to Atalanta. The result leaves the Nerazzurri in pole position to secure third place and, with that, an automatic spot in next season’s UEFA Champions League group stage. Here is what the Slovak defender had to say on his side’s display in front of a packed San Siro crowd: Continue reading

Spalletti encouraged by unified Inter performance

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Luciano Spalletti spoke to the media in the aftermath of last night’s goalless draw at home to Atalanta on matchday 31 of the Serie A season. The Tuscan tactician was pleased by his side’s performance though they were ultimately unable to break down the visiting side’s defence. Here is what he had to say: Continue reading

Spalletti confirms Icardi is not ready to face Lazio

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Luciano Spalletti held his traditional pre-match press conference ahead of Inter’s crucial Serie A match against Lazio tomorrow night. The Tuscan tactician spoke about a range of topics, including his decision not to include Mauro Icardi in his matchday squad to face the Biancocelesti. Here is what he said to the journalists who gathered at the Suning Training Centre: Continue reading

Spalletti battling for survival as Inter try to save face against Milan

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“The derby is always the derby, it makes you feel strong emotions even if I was even more motivated for games against Juventus. All of the wins against Milan were good, even the 4-0 which I spent on the bench. The Rossoneri have toughened up because Gattuso snarls on the bench and makes it look like they’re playing with 12. Piątek fights for every ball but he scores as part of the team thanks to everyone. Our guys will know what to do.” Those were the words of former Nerazzurri defender Marco Materazzi, who spoke to Inter TV about what it meant for him to feature in the Derby Milano during his playing career. Continue reading

Spalletti demanding great Inter performance versus Frankfurt

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Luciano Spalletti held his traditional pre-match press conference ahead of Inter’s UEFA Europa League last 16 match against Eintracht Frankfurt tomorrow night. Here is what the 60-year-old tactician had to say: “We must focus on this game in front of us rather than the league. It’s a knockout tie, therefore, I expect something great, with that added bit extra on an individual level. The players are aware that this is a crucial moment.” Continue reading

Marotta non-committal on Icardi’s Inter future

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Beppe Marotta was interviewed by Sky Sport prior to Inter’s 2-0 victory over SPAL this afternoon. Inevitably, the Nerazzurri’s CEO sport was asked about Mauro Icardi’s future at the club, with the Argentine refusing to train despite being given the all-clear by medical staff at Appiano Gentile. Here is what the former Sampdoria and Juventus transfer guru had to say on the matter: Continue reading

Professional Inter display should set tone for Frankfurt and Milan

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“There aren’t many games left and every result is vital as we pursue our goals. Could this week be a turning point? I expect the team to adapt to every situation. As we’ve said before, a number of players allow us to always put out the best Inter team and that’s how it will be in the upcoming games. We need to understand what we have to do and where we need to go. At some points this season, we could have done better but we did very well at other points and the team has always shown that it has the desire to move forward.” Continue reading

Spalletti delighted by Inter’s second half performance against SPAL

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Luciano Spalletti spoke to the media in the aftermath of Inter’s comfortable 2-0 victory over SPAL this afternoon. Here is what he had to say: “Despite our absences, 11 players worthy of Inter headed out onto the pitch today. We struggled a bit with the emotions at the start and this must not happen. We knew we had to win and once our fire started to burn inside then we broke the deadlock and went on to win. We were a bit timid and insecure during the first half. The lads had a different conviction after our second goal and we were back in possession of our characteristics. In the second half, I could see what we were really about. Continue reading

Spalletti more than satisfied by Inter’s performance in Frankfurt

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Luciano Spalletti spoke to Sky Sport in the aftermath of Inter’s goalless draw against Eintracht Frankfurt in the first leg of their UEFA Europa League last 16 tie. Here is what he had to say: “I must praise the guys because they played with authority and personality, making an impact on the game. It wasn’t easy here. In these types of matches, qualification is fought for over 180 minutes. Only the second leg result will determine if this 0-0 is a positive result. Continue reading