Inter must rise to the challenge of facing Juventus

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“We tried to win from the first minute, we had a couple of chances at 0-0. We pushed more in the second half and got the equaliser. A point is an alright result today looking at the other results, we need to keep it up. We create a lot in every match but we have to improve our finishing to finish with as many points as possible. It’s nice to score, especially at home but a goal is always a goal. We know Juventus, they’ve won a lot of titles and they’ll come here to win so we need to prepare well in the week and have the strength to win. We are Inter and we must always play to win because we are strong. First, we’ll think about Juventus and then about finishing the season in third.” Continue reading

Failure to beat Roma a missed opportunity for Inter

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“In terms of the result, nothing has changed. There is one less game to play but, at home, we should always try to win.” Those were the words of Luciano Spalletti during his post-match press conference in the aftermath of Inter’s 1-1 draw against Roma last night. The Giallorossi went ahead within the opening 15 minutes, before Ivan Perišić equalised midway through the second half. Indeed, the Nerazzurri were by far the superior side after the half-time interval and should ultimately have managed to clinch all three points. Continue reading

Borja Valero insists Inter dressing room has always been united

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Borja Valero spoke to the media in the immediate aftermath of last night’s 1-1 draw between Inter and Roma at San Siro. Here is what the veteran Nerazzurri midfielder said during an interview with Sky Sport: Continue reading

Spalletti satisfied by Inter’s second half performance against Roma

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Luciano Spalletti spoke to the media in the aftermath of last night’s 1-1 draw between Inter and Roma at San Siro. The Tuscan tactician was irritated by his side’s lack of control throughout the first half, but was encouraged by what he saw after the interval. He was also full of praise for veteran midfielder Borja Valero, who was excellent throughout the entire 90 minutes. Here is what he said during an interview with Sky Sport: Continue reading

Spalletti expecting a big performance from Inter vs. Roma

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Luciano Spalletti held his traditional pre-match press conference ahead of tomorrow night’s crucial Serie A match against Roma. Here is what he said to the journalists who gathered at the Suning Training Centre earlier this afternoon: Continue reading

Škriniar insists Inter deserve to be considered among the best

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During an interview with Sky Sport, Inter central defender Milan Škriniar spoke about a variety of issues including this weekend’s crucial Serie A match against Roma and his blossoming partnership with Stefan de Vrij at the heart of the Nerazzurri defence. Here is what he had to say: Continue reading

Gagliardini urges Inter to remain focused against Roma

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During an interview with Inter TV, Roberto Gagliardini looked ahead to Saturday’s crucial Serie A match against Roma as the Nerazzurri look to secure a place in next season’s UEFA Champions League group stage. Here is what he had to say: Continue reading

Lazio Face Top Four Setback Following Milan Defeat

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After narrowly succumbing to Milan by a score of 1-0 on the weekend, Lazio find themselves languishing in eighth place, six points back of fourth place; albeit with a game in hand. The good news is that they’re still very much in the race for top four. Unfortunately for them, however, so are the other five teams alongside them.

Lazio went into the game in relatively poor form dropping points against SPAL and Sassuolo prior, yet only found themselves three points adrift Milan. Against the rossoneri, Inzaghi’s men started relatively well and were unlucky not to find the back of the net first, with Ciro Immobile hitting the post. As fate would have it, Milan were awarded a penalty with just over ten minutes to play, and Ivorian midfielder Franck Kessie converted it with aplomb.

With just over seven games left, and with only six points separating fourth place from eighth, the race for Champions League football has never been closer. As a result, the biancocelesti are going to have to win out their remaining games, if they want a chance. In their next clash, they’ll be taking on a relegation threatened Udinese, a clash that will be harder than the table suggests.

Following the game with Udinese, Inzaghi’s men then have Sampdoria, Atalanta, and Cagliari on the agenda. While Lazio will be the favourites with the odds-makers for these clashes, it is typically in these types of games that Inzaghi’s men struggle. Moreover, Sampdoria and Atalanta have proven they can go toe-to-toe with just about any side in Italy, and will prove to be an equal match for Lazio. After all, there’s a reason these sides are still alive in the race for European football this late in the season.

In the past, Serie A’s provinciali have been Lazio’s bogey sides, and were a major reason behind their failed qualification to last season’s Champions League. If they win their game in hand, Lazio join Roma, and Atalanta in the pack behind Milan, and are in it with a chance. If they don’t, they might as well forget top four altogether.

With Roma experiencing a resurgence of sorts under Claudio Ranieri’s guidance, it will be important for Lazio to exhibit consistency in order to pip their fierce rivals to Champions League football. Roma, however, still have to take on Inter, and Juventus and will be travelling to the Stadio Luigi Ferrari to take on Genoa, which is never easy. Then, of course, there’s Milan.

While the rossoneri had shown signs of slowing down in recent weeks, dropping points against Inter, Sampdoria, Udinese and Juventus in their last four, their win against Lazio will undoubtedly spur them on. With clashes coming up against Parma, Torino and Bologna, there’s no reason why Milan shouldn’t pick up, at the very least, seven points out of their next nine, and continue their march for top four football. Their fate is very much in their own hands.

Lazio’s focus should be on overtaking Milan and Roma, however, they shouldn’t forget about Atalanta either. Even if they win their game in hand, gli Orobici will still have one point more than Lazio. As a result, they must beat them in their head-to-head game on May 5, and win out. Luckily for Lazio, Atalanta have one of the most difficult run-ins taking on Napoli, and Juventus.

While Lazio’s game in hand still gives them hope for top four football, they will have to be at their very best over the next couple of weeks, otherwise they can forget about top four football. Factor in their semi-final clash in the Coppa Italia against Milan, and their schedule is complicated further. In any case, Inzaghi’s men will be hungry to return Champions League football to the nation’s capital; something that hasn’t been done in over a decade at Lazio.

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Marotta reaffirms Inter’s faith in Spalletti

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During an interview with Radio Anch’io on Radio Uno, Inter CEO Sport Beppe Marotta discussed a variety of topics related to the Nerazzurri, including the ongoing controversy surrounding Mauro Icardi’s recent return to the starting XI and Luciano Spalletti’s future as coach ahead of next season. Here is what he had to say: Continue reading

Nainggolan determined to succeed despite inconsistent start at Inter

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Radja Nainggolan was one of several Inter players who spoke to the media in the immediate aftermath of the Nerazzurri’s comfortable 3-1 victory over Frosinone at the Stadio Benito Stirpe last night. Here is what the Belgian midfielder had to say: Continue reading