Marotta: “Happy and proud to begin new challenge at Inter”


“I am happy and proud to be beginning a new professional challenge at a prestigious club such as Inter. President Steven Zhang has an ambitious project and I am looking forward to becoming an active part of that. I want to thank Chairman Zhang and the Suning Group for their trust in me and I am sure that together we will make Inter successful again.” Those were the words of the Nerazzurri’s new Chief Executive Officer Sport, Beppe Marotta, who will work alongside current sporting director Piero Ausilio on the club’s transfer business. Continue reading

D’Ambrosio: “We need to win for our fans and because of our history”


Danilo D’Ambrosio spoke alongside Matteo Politano during Inter’s pre-match press conference ahead of tomorrow night’s crucial UEFA Champions League group stage match at home to PSV Eindhoven. Indeed, it will be a decisive game for the Nerazzurri, who must better Tottenham Hotspur’s result against leaders Barcelona in order to reach the Round of 16 stage of the competition. Here is what the former Torino full-back said to the gathered journalists in Appiano Gentile: Continue reading

Spalletti: “The PSV match is the most important one since I’ve been here”


Earlier this afternoon, Luciano Spalletti held his traditional pre-match press conference at the Suning Training Centre ahead of tomorrow night’s crucial UEFA Champions League group stage match against reigning Dutch champions PSV Eindhoven. Here is what the 59-year-old Tuscan said to the journalists in attendance: “This match is the most important one since I’ve been here and it represents the next step that follows on from Lazio vs. Inter on 20 May. Since I’ve been here, we’ve got the points and put in the performances that we needed. Now, we’re here to play for a spot in the last 16 on the final day of the group stage. Continue reading

Spalletti deserves criticism for handing initiative to Juventus in Derby d’Italia


“It’s unfortunate that we lost, but we were the team that had the bigger chances during the game. But this is Juventus’s strength: we more than matched them, but they know how to fully capitalise on their opportunities. We didn’t manage to find the back of the net, however. We could have got a better result tonight, but we’ll try to take good heart from the good things we did tonight: on Tuesday evening, we have to win at San Siro in front of our fans, who are always fantastic.” Continue reading

Spalletti: “We did well for long spells, but we’re still too careless at times”


Luciano Spalletti was understandably frustrated by the manner in which his Inter side were defeated 1-0 by Juventus in tonight’s showpiece Derby d’Italia at Allianz Stadium in Turin. Indeed, the 59-year-old Tuscan made it perfectly clear to the media after the match that he was not satisfied with the way his players handled themselves during the crucial moments, particularly during the second half. Here is what he said: “We did quite well in the game, the team played some great football but we got things wrong at certain times which cannot happen against Juventus. Continue reading

Spalletti: “We’ll face Juventus with courage and determination”


Ahead of tonight’s Derby d’Italia between Juventus and Inter, Nerazzurri coach Luciano Spalletti held his traditional pre-match press conference yesterday afternoon. The 59-year-old Tuscan was full of praise for the Bianconeri and the way in which they have continually strengthened their squad over the course of the past few years. Here is what he had to say to the gathered journalists at the Suning Training Centre: Continue reading

Why Inter must take a proactive approach against Juventus on Friday night


“I would absolutely not be content with a point at the Juventus Stadium. We go there to play it without fear, as that must be the mentality of a sportsman.” Those were the words of Inter captain Mauro Icardi in response to a question about the Nerazzurri’s plan of attack ahead of Friday night’s crucial Derby d’Italia against the Bianconeri. Continue reading

Spalletti right to ask for more from ace marksman Icardi


“Icardi is truly a hitman. It becomes difficult to ask him for anything else, because when it counts, he’s there to finish these chances. At times he should be closer to the rest of the team and help hold the ball up, but on the other hand, he is so lethal because that’s how he plays. Icardi has this great confidence and even arrogance in front of goal. Those are his characteristics, he scores goals and brings home points. I think he’d do even more if he came deeper and combined with the midfielders, but I think he is working hard to improve that area of his game. It goes a long way back, his style of play.” Continue reading

Keita Baldé’s words must ring true for Inter against Roma


Ahead of tomorrow night’s crucial Serie A match against Roma, Inter winger Keita Baldé spoke to Sky Sport about a variety of issues. Indeed, the 23-year-old Senegal international discussed how pleased he was to finally get off the mark in a Nerazzurri shirt during last weekend’s 3-0 victory over Frosinone at San Siro. Here is what he had to say: “It was a great feeling to score my first goal at home in front of our fans. I had been waiting for a long time for it, but I worked to make it happen and it’s now only just the beginning. However, I must still do a lot more to improve and to help the team. Continue reading

Spalletti: “We must approach the game as though it were a straight knockout”


Luciano Spalletti held his traditional pre-match press conference ahead of Inter’s crucial UEFA Champions League group stage match against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley. Here is what the 59-year-old Tuscan tactician had to say in front of the dozens of journalists in attendance: Continue reading