Wanda jumps to Icardi’s defence and confirms he will pen new Inter deal

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Mauro Icardi’s agent-wife has spoken to Mediaset television programme Tika Taka regarding her husband’s future, confirming that he is set to sign a new contract which will see him remain at Inter this summer and beyond. Wanda Nara also defended MI9 against accusations that he did not do enough to help his teammates as they struggled to break down a stubborn Sassuolo defence at San Siro on Saturday night. Here is what she had to say: Continue reading

Toothless Inter must work tirelessly to overcome issues in attack

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“All that was missing from our game was the final pass, we made the wrong decision on a number of occasions. The coach asked us to remain calm, including in the final stages if the scoreline remained goalless. We made a few mistakes on the ball and need to work on this. When a goal doesn’t come, we have to concentrate on keeping the ball and attack at the right moment.” Those were the words of Inter full-back Kwadwo Asamoah in the aftermath of Saturday night’s 0-0 draw at home to Sassuolo. Continue reading

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

Inter’s busy schedule should offer Dalbert chance to prove his worth

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“Thanks to God, I scored my first goal in the Inter shirt today. I’ve worked hard to experience moments like this, and I also want to thank my family. I did feel some fatigue this evening, but I worked hard and am happy with my performance. Scoring two goals early on helped us a lot, and we did well in terms of approaching the match in the right way and getting the result that we wanted. The team are working hard and did so during the winter break too. We all came back in the same physical condition as before.” Those were the words of Brazilian full-back Dalbert in the aftermath of the Nerazzurri’s 6-2 victory over Benevento on last weekend. 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

Serie A Injury and Suspension Report – Round 20

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Juventus: Miralem Pjanic is suspended, while Douglas Costa (calf) and Rodrigo Bentancur (thigh) are banged up after the Supercoppa, but they could recover by Monday. Mario Mandzukic will be on the mend for a couple more weeks and Medhi Benatia remains iffy with a sore groin.

Napoli: Lorenzo Insigne, Allan and Kalidou Koulibaly are disqualified. Dries Mertens is trying to shake off an ankle sprain and his presence is not 100 percent certain. Marek Hamsik is not expected to come back from his thigh strain. Raul Albiol is fatigued, but available.  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

Serie A Fantasy Predictions – Round 20

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Roma-Torino: the Giallorossi are on the up and up with three wins in the last four games, over Genoa, Sassuolo and Parma and have re-entered the Champions League fray. The Granata continue to be a little uninspiring, they have prevailed just twice in their last seven games, but they are still undefeated on the road and have shared the spoils in the majority of away matches. Patrick Schick has had a resurgence is the last month and the duel with Edin Dzeko is legitimate now. They have also recovered Lorenzo Pellegrini, who was having a great season before getting hurt and makes them very menacing up front, since Cengiz Under, Bryan Cristante, Nicolò Zaniolo and Justin Kluivert have all been productive before the break and even Javier Pastore showed some life in Coppa Italia. Continue reading