Blitzed in Bergamo: Inter thrashed as Atalanta deal harsh reality check

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During an interview with DAZN ahead of yesterday afternoon’s match against Atalanta, Inter CEO Alessandro Antonello warned Luciano Spalletti’s players of the potential danger that comes with facing Gian Piero Gasperini’s men: “We need to stay alert, Bergamo is traditionally a very difficult place to visit and it’s never easy to get a result here. We’re counting on our players’ focus to continue on this positive run in the league following the big match against Barcelona in the Champions League.” Continue reading

Serie A Fantasy Recap – Round 12

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There were certainly some surprising results in the last round before another international break.

Standings implications: Juventus bested Milan in the last Sunday game, while Napoli prevailed in the soggy battle in Genoa and have re-assumed sole control of the second place since Inter came crashing down hard in Bergamo. Roma finally put together a brilliant performance against the wheezing Sampdoria. Atalanta leapfrogged few teams in the Europa League race since Fiorentina conceded late and was held to yet another 1-1 tie in Frosinone and Parma snatched a quality road win versus Torino. Continue reading

Spalletti urges Inter to show positive reaction after international break

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Unsurprisingly, Inter coach Luciano Spalletti did not mince his words following his side’s disastrous 4-1 defeat to Atalanta earlier this afternoon. Here is what the 59-year-old Tuscan tactician had to say: “We fell back into bad habits today and failed to keep our concentration levels high, with our carelessness giving them space to exploit. When you come up against a determined and ruthless team, everything becomes more difficult. Continue reading

Spalletti warns Inter stars against complacency ahead of Atalanta clash

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Luciano Spalletti held his traditional pre-match press conference today ahead of his side’s trip to Bergamo where they will face Atalanta tomorrow afternoon. The 59-year-old addressed a variety of issues, including the recent performances of João Mário, Milan Škriniar and Samir Handanović. He also discussed José Mourinho’s celebration after Manchester United’s 2-1 victory over Juventus at the Allianz Stadium. Here is what he had to say: Continue reading

Atalanta will prove tough opponents as Inter look to make it eight in a row

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For the vast majority of the millions of Inter fans across the world, it will seem like an eternity since their beloved team’s season was in ruins following a 1-0 defeat at home to newly-promoted Parma. Since that fateful afternoon, the Nerazzurri have clinched seven consecutive victories, propelling themselves into second place ahead of Napoli on goal difference. Sampdoria, Fiorentina, Cagliari, SPAL, AC Milan, Lazio and Genoa have all been brushed aside as Luciano Spalletti and his players look to make up for lost time. Continue reading

Serie A Probable Lineups – Round 12

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Frosinone XI: 3-4-3 Sportiello; Goldaniga, Ariaudo, Capuano; Zampano, Chibsah, Maiello, Beghetto; Vloet, Ciofani, Campbell.

Potential lineup changes: Beghetto for Goldaniga, Gori for Maiello, Cassata for Vloet.

Confirmed Out: Ciano (thigh), Molinaro (quad), Dionisi (knee), Hallfredsson (knee), Paganini (knee), Ardaiz (thigh).

 

Fiorentina XI: 4-3-3 Lafont; Milenkovic, Pezzella, Hugo, Biraghi; Benassi, Veretout, Gerson; Chiesa, Simeone, Pjaca. Continue reading

Serie A Injury Report – Round 12

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Juventus: Sami Khedira (hamstring) and Mario Mandzukic (ankle) played in Champions League, while Douglas Costa was ruled out for another thigh problem, same for Moise Kean. They are unlikely to be available for the weekend. Federico Bernardeschi is questionable for the muscular ailment that has been bugging him for a while.

Inter:  Radja Nainggolan started against Barcelona, but he is still less than 100 percent because of the recent ankle sprain so he could be rested.

Napoli: Dries Mertens subbed off versus PSG because of a bruised shoulder, but he avoided further complications and should be good to go for the weekend. Continue reading

Barcelona clash a true test of Inter’s European credentials

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During his pre-match press conference, ahead of tomorrow night’s UEFA Champions League group stage match against Barcelona, Inter coach Luciano Spalletti made no secret of the fact that he sees the Catalonian side as the benchmark for his squad of players. Here is what the 59-year-old said: “We’ve always said that we can play against any opponent. The fact that the team is doing well, in terms of performance and results, demonstrates that this is the chance to see if we really can compete against any side. Barcelona represents the highest level of difficulty that there is.” Continue reading

Five star Inter make another statement of intent ahead of Barcelona showdown

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“The important thing is the victory for the team. As regards myself, I play wherever the coach asks me to play. Nine wins in the last ten games? This consistency comes from the work the team, the coach and his technical staff put in every day. If I had to grade Inter? I’d give us a ten, not just for how we played today, but also for the work we put in during the week and the environment at the club.” Those were the words of Nerazzurri full-back Dalbert, who spoke to Inter TV in the immediate aftermath of his side’s resounding 5-0 victory at home to Genoa yesterday afternoon. Continue reading

Spalletti full of praise for Gagliardini et al following Genoa destruction

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Unsurprisingly, Inter coach Luciano Spalletti was fulsome in his appreciation of his side’s application and desire to succeed following this afternoon’s 5-0 victory over Genoa at San Siro. The 59-year-old tactician continued to rotate his squad by giving rare starts to the likes of Dalbert, Roberto Gagliardini, João Mário and Lautaro Martínez. The Nerazzurri’s so-called ‘squad players’ did not disappoint. Indeed, they showed the 67,000 fans in the stadium that their team is no longer reliant on Mauro Icardi to win games single-handedly; they have goals in them all over the pitch. Continue reading