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

Serie A Weekly Transfer Market Recap

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The transfer market moves along pretty slowly, waiting for the completion of some massive deals and especially for the final week. Some minor but relevant moves still went down in the past few days. Serie A teams are making it a habit of securing transfers for next season and Fiorentina pulled off an intriguing one: the central midfielder Hamed Traorè, who showed great promise and is just 18-year-old. He will finish the year at Empoli and was acquired for €12M.

With the same formula and for around €4M, Cagliari purchased the defensive prospect Sebastian Walukiewicz from Pogon Szczecin, while Sampdoria, for much cheaper, completed the signing of centre-back of Ernesto Mulè from Trapani. 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

Flamengo move provides Gabigol with perfect opportunity to showcase his talent

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For the millions of Inter fans across the world, it feels like an age has passed since Suning purchased a controlling stake in their club from the much-maligned Erick Thohir. Indeed, a lot has happened since the Indonesian businessman sold a large percentage of his share to the Chinese corporation. Within weeks of their arrival, Suning made a significant statement of intent by bringing Brazilian starlet Gabriel Barbosa – ‘Gabigol’ to you and I – to the club for a record fee. Continue reading

Inter 100% correct to distance themselves from making any signings this month

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As is the case throughout each and every transfer window, Inter have already been linked with a plethora of players this month. Since the appointment of Beppe Marotta as the club’s new CEO sport last month, several high-profile Italian journalists have been determined to peddle the idea that the former Juventus board member will look to make a statement of intent by making a big-name addition to Luciano Spalletti’s squad. Simply put, that would be a very dangerous game to play for all concerned. Continue reading

Inter must bring a-game to avert upset against bogey team Sassuolo

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“It is in general a positive season so far, although if it weren’t for a few too many draws and some injuries to big players, we could’ve had four or five more Serie A points.” Those were the words of Sassuolo coach Roberto De Zerbi as he spoke to Rai Sport in the aftermath of his side’s 2-0 defeat to Napoli in the Coppa Italia on Sunday night. Indeed, the Neroverdi can count themselves unlucky not to have kicked on from what was an extremely positive start to the campaign. Continue reading