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Derby Result Pushes Suning Towards Simeone

Throwing away three points in the derby at the weekend was the final nail in the coffin of Stefano Pioli. Inter’s poor record in big games under Pioli has been dreadful and Suning want a proven winner on the Inter bench next season.

Having flirted with Chelsea boss Antonio Conte recently, Suning has once again turned their attention back to Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone becomes the number one target.

Simeone is of course a former Inter player who has often said he’d love to come back to San Siro as a coach. He is close with Inter vice-president Javier Zanetti and would be welcomed back with open arms by the Inter fans.

Inter legend and vice president Javier Zanetti has told Reuters that Suning are determined to turn Inter into one of the world’s top 10 clubs.

Zanetti won everything at Inter, them us win four successive Serie A titles and culminating in a league, cup and Champions League treble in 2010 under Jose Mourinho.

Since the glory days of Mourinho, Inter have been in a steady decline, but Zanetti sees a better future on the horizon:

“We were winning for seven years in a row so it was perfectly natural that (would end), at a time when the ownership changed twice in three years,” he said.

Wanted: A Winning Mentality

It is easier said than done, but no team can be glorious and garner trophies without one ingredient: a winning mentality.

It’s what motivated Inter between 2006 and 2011, what spurred Juventus first with Conte then with Allegri. It’s what distinguishes clubs like Barcelona or Real Madrid.

A winning mentality must first and foremost be imposed by the coach. Stefano Pioli will never deliver that. Conte or Simeone may be the right people to do so right now, but it seems they will not be joining Inter soon due to their respective situations with their clubs, being under important contracts and all that.

Pioli: “We Had The Wrong Approach”

Inter boss Stefano Pioli admits his side “didn’t have the right approach or give Crotone the right amount of consideration” in their 2-1 defeat.

The Nerazzurri were positively dominated in the first half at the Stadio Scida and lucky to only be 2-0 down to a Diego Falcinelli brace, as Joao Mario also had to perform a goal-line clearance on Marcus Rohden.

They fought back after the break with Danilo D’Ambrosio, but Eder’s chance of equalising came off the woodwork.

“Clearly we didn’t have the right approach,” the Coach told Mediaset Premium. “We made too many mistakes, it was a game that should’ve seen us go into it differently and we ruined it at the start.

Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio was horrified by the Nerazzurri’s 2-1 defeat to Crotone saying “The team was superficial, arrogant and unacceptable.”

This was Inter’s second consecutive loss and with three tough matches to come, Inter could easily slide out of the Europa League palces by the end of the month.

“When you see an attitude like the one in the first half, you’re not going to win any game,” Ausilio blasted on Inter Channel.

“The team was superficial, arrogant and unacceptable. If you go on the field and don’t give your all, of course you’re going to struggle.

Massimo Moratti believes Inter Milan can “soon become the anti-Juventus” side in Serie A with Stefano Pioli and is against hiring former Juventus manager Antonio Conte.

The former President spoke to Tuttomercatoweb about the 2-1 home defeat to Sampdoria, which saw their hopes of a Champions League spot die.

“Unfortunately I was unable to see the game, as I was abroad for work. In any case,

“I don’t think the media was very kind to Pioli and the team.

“Before the defeat against Sampdoria, the general tone around the side was very positive, but it was transformed after Monday.

Pioli Not Worried About Conte’s Shadow

Stefano Pioli says feels comfortable on the Inter bench and shrugs off Antonio Conte rumours.

“I open the door, but don’t see anyone there.”

The Coach was already under fire before Monday’s 2-1 home defeat to Sampdoria, which effectively ended their hopes of a Champions League spot.

“We’ll evaluate our position at the end of the season. I do have a solid points per game average since taking over, so that means we’ve done well overall,” Pioli told Top Calcio 24.

Welcome To Inter Domenico Berardi

Domenico BerardiLooks like Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio has started his summer shopping early, with the news that the Nerazzurri have reached an agreement with Sassuolo for striker Domenico Berardi

Corriere dello Sport broke the story, although no mention of the transfer fee has been announced. Sassuolo reportedly wanted €40 million for the 22-year-old Italian, but reports are that Inter have included 23-year-old Gianluca Caprari who is currently on loan at Pescara, in the deal, which should bring the price down.

Berardi has 57 goals and provided 37 assists in 152 career appearances for Sassuolo, but he has struggled to recapture his form this term after a lengthy injury layoff, having scored just once since August.

Ausilio And D’Ambrosio Renew

Inter have officially announced that full-back Danilo D’Ambrosio has signed a new contract that will keep him at the club until 2021. While reports are that Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio is ready to sign a new two-year contract extension with the club.

D’Ambrosio has been terrific this season. He has been the best right-back in Serie A this season according to whoscored.com, and Inter’s fourth best player.

His form has changed Inter’s approach to the summer transfer market, and there appears to no longer be a need to go oit and sign a right back like Manchester United’s Matteo Darmian.

Inter have hit the wall and that is something that is causing concern with Suning.

With only four wins in their last 9 games in all competitions, Inter’s dreams of Champions League football have died. At the moment, even Europa League football for next season is not assured as Inter.

Included in those matches are defeats to Lazio, Juventus and Roma, all sides above Inter the table.

And questions are starting to be asked about whether manager Stefano Pioli is the right man to take Inter back into Europe.