Hernanes believes Inter’s “season begins from this moment” after a 2-2 draw with Napoli. “We were on the edge of a precipice.”
His late header snatched a 2-2 draw for the Nerazzurri, perhaps saving Walter Mazzarri from the sack, as they had been trailing twice.
“We talked about it in the locker room and said we looked like a real team at last. We communicated more on the field too,” the Brazilian told Sky Sport Italia.
“At times these moments arrive when you need to pull out that determination from within yourself and turn around a difficult situation.
Inter director Piero Ausilio praised the “heart” of his team to draw 2-2 with Napoli, but Walter Mazzarri was “wrecked!”
The post-match interview with Sky Sport Italia was down to Ausilio, as Mazzarri remained in the locker room.
“It’s nothing worrying, he’s just wrecked! It was a special game for him, he was sent off and he is simply out of energy,” noted Ausilio.
“He apologises for not coming here, but from Monday onwards he will be able to have his say on the game.
A late flurry of goals at San Siro saw Inter Milan and Napoli share the points from a 2-2 Serie A draw.
Both Inter coach Walter Mazzarri and Napoli boss Rafael Benitez were challenging their former clubs as both have a certain amount of pressure on their shoulders following sluggish starts to the season.
There was an anxious stalemate in Milan until Jose Callejon scored the first of his two goals with a little more than 10 minutes remaining.
When substitute Fredy Guarin levelled it looked like Inter had done enough to rescue a point but they were forced to mount one last rally after Callejon converted his brace in stoppage time.
Mateo Kovacic, Yuto Nagatomo, Fredy Guarin and Gary Medel are all in the Inter squad to face Napoli.
There had been huge doubts over several top players, as Kovacic, Guarin, Nagatomo and Medel all returned from international duty with knocks or muscular problems.
Medel played another game for Chile despite losing two teeth and needing stitches in his tongue following an elbow against Peru.
Daniel Osvaldo and Danilo D’Ambrosio are out of action for four to six weeks, while Jonathan and ex-Napoli defender Hugo Campagnaro also sit on the treatment table.
Walter Mazzarri aimed sideswipes at old club Napoli, the Inter boo boys and fitness problems ahead of tomorrow’s clash.
“The break for international duty went very well,” said the Coach in his Press conference after two consecutive Serie A defeats.
“We discussed and worked on the mistakes made. I saw the lads eager to get back on track from tomorrow. We are preparing the game in every detail and I hope everyone can put into practice what we tried in training. We hope to guarantee intensity and preferably get the incidents going our way.
It is never too early too look ahead to the January transfer window and it looks like a familiar face could be returning to the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza as Rolando’s agent has “confidence” in a January return to Inter after failing to agree an extension with Porto.
The Portuguese international defender spent last season at San Siro, but the two clubs could not agree this summer on a price to make the move permanent.
“We are waiting and have confidence,” agent Oscar Cardoso told Calciomercato.com.
“This is all we can say.”
Inter legend Sandro Mazzola has publicly spoken the words than many Inter fans fear, but are afraid to say. That Erick Thohir “doesn’t want to spend money” on improving the team.
The Nerazzurri are under pressure after two consecutive Serie A defeats to Cagliari and Fiorentina, while this weekend they host Napoli.
“I get the feeling Thohir doesn’t want to spend money,” Mazzola told Radio Crc.
“Even if you lose, it depends on how you get there and defeat can be acceptable if you’ve given your all on the field.
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Worrying news for Inter, as Mateo Kovacic limped off with a groin problem during Croatia’s game against Azerbaijan.
The 20-year-old midfielder lasted less than half an hour in tonight’s Euro 2016 qualifier.
Kovacic hobbled off the field 24 minutes into the match and initial reports suggest a groin or upper thigh problem. More tests will be needed to ascertain the extent of the damage.
Kovacic has been brilliant for Inter this season and for him to potential miss the weekend’s crucial Serie A clash with Napoli will be a big blow.
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Inter Coach Walter Mazzarri insists he is not worried by Brazilian midfielder Hernanes’ slow start to the season.
The 29-year-old joined the Nerazzurri in a €20m deal last January, but has come in for some criticism so far this season.
“He hasn’t been as bad as people have made out,” defended Mazzarri in a Press conference ahead of his side’s game against Atalanta tomorrow.
“He got two assists against Sassuolo. Sure, from him you expect more, but he’ll soon be back to his decisive best, even if he did not do so well against Palermo in a more defensive role.”
Walter Mazzarri has again expressed the need for patience, but he hopes Inter can bounce back against Atalanta after a disappointing draw on Sunday.
The Nerazzurri are undefeated thus far in Serie A, but remain four points behind pace-setters Juventus and Roma after two draws and a win in their opening three games, including a 1-1 result at the weekend against Palermo.
The Milanese side’s Coach, however, believes that his side just needs time to gel.
“For us, this is the beginning of a new cycle,” Mazzarri began at today’s Press conference.