Hernanes believes that within two years Inter can ‘return to fighting for the Scudetto’, as he outlines the necessity of ending the season well.
The Nerazzurri are in contention for Europa League qualification this term despite inconsistent runs of form during a year in which Erick Thohir took over the club from Massimo Moratti.
“This year was particular because in the beginning there was great uncertainty about the new project,” Hernanes, who arrived in January, has reflected to Tuttosport today.
“Much will depend on how we close out the season – we must do it in a certain way, it will give us confidence and the fans too.
Inter travel to Parma on Saturday, the first of four matches that will decide Inter are playing in the Europe League next season or not.
With the run of games that Inter have between now and the end of the season, nothing less than three points on Saturday will do. The problem is that the Stadio Ennio Tardini has not traditionally been a happy destination for Inter fans, with the Nerazzurri losing on their last three trips there.
Inter’s Jonathan says he owes Nerazzurri Coach Walter Mazzarri a lot for the faith he has shown in him.
The former Napoli tactician has brought the Brazilian into the first team picture since taking the reins at San Siro.
The 28-year-old also relived a goal he scored against Roma in the Coppa Italia semi-finals, exactly one year ago today since it happened.
“It brought great emotion,” Jonathan recounted to reporters. “I knew then that scoring a goal would show the Inter fans exactly what the real Jonathan is all about.
“It was an important match against a tough rival like Roma.
Marco Fassone has outlined Inter’s future plans both financially and for the League and confirms they do include Walter Mazzarri.
Speculation has been that Mazzarri is under pressure to at least achieve Europa League qualification to ensure he remains in his post for next term.
“The Europa League is not a hidden goal. Inter must be in a Cup after a year without,” began director general Fassone to Sky Sport Italia today, before clarifying over Mazzarri.
“The Coach has been asked to take the team as high as possible, he is doing a great job and I have already mentioned to him that we are planning for the future.
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Edin Dzeko, Fernando Torres and Alvaro Morata top a list of transfer targets Inter Milan president Erick Thohir has drawn up for the summer.
The Manchester City, Chelsea and Real Madrid forwards are wanted by Thohir to lead his side’s target of a place in the Champions League in 2015-16, when the Indonesian businessman would like to see the Nerazzurri reach the final at the San Siro.
“I know that the names of Dzeko, Morata and Torres have been doing the rounds and if one of them were to join, that would be great for us,” Thohir told Indonesia’s Bola TV. “There are lots of candidates on the list, but we’re hoping to get a top European player. We need an attacker.”
According to the Gazzetta dello Sport, Inter Milan management want rid of Mauro Icardi for his off field antics, specifically what they consider to be his continued taunting of Sampdoria striker Maxi Lopez.
In a word. DON’T
Icardi has the potential to become a world class striker. We forget at times that he is only 21 and has yet to make 50 Serie A appearances.
What we cannot forget is that nobody in Europe has a better strike rate than Icardi. Over the last two seasons, Icardi has taken 83 shots, put 32 of them on target and scored 19 goals. That is a worldclass scoring rate.
The agent of Croatian midfielder Matteo Kovacic insists Inter Milan will be the ones to decide the player’s future.
Kovacic has been linked with a move away from San Siro this summer and is a reported target of Manchester United.
“Kovacic has five years left in his contract,” the player’s agent Nikki Vuksan told www.fcinternews.it.
“He is an Inter player and will continue to be until the club wishes otherwise. One has to ask Inter if they want to keep him or not.”
The Croatia international joined Inter from Dinamo Zagreb in January 2013 in a reported 15 million euros transfer fee.
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Mateo Kovacic has been heavily linked with a Premier League move, but insists “my future is at Inter.”
He spoke to Croatian portal Jutarnji and was asked about the on-going rumours of interest from Tottenham, Arsenal, Chelsea and above all Liverpool.
“The papers have to write something,” shrugged the midfielder who turns 20 next month.
“I’ve learned in football that there is always something to speculate on. It doesn’t weight on me. I have a contract until 2017, my future is with Inter and I am very happy to be a part of it.
Walter Mazzarri wasn’t happy with Inter’s performance and had words for Mauro Icardi after a fiery 4-0 win at Sampdoria.
“I look at the performance, though I realise I’m the only one who does. Today we won, even though we played badly in the first half and Samp deserved more,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia.
“Sampdoria were pressing us, got to the ball quicker and that wasn’t the kind of performance I want from my side. After the break we adjusted and realised what we were supposed to do.
“As we’ve seen today, if you score at the right moment then the result won’t necessarily reflect the performance.
It was a good Sunday for Inter as they beat Sampdoria 4-0 while Parma were drawing at Bologna. As a result Inter moved back into fifth place, two points ahead of Parma, who Inter meet next weekend.
It was a rare goal outburst by Inter as a brace by Mauro Icardi and goals by Walter Samuel and Rodrigo Palacio helped Inter to their biggest win since beating Sassuolo 7-0 back in September.
Red Card Changed Game
Inter were somewhat luckily to be in front when Sampdoria were reduced to 10-men after only 20 minutes. Samp’s Eder engaged in some off the ball handbags with Samuel and was shown his second yellow card, while the Inter defender was given a yellow card.