Mazzarri Blasts Referee

by David on September 1, 2014

mazzarri-newWalter Mazzarri blasted the referee after Inter’s 0-0 draw with Torino, as Nemanja Vidic was sent off. “Absurd decisions.”

The opening Serie A game ended goalless, but only thanks to Samir Handanovic parrying a Marcelo Larrondo penalty.

“It was a balanced and difficult game, which we knew it was going to be, as it’s never easy to play in Turin where they sit back and wait for you,” Mazzarri told Sky Sport Italia.

“We tried to win right to the end, but didn’t take our chances. Gary Medel was making his debut and did very well. Overall we played well and it’ll be tough for everyone here.”

Handanovic Rescues Inter Again In Turin

by David on August 31, 2014

Handanovic-Inter-MilanSamir Handanovic saved a penalty and Nemanja Vidic was sent off as Torino held Inter to a 0-0 draw.

Both sides won in the Europa League play-offs on Thursday, so confidence was brimming at the Stadio Olimpico. Daniel Osvaldo had a slight groin strain and Rodrigo Palacio was injured, so Mateo Kovacic started behind Mauro Icardi, while Gary Medel and Yann M’Vila received their Serie A debuts. Toro missed Paulo Vitor Barreto, Alexander Farnerud, Perez and the suspended Giuseppe Vives, but above all Alessio Cerci was nowhere to be seen ahead of his transfer to Atletico Madrid.

new-inter-badgeJavier Zanetti believes that Inter face a ‘difficult’ Europa League group following this afternoon’s draw.

The Nerazzurri were handed clashes against French side Saint-Etienne, Dnipro of Ukraine and Azerbaijan side Qarabag.

And the former defender, who is now on the board at San Siro, has admitted that his team will have to be at 100 per cent to progress.

“All the matches are going to be difficult,” he told Sport Mediaset. “But in the paly-off we’ve proven our quality, so hopefully we can continue along that line.

“The goal is to do as well as possible in every competition, and that includes the Europa League.

Mazzarri: We Need To Forget The First Leg

by David on August 27, 2014

mazzarri-newWalter Mazzarri has urged his Inter side to forget their Europa League first leg and focus on the return match tomorrow. The Nerazzurri host Stjarnan on Thursday in the second leg of their play-off, holding a 3-0 lead from the first clash.

But the Coach has insisted that his men have to play as if it were 0-0 if they want to make the group stage.

“I hope there will be a great atmosphere tomorrow that helps us get through,” he told a Press conference.

“I’ve asked the lads to forget the first leg result, we need to focus on our target – making the group phase.

Guarin-InterInter midfielder Fredy Guarin’s agent confirmed a €12m Zenit offer was rejected “because he’s waiting for Juventus.”

The Colombian had already been on the verge of joining Juve in January in a swap deal with Mirko Vucinic before Inter pulled the plug.

“The offer from Zenit arrived and it is worth €12m,” agent Marcelo Ferreyra told RAI Sport in Milan.

“However, the player said no because he’s waiting for Juventus to make a move.”

This is a deal that might go down to the transfer deadline as Manchester United want Juve midfielder Arturo Vidal. From reading between the lines from Guarin’s agent Juventus will replace Vidal with Guarin.

Inter Loan Botta And Schelotto To Chievo

by David on August 26, 2014

new-inter-badgeInter have officially loaned Ruben Botta and Ezequiel Schelotto to Chievo. The deal had been in the works for several days, but was completed this evening.

For striker Botta it is a one-season loan, but Chievo have an option to buy Schelotto on a permanent basis at the end of the season. Schelotto had already been sent out on loan to Parma and Sassuolo recently.

Botta has not impressed at Inter, but maybe playing every week will give him a chance to show how good he is,

Mazzarri Happy With Win And Performance

by David on August 21, 2014

mazzarri-newWalter Mazzarri was understandably satisfied after an efficient Inter display in Reykjavik saw them triumph on an away trip that had all the makings of the proverbial banana skin.

Speaking to Inter Channel and the gathered journalists following tonight’s 3-0 win at Laugardalsvöllur Stadium, the Nerazzurri manager explained:

Convincing Away Win In Europe For Inter

by David on August 20, 2014

Mauro-Icardi-InterMauro Icardi, Dodo and Danilo D’Ambrosio gave Inter a 3-0 away win at Stjarnan in the Europa League play-off.

The Nerazzurri went into this first leg against Icelandic club Stjarnan, the lowest ranked side still in the competition. Rodrigo Palacio was ruled out by injury, so Ruben Botta supported Icardi and Dodo shook off flu symptoms to start.

Despite it kicking off at 21.00 local time, there was bright daylight in Rekjavik and a temperature of around 7C.

Within two minutes Icardi’s header from a corner had skimmed the crossbar. Hernanes blasted over from distance and a Botta drive was easily smothered.

Will Inter Spend Big For Andre Ayew?

by David on August 18, 2014

new-inter-badgeReports out of Ghana suggest that Inter are interested in signing Ghana winger Andre Ayew from Marseille for between €8-10 million.

Ayew has been linked with a move to city rivals AC Milan, but no bid has been made and reports now are that Inter are poised to snatch the Ghana international from under their noses.

He was one of Ghana’s star performers at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil where the African crashed out in the group phase.

Palacio-InterAfter a meeting between the technical and medical staff where Rodrigo Palacio was also present Inter has decided that the Argentina striker is not fit enough yet to take part in Inter’s upcoming Europa League match against Stjarnan. As a result, Palacio has been replaced by Zdravko Kuzmanovic in the Inter squad.

Updated Inter squad to face Stjarnan:
Samir Handanovic, Jonathan, Juan Jesus, Marco Andreolli, Daniel Osvaldo, Zdravko Kuzmanovic, Mauro Icardi, Mateo Kovacic, Ricky Alvarez, Fredy Guarin, Nemanja Vidic, Ruben Botta, Joel Obi, Dodò, Andrea Ranocchia, Giacomo Sciacca, Matias Silvestre, Juan Pablo Carrizo, Danilo D’Ambrosio, René Krhin, Tommaso Berni, Isaac Donkor, Yuto Nagatomo, Hernanes, Yann M’Vila, Davide Costa, Andrea Palazzi, Federico Bonazzoli