The Serie A fixture calendar for the 2017/18 season has been released and they schedule makers did Inter no favors
The Nerazzurri open up the season with a home date against Fiorentina on August 20 and follow that up with a trip to Roma the following Saturday August 26.
The tough opening matches means that Inter cannot wait until late August to complete their summer transfer business because they cannot afford to drop points to Fiorentina and Roma right off the start of the season.
In the build-up to today’s International Champions Cup clash with Bayern Munich, Diego Milito, a man whose name will forever remain inextricably linked to this fixture, spoke to Mediaset Premium about that meeting seven years ago…
“It was an unforgettable match for me and all the fans.
“Whenever there’s a game against Bayern, the memories come flooding back. It was a fantastic match. It’s never easy to score two goals in a final so it will always be remembered as a special occasion.
Luciano Spalletti believes Inter’s performance against Bayern showed a glimpse of his team’s potential – but warns they still have a lot of growing to do before they can compete regularly at this level.
“We played well today. We kept our shape and closed down our opponents well. If we want to be picky, perhaps we weren’t quite so sharp in possession in the second half,” the boss began.
Ivan Perisic showed why Manchester United are so keen to take him to Old Trafford with a stunning assist and Eder scored twice as Inter defeated Bayern Munich 2-0 in the International Champions Cup.
The Croatia international showcased his talent with a sensational cross that saw Eder double his tally on the half hour with the striker having opened the scoring after eight minutes in Singapore.
It was the high point of a solid display from Perisic and the overall performance will provide Inter fans with hope that they can improve from a miserable campaign last season. Not only did Inter look dangerous going forward, most pleasing might have been the performance of Miranda and Skriniar at the back.
I honestly thought that when I returned from vacation that deals would have been all completed. But it is clear that until Ivan Perisic is sold to Manchester United that Suning is not putting up the cash necessary to make the squad better.
But when the Perisic sale is completed, and it will be, here are the two signings that Inter have reportedly already lined up.
It’s a sellers market and one of the most over-priced players in Europe at the moment is Nice defender Dalbert. According to Transfermarkt.com, one of the best sites for player valuations, the 23-year-old is valued at €5m.
Like all Inter fans, Gigi Simoni has been left totally unimpressed with Inter’s transfer strategy this summer, noting “Milan bought everyone and they are there feeling sorry for themselves.”
While the Rossoneri have been dining at the big boys table this summer by spending over €210m on 10 new players, Inter have been content to sign players who would have trouble legally buying a drink in Milan.
“Now let’s see if Suning manage to keep their promises, as so far they’ve done practically nothing,” the former Inter Coach Simoni told Sky Sport Italia.
We are almost at the end of July and Inter boss Luciano Spalletti is not happy with the club’s lack of activity in the summer transfer market.
According to Gazzetta dello Spalletti met with Suning Group representative Steven Zhang, technical coordinator Walter Sabatini, sporting director Piero Ausilio and administrator Giovanni Gardini in Nanjing dover the weekend.
During the meeting Spalletti reaffirmed that he needed 4-5 signings and a squad of 18-20 players capable of starting if Inter was to launch a top four challenge this season.
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The 2017-18 Coppa Italia draw has been made and we have the potential of a Derby della Madonnina quarter-final followed by a meeting with Lazio or Fiorentina in the semi-final.
This is a really good draw for Inter. With no European football to get distracted by, and with Juventus, Roma and Napoli all in the other half of the draw, there is no reason why Inter should not go all our for a tournament that they have not won since 2011. Especially since they only have to play five matches to win the competition!
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Luciano Spalletti said that he saw some positive things from Inter against Lyon on Monday in China,
The Nerazzurri beat Lyon 1-0 with Stevan Jovetic getting a late winner from a Joao Mario assist and afterwards Spalletti declared himself satisfied with the second-half performance saying that Inter are beginning to look more and more like his side.
“The team were very structured,” he began.
“In the first half, we made some mistakes trying to win back the ball and made some pointless runs, but after half-time we did well to defend higher up the pitch and our positioning was better.
According to Sky Italia, Inter are getting ready to pay the €24m release clause of Fiorentina midfielder Matias Vecino.
Vecino has a release clause in his contract until August 10 and it reported that Inter will activate it if they can split the payments into two equal sums of €12m over the next two years.
Luciano Spalletti is said to be a big fan of Vecino, and reportedly wanted to take him to previous club Roma.
The Uruguayan got three goals and four assists in Serie A last season, and has a transfer would also reunite the 25-year-old with Borja Valero, who left the Viola to join Inter earlier this month.