Inter coach Roberto Mancini has dismissed speculation of discord over Stevan Jovetic’s injury, but revealed that the forward will miss the Sampdoria game.
The 50-year-old was forced to respond to questions regarding a reported meeting with Jovetic, who is expected to miss the Sampdoria game but will feature for Montenegro during the upcoming international break.
However, Mancini played down suggestions that there was a disagreement between the respective parties, and conceded that his in-form star would miss this weekend’s encounter.
“Nothing happened at the meeting [with Jovetic],” he told reporters. “I’m not angry with anybody.
If you include preseason games, Roberto Mancini’s side has played 12 games this season. They have scored 10 goals in those 12 games.
At first I thought that Inter’s lack of goals was down to all the new players trying to adjust to Mancini’s system.
But we are five games into the season and Inter seem no closer to finding the back of the net than they did during their China tour in July.
In only one game this season, an away fixture against Carpi, have they scored more than one goal in a Serie A fixture and there is a high reliance on new captain Mauro Icardi
Lost in the Fiorentina defeat was the comments by Inter president Erick Thohir before the game that he promised ‘new reinforcements’ in January.
“Let’s see what happens and whether we’re still first,” he told Sky Sport Italia about the possibility of more buys in January.
“Yes, a few reinforcements will arrive, alongside a few players being sold, because we can’t have 30 players, the max is 25.”
The Inter boss then went on to talk about a couple of current Inter players:
“We have a lot of players with a strong character.
Roberto Mancini insisted Inter’s crushing defeat to Fiorentina changed nothing in the team’s bid for the Scudetto.
Inter conceded three goals in the opening 23 minutes in their 4-1 loss at home to Fiorentina on Sunday.
It was Inter’s first defeat of the Serie A season as Fiorentina replaced the San Siro club atop the table after six matches.
Mancini, however, was upbeat in his interview with Sky Sport Italia following the defeat.
“These are games that start badly,” he said. “We conceded after four minutes, were caught on the counter and then there was the red card. It was impossible to come back from that.
The Nerazzurri have failed to impress despite their 15 points in the table, and with several worries coming out of the defeat to the Gigliati, questions must be asked about what is actually going on at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.
The Nerazzurri were run off the park by La Viola and coach Paulo Sousa, falling behind by three goals after just 23 minutes en route to a heavy 4-1 defeat at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.
While many sides would be more than happy to have the 15 points Roberto Mancini and his side have earned up to now, here are five things the Nerazzurri must consider if they want their quick start to be considered as anything but fortunate.
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Inter President Erick Thohir insisted that the club are ready to move ahead in their project to secure the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, pending the approval from the city council.
With AC Milan working on getting a new stadium built, the Nerazzurri have been hard at work to become sole owners of the San Siro.
Thohir confirmed that the plans are well under way and that they are ready to get started as soon as Inter are given the green light.
“Inter have been working on the San Siro project for nine months,” explained the Nerazzurri patron on Sky Sport 24.
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Inter are reportedly furious after Milan President Silvio Berlusconi declared their intention to stay at San Siro.
The Rossoneri had been looking to develop their own stadium in the Portello area of the city, but got into dispute with Fondazione Fiera, which owns the land.
Berlusconi declared this week that the intention was therefore to remain at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, shared with Inter, and Tuttosport reports that the Nerazzurri are furious.
The main issue is believed to be the time wasted. Beneamata President Erick Thohir had explored the idea of leaving San Siro for a new stadium, but put those plans on hold when it appeared the Diavolo wanted to move out.
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The 215th Derby della Madonnina took place on Sunday night in Serie A, with the city of Milan turning black and blue for the evening following Inter’s 1-0 over AC Milan.
Debuts were handed to Ivan Perisic, Alex Telles and Felipe Melo in the Nerazzurri squad, while Sinisa Mihajlovic gave Juraj Kucka his first league start for Milan and allowed Mario Balotelli to make his second league debut for the side, midway through the second-half.
The on-loan striker tried his best to steal a point from the hands of Inter, but Fredy Guarin’s earlier wonderful effort was all they needed to claim all three and hold on to their 100% record so far.
Despite the win against the Rossoneri in the season’s first Milan derby, Nerazzurri coach Roberto Mancini was reluctant to discuss his team’s title aspirations.
Inter coach Roberto Mancini commended his team’s display against AC Milan after the Nerazzurri’s 1-0 win in the Derby della Madonnina sent them top of Serie A on Sunday, but stressed that there is still a long season ahead of them.
Fredy Guarin was the hero on the night, with the Colombian’s long-range strike settling a tense derby at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.
The Inter coach was satisfied with the win but did not want to get carried away by the derby triumph.
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New Inter midfielder Felipe Melo was delighted with his side’s 1-0 victory over AC Milan on Sunday night in Serie A.
The Brazilian international made his Nerazzurri debut in the Derby della Madonnina and immediately made an impression with his physical style of play, something Inter have lacked in recent times.
Melo said it was a great game to start with, made even better by the fact they got all three points against a tough Milan side.
“I am very happy, it was an important game and I thank God for immediately winning the derby,” Melo told reporters after the match.