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Thohir On The Importance Of The Inter Academy

new-inter-badgePresident Erick Thohir has dinner with the Inter youth squad and speaks of his global vision for the club’s academies.

The Nerazzurro youngsters won the Coppa Carnevale on Monday last week and have already received compliments by senior Coach Roberto Mancini, among others.

Thohir met with the squad for dinner last night and released some statements to Inter Channel on the way.

“I like being here in Appiano,” he said. “Winning this Cup is a source of pride for us.

“I hope our Academy can keep developing like this.

shaquri-interInter winger Xherdan Shaqiri believes that his side won’t make the same mistake of underestimating Celtic in their Europa League return leg on Thursday.

The Nerazzurri led 2-0, and then 3-2, in Glasgow but failed to take a lead back to the Giuseppe Meazza for the second leg, with only away goals keeping the advantage with Shaqiri’s side on a 3-3 aggregate.

“We made a big mistake against Celtic- and we will not be making the same one in Italy,” the Swiss attacker told the Daily Record.

Mancini: Icardi can be world’s best striker

icardi-goalInter coach Roberto Mancini has backed in-form striker Mauro Icardi to become one of the world’s best strikers over the next 10 years.

The Argentine has 19 goals to his name in all competitions this term, with seven of those coming since the turn of the year.

Ahead of the second leg of Inter’s last-32 Uefa Europa League clash with Celtic on Thursday, Mancini feels Icardi still has even more to offer.

“He can still improve a great deal because he’s so young,” the former Manchester City boss told reporters.

Inter Squad For Europa League 2nd leg

celticvinterInter Coach Roberto Mancini calls all the regular starters for tomorrow’s match against Celtic, but leaves full-back Dodo home.

The Nerazzurri will be in full force for the Europa League Round of 32 second leg, including goalkeeper Samir Handanovic, who will be returning after the 3-3 first leg was left to Juan Pablo Carrizo.

The only absentee will be Brazilian Dodo, who is out for an injury to his right thigh.

Inter squad for Celtic:
Handanovic, Carrizo, Berni. Juan Jesus, Andreolli, Campagnaro, Vidic, Santon, Ranocchia, D’Ambrosio. Kovacic, Guarin, Kuzmanovic, Medel, Obi, Hernanes. Palacio, Icardi, Puscas, Shaqiri.

Inter are not yet a one-man team that relies on Mauro Icardi for goals and assist, but they are becoming one as Icardi is developing into one of the best young strikers in Europe. Since signing for Inter in 2013, Icardi  he has made 54 appearances, scoring 28 goals over the past two seasons.

This season Inward has almost single handled dragged Inter back into the top six, as his 14 league goals are more than Kovacic, Guarin and Palacio combined.


Mancini: We played well in the first half

roberto-mancini-updatedRoberto Mancini said “we wouldn’t be Inter” if they didn’t risk throwing results away to Cagliari.

“If we don’t make things difficult for ourselves, then we wouldn’t be Inter!” he laughed on Sky Sport Italia.

Just days after fumbling a 2-0 lead to draw 3-3 with Celtic, the Nerazzurri risked another comeback in Sardinia, scraping a 2-1 victory.

“We had the chance to score twice in the first half and failed. We went in front, then Longo came on and did very well. He used Juan Jesus’ body to turn and deserves applause for a great goal.

icardi-goalMauro Icardi scored one assisted on Inter‘s other goal in the 2-1 win over Cagliari on Monday, After the match he has this to say to reporters:

”We looked for the win, in the first half we created a lot and the ball did not want to go in. Then in the second we scored. That is good. Tevez? He is better, hes won a lot in his career. With Mancini we have changed our tactics and style of play. In the beginning, it was hard to understand because we were not used to it, but then we started doing things well. The whole bench on Kovacic after his goal? Nobody wants to go on the bench but we are 25 players and only eleven can play. Shaqiris is playing and is doing it well, now Mateo has scored and we are happy for him. My renewal? I don’t know anything, ask Ausilio.”

Inter Up To Sixth As They Beat Cagliari 2-1

cagliarinterInter moved up to sixth place in Serie A after an uninspiring 2-1 win away to Cagliari on Monday night. Mateo Kovacic and Mauro Icardi got the two Inter goals as Roberto Mancini’s side win for the third straight league game.

This was never gong to be an easy game for Inter as they hadn’t won this fixture since 2010 when Rafa Benitez was still in charge, followed by two draws and a defeat. Plus it comes between two Europa League matches that the Nerazzurri cannot afford to lose.

mancini-inter-newRoberto Mancini, before the usual press conference with reporters, stopped to talk to Inter Channel to answer questions from fans. The themes today are the rivalry with Zola, the qualities of a great team, the coaching references of Mancio and a comment on the first 100 days as Inter coach.

Twenty years ago you would have never imagined to confront Zola as a coach?
“It was impossible to think of being a coach, I did not think of it either. When you are young you only think of playing, it’s the most beautiful thing.”

Mancini: Kovacic is the future of Inter

kovacic-interDespite leaving Mateo Kovacic out of his last three starting line-ups, Roberto Mancini says that he has not lost faith in the midfielder, but is simply trying to carefully manage the Croatia international’s development

Kovacic has started on the bench for the Nerazzurri’s last two Serie A games as well as the midweek Europa League draw with Celtic, but the coach has denied having an issue with the Croatia international, insisting he is merely being cautious with the 20-year-old’s development.

“Mateo is a first-choice player, as are others,” he told reporters on Sunday.