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Mauro Icardi said Inter can forget their Champions League disappointment by “catching the teams ahead of us” in Serie A.

The striker converted a Panenka-style chipped penalty to beat Udinese 1-0 this evening, just days after their European exit.

“We had to send a signal after Tuesday’s game, as we were disappointed by what happened, but knew we were still here in Serie A and can catch the teams ahead of us,” Icardi told Sky Sport Italia.

“We can forget about the Champions League by winning the next games and end 2018 in the best way we can.

New Inter CEO Beppe Marotta discussed Antonio Conte rumours, backing Luciano Spalletti and closing the gap with Juventus.

He left Juve after seven consecutive Serie A titles and was formally appointed this week at their rivals.

“As always when changing club, there is something different to get used to, but there is also great optimism that we can achieve our winning targets,” the new Inter director told Sky Sport Italia.

“We are at a crossroads for the season. There is disappointment over the Champions League elimination, as we wanted to get past the group stage, but we have to look forward with pride and follow the other targets for this campaign.”

Luciano Spalletti called Mauro Icardi “the perfect centre-forward” based on recent performances, but still wants more from Inter after they beat Udinese.

The Argentina international secured the 1-0 victory with a cheeky Panenka style penalty.

“He completes the work of the team as the perfect centre-forward, because there are times when the opposition press you and you have to go behind the line to find the ball,” Spalletti told Sky Sport Italia.

“In the last couple of games, Icardi has done that perfectly.”

Until that VAR decision for Seko Fofana’s handball at the 76th minute, the Nerazzurri had struggled to break Udinese down.

It wasn’t pretty to watch at times, but on Saturday night Inter did something they have struggled to do in recent games and that is win.

Captain Mauro Icardi converted a Panenka-style penalty late in the game as Inter rebounded from the disappointment of their midweek Champions League exit by beating Udinese 1-0 win at Giuseppe Meazza.

Udinese appeared to have cleared a corner in the 76th minute but the referee then asked for a VAR review amid Inter protests and, after looking at the pitchside monitor, ruled that Seko Fofana had handled the ball.

Inter Coach Luciano Spalletti shrugs off rumors he could lose his job – “you’re always under scrutiny, as far as I’m concerned”.

The Nerazzurri have won just one of their last seven games in all competitions, and in recent days the likes of Antonio Conte, Diego Simeone and Jose Mourinho have been linked with the job.

“I’d have felt under scrutiny even if we’d got through the group [in the Champions League],” Spalletti shrugged, speaking in a Press conference today.

“You’re always under scrutiny, as far as I’m concerned, one day when we have more time I’ll tell you about my career to get to Inter, they are beautiful stories to tell.

Luciano Spalletti wants to see “an immediate reaction” from Inter, but insists they aren’t enduring a crisis as they did last winter.

The Nerazzurri are in slump at the moment, winning just one of their last seven games in all competitions.

“It’s essential that we see an immediate reaction,” Spalletti said in his Press conference ahead of the Udinese game.

“I must say that I think these lads deserve the support of the fans. They showed their displeasure about what happened, and the desire to immediately re-start in a match like tomorrow’s.

After their disappointing exit fro the Champions League, Inter will now play in the The Europa League, where they will be one of the seeded teams in the round-of-32.

When is it?
The Europa League round-of-32 draw will take place on Monday 17th December at UEFA’s HQ in Nyon, Switzerland.

What time is it?
The draw will commence at midday (GMT) following proceedings regarding the Champions League last-16.

The Europa League round-of-32 lineup

  • Bayer Leverkusen
  • Red Bull Salzburg
  • Zenit
  • Dinamo Zagreb
  • Arsenal
  • Real Betis
  • Villarreal
  • Eintracht Frankfurt
  • Genk

We have been talking about it for months, but Giuseppe Marotta has finally officially joined Inter as CEO for sport.

This is a huge step forward for Suning and Inter. Marotta is the best football executive in Italy, and one of the best in Europe, and he is now working for Inter.

“FC Internazionale Milano today announce the appointment of Giuseppe Marotta as Chief Executive Officer Sport,” the document on the club’s official website reads.

“The highly experienced executive begins his role immediately and will be responsible for the entire sports area of the club.

Inter’s failure to beat PSV on Tuesday and qualify for the Champions League knockout stages has reportedly not gone down well in China.

According to Corriere della Sera, playing in the Europa League instead of the Champions League will cost Inter at least €17m. Money that the club needs in order to escape from Financial Fair Play purgatory.

From our Twitter feed, it is clear that Inter fans blamed Luciano Spalletti for the club’s inability to progress in the Champions League and apparently that feeling is shared by Suning.

Luciano Spalletti felt Inter “let the tension get to us” in a 1-1 draw with PSV Eindhoven that knocked them out of the Champions League.

Mauro Icardi cancelled out the Hirving Lozano opener and a win here would’ve put them through to the Round of 16, as Barcelona held Tottenham to a 1-1 draw.

“We were unable to keep our calm, despite the fact everything was still possible. We gave the ball away, were tactically not organised and PSV were allowed some dangerous counter-attacks,” Spalletti told Sky Sport Italia.