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Zanetti: “Inter v Roma Is A Final”

Inter Milan v RomaInter vice-President Javier Zanetti admits the visit of Roma on Sunday night is “a cup final”.

The Nerazzurri are aiming to qualify for the Champions League this season, and move to within five points of the capital club with a win this weekend.

Zanetti famously scored a late equaliser against the Giallorossi in the 2007-08 season, in what was a crucial match in securing the Scudetto.

“I definitely remember running down the pitch [in celebration] with my teammates yelling at me to stop, and [Patrick] Vieira saying he couldn’t catch me,” ‘Pupi’ recalled in an interview with Il Giornale.

Pioli: We Are A Top Three Side

Stefano Pioli believes that Inter can compete with the likes of Juventus, Roma and Napoli in the future.

The Coach admits that it will take planning and proper investments, but is a top three finish too much to ask this time around?

“The prospect weighs heavy on us,” Pioli told Corriere della Sera.

“Last season the third Champions League Spot was 80 points and this time is likely to be higher.”

The defeat to Juventus caused much controversy, so how does Pioli reflect on the events now?

Icardi And Inter Fined For Autobiography

Literally four months after his controversial autobiography came out, the FIGC has decided to fine both Mauro Icardi and Inter over the striker’s controversial comments.

The Nerazzurri captain released his book ‘Sempre Avanti’ in October, and made reference to an argument with the Ultras which occurred in 2015.

Icardi wrote that he could “bring 100 criminals from Argentina who’ll kill them where they stand”, leading to calls for him at the time for Icardi to be stripped of the armband. But when he continued to score goals, those calls mysteriously went away!

Gaibigol Wants The No.10 Shirt

Gabriel Barbosa is the talk of Milan after scoring the winner against Bologna this past weekend. As a result there have been several interviews with him in the Italian press and here are some of the things the Brazilian forward spoke to about:

“It would be an honour to wear the Inter number 10 shirt,” admitted Gabigol. Previously, Stevan Jovetic had that squad number, but after his move to Sevilla look for Gabigol to claim it next season.

“My first goal? I’m really happy, I’ve worked so hard for this. I talked with my friends and they said it could be a special day for me, since I made my debut against Bologna in the first half of the season.

Best Five Inter Milan Players Of All Time

Giuseppe Meazza Inter MilanThis is a countdown of the best 50 players ever to wear an Inter Milan jersey.  We first looked at players 41-50 (can be viewed here). We also have covered players 31-40 (can be viewed here), players 21-30 (covered here), players 11-20 (covered here) and players 6-10 (covered here).

5. Mario Corso (1957-1973)
His nickname was “God’s Left Foot”, a reference to his outrageous skill in hitting free kicks. Corso would hit the ball softly, with his instep, and with a tremendous amount of spin. The ball would travel slowly and seemingly innocuously, before turning back towards the goal and landing “like a dead leaf falling from a tree” (as one commentator put it). Another big part of La Grande Inter, he won two European Cups and four Italian league titles.

This is a countdown of the best 50 players ever to wear an Inter Milan jersey.  We first looked at players 41-50 (can be viewed here). We also have covered players 31-40 (can be viewed here), players 21-30 (covered here) and players 11-20 (covered here). Today we will look at players 6-10.

10. Istvan Nyers (1948-1954)
Born in France of Hungarian parents, Nyers was one of the first globe-trotting superstars (he played in five different leagues), but he made his mark as a prolific centre-forward for Inter, scoring 133 goals in 184 appearances. Small in stature, but phenomenally athletic (his long, flat throw-ins made him a precursor to Rory Delap and he was a tremendous leaper as well), he won two league titles at Inter.

This is a continuation of our series of the best 50 players ever to wear an Inter jersey.  We first looked at players 41-50 (can be viewed here). We also have covered players 31-40 (can be viewed here) and players 21-30 (covered here).

How Will Inter Line-Up Versus Roma?

Inter Milan v RomaThe busiest people in Milan this week are probably the Inter medical staff as they work feverishly to give Stefano Pioli some options for this weekend’s must-win match against Roma.

First the good news. Jeison Murillo was cleared to return to practice yesterday, giving Pioli some options defensively on how to organize his side against Roma. The return of Murillo is important as Murillo will miss the match due to suspension.

Marcelo Brozović and Geoffrey Kondogbia are both serious doubts for the match. Brozović has still not fully recovered from the foot injury he picked up against Juventus while Kondogbia is sick.

This is a continuation of our series of the best 50 players ever to wear an Inter jersey.  We first looked at players 41-50 (can be viewed here). We also have covered players 31-40 (can be viewed here).

30. Virgilio Fossati (1909-1915)
He was the first captain and coach in Inter’s proud history – at the tender of age 20, no less. And, in his very first season, which was also the club’s first, he led them to the Italian title. He was also capped for Italy in the Azzurri’s inaugural game back in 1910 – a 6-2 drubbing of France, in which he scored the second goal. Fossati left the club in 1915 to fight in the First World War and was killed on the battlefield on the Austrian Front.

This is a continuation of our series of the best 50 players ever to wear an Inter jersey. The first group (41-50) can be viewed here.

40. Dejan Stankovic (2004-present)
Football was clearly in his genes – his parents represented the former Yugoslavia – and he was tipped for greatness from a young age. Roberto Mancini, the former Inter coach, with whom he had played at Lazio, took him to the club in January 2004 and he was an instant hit. Blessed with a powerful shot and plenty of creativity, he is a hard-running, box-to-box midfield player, who can also play behind the strikers. He has won three league titles and three domestic cups with Inter.