Mazzarri: We Need To Forget The First Leg

by David on August 27, 2014

mazzarri-newWalter Mazzarri has urged his Inter side to forget their Europa League first leg and focus on the return match tomorrow. The Nerazzurri host Stjarnan on Thursday in the second leg of their play-off, holding a 3-0 lead from the first clash.

But the Coach has insisted that his men have to play as if it were 0-0 if they want to make the group stage.

“I hope there will be a great atmosphere tomorrow that helps us get through,” he told a Press conference.

“I’ve asked the lads to forget the first leg result, we need to focus on our target – making the group phase.

Guarin-InterInter midfielder Fredy Guarin’s agent confirmed a €12m Zenit offer was rejected “because he’s waiting for Juventus.”

The Colombian had already been on the verge of joining Juve in January in a swap deal with Mirko Vucinic before Inter pulled the plug.

“The offer from Zenit arrived and it is worth €12m,” agent Marcelo Ferreyra told RAI Sport in Milan.

“However, the player said no because he’s waiting for Juventus to make a move.”

This is a deal that might go down to the transfer deadline as Manchester United want Juve midfielder Arturo Vidal. From reading between the lines from Guarin’s agent Juventus will replace Vidal with Guarin.

Inter Loan Botta And Schelotto To Chievo

by David on August 26, 2014

new-inter-badgeInter have officially loaned Ruben Botta and Ezequiel Schelotto to Chievo. The deal had been in the works for several days, but was completed this evening.

For striker Botta it is a one-season loan, but Chievo have an option to buy Schelotto on a permanent basis at the end of the season. Schelotto had already been sent out on loan to Parma and Sassuolo recently.

Botta has not impressed at Inter, but maybe playing every week will give him a chance to show how good he is,

Mazzarri Happy With Win And Performance

by David on August 21, 2014

mazzarri-newWalter Mazzarri was understandably satisfied after an efficient Inter display in Reykjavik saw them triumph on an away trip that had all the makings of the proverbial banana skin.

Speaking to Inter Channel and the gathered journalists following tonight’s 3-0 win at Laugardalsvöllur Stadium, the Nerazzurri manager explained:

Convincing Away Win In Europe For Inter

by David on August 20, 2014

Mauro-Icardi-InterMauro Icardi, Dodo and Danilo D’Ambrosio gave Inter a 3-0 away win at Stjarnan in the Europa League play-off.

The Nerazzurri went into this first leg against Icelandic club Stjarnan, the lowest ranked side still in the competition. Rodrigo Palacio was ruled out by injury, so Ruben Botta supported Icardi and Dodo shook off flu symptoms to start.

Despite it kicking off at 21.00 local time, there was bright daylight in Rekjavik and a temperature of around 7C.

Within two minutes Icardi’s header from a corner had skimmed the crossbar. Hernanes blasted over from distance and a Botta drive was easily smothered.

Will Inter Spend Big For Andre Ayew?

by David on August 18, 2014

new-inter-badgeReports out of Ghana suggest that Inter are interested in signing Ghana winger Andre Ayew from Marseille for between €8-10 million.

Ayew has been linked with a move to city rivals AC Milan, but no bid has been made and reports now are that Inter are poised to snatch the Ghana international from under their noses.

He was one of Ghana’s star performers at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil where the African crashed out in the group phase.

Palacio-InterAfter a meeting between the technical and medical staff where Rodrigo Palacio was also present Inter has decided that the Argentina striker is not fit enough yet to take part in Inter’s upcoming Europa League match against Stjarnan. As a result, Palacio has been replaced by Zdravko Kuzmanovic in the Inter squad.

Updated Inter squad to face Stjarnan:
Samir Handanovic, Jonathan, Juan Jesus, Marco Andreolli, Daniel Osvaldo, Zdravko Kuzmanovic, Mauro Icardi, Mateo Kovacic, Ricky Alvarez, Fredy Guarin, Nemanja Vidic, Ruben Botta, Joel Obi, Dodò, Andrea Ranocchia, Giacomo Sciacca, Matias Silvestre, Juan Pablo Carrizo, Danilo D’Ambrosio, René Krhin, Tommaso Berni, Isaac Donkor, Yuto Nagatomo, Hernanes, Yann M’Vila, Davide Costa, Andrea Palazzi, Federico Bonazzoli

Interesting comments from the agent for Ruben Botta. Sergio Levinton is set to meet with Inter sporting director Ausilio this week to discuss his client’s future and ahead of that meeting, Levington had some words with the reporters at FcInterNews.

After a good pre-season, have you already decided the future for Botta?

“I am happy that Ruben has been able to play these games on the tour and also score in the match against Eintracht. Slowly, with the passing each match, he is raising his level of play. We did not talk after the match, we only agreed to meet tomorrow and define the situation of Ruben.”

Welcome To Inter Gary Medel

by David on August 17, 2014

medel-interI thought this deal had been closed days ago, but on Sunday Inter confirmed the signing of Chile midfielder Gary Medel from Cardiff City.

A statement on the Inter website said:

FC Internazionale announce that Gary Medel has been signed from Cardiff City FC. The Chilean midfielder has signed with the Nerazzurri on a four-year contract. Already with the first team, Medel has worked out several times at the Centro Sportivo Angelo Moratti in Appiano Gentile, and is now at the service of coach Walter Mazzarri.

Sky Impressed With Inter’s Summer Signings

by David on August 16, 2014

Silvia Vallini on Sky analyzed the importance of this transfer market is to Inter and how that four of the five signings have impressed so far in the preseason.

Vidic is now the heart at the center off the Inter defence, and with Ranocchia and Juan Jesus, that back three looks a lot more solid than it did a year ago.

In midfield, Medel appears to be the perfect replacement for Cambiasso, although the jury is still out on him and he is behind the rest of the squad from a fitness perspective. M’Vila though has already added a bite tho the midfield that was lacking last season.