Mazzola: ‘Inter’s squad is not very good’

by David on November 25, 2014

Guarin-InterSandro Mazzola says that Roberto Mancini’s task at Inter must be eased by work in the transfer market.

The Nerazzurri are working under the 49-year-old for a second time, following his arrival 10 days ago in place of Walter Mazzarri.

Despite an opening draw in the derby with Milan at the weekend and optimism surrounding his appointment, one club legend believes that Mancini alone cannot change the club’s fortunes.

“Mancini will have to work hard to return Inter to the top,” Mazzola has told Radio Rai.

Obi ‘prefers Mancini system’

by David on November 24, 2014

joel-obiJoel Obi decided the Milan derby and said Roberto Mancini’s tactics give Inter “more options, especially in midfield.”

Walter Mazzarri was sacked last Saturday and the comments from Nerazzurri players seem to suggest he won’t be missed.

“It went well and I finally scored,” Obi told Sky Sport Italia. “We wanted to win, but a draw is acceptable.

“During the week the Coach tried different options and we were all ready to play. He can give us so much: if we listen to him, then we can achieve great things.

Kuzmanovic: ‘Mancini organised’

by David on November 24, 2014

Zdravko-KuzmanovicZdravko Kuzmanovic credited Roberto Mancini for Inter’s precious Derby della Madonnina point against Milan.

“We started the game well, but conceded that goal on our mistake. We got back on our feet and created chances,” he told Sky Sport Italia after a 1-1 draw.

“Today we were well set out on the field, all compact and helping out in defence with rapid counters. Mancini wants us to play the ball quickly.

“Our objective is third place, as Inter have to aim high with the new Coach. That’s what he asks of us.”

Mancini: ‘Happy with Inter’ Performance

by David on November 24, 2014

mancini-interRoberto Mancini was “very happy” with Inter’s Milan derby performance considering he “only had five days to work.”

This 1-1 draw was his first match in charge since replacing sacked Walter Mazzarri last Saturday.

“Derbies are always difficult and this was no different,” Mancio told Sky Sport Italia.

“I am very happy with the way the team moved, as with five days together to change a system after a year and a half playing 3-5-2 was not easy. They all did very well.

derby della madonninaA magnificent Jeremy Menez volley was wiped out by Joel Obi, as Roberto Mancini begins with a Milan derby draw.

Mancini made his return to the Nerazzurri bench after six years, as Walter Mazzarri was sacked a week ago. He immediately scrapped the three-man defence for a 4-3-1-2 system with Mateo Kovacic behind the strikers, dropping Nemanja Vidic. Jonathan was injured, Gary Medel suspended and Hernanes only fit for the bench. Pippo Inzaghi had his first derby as a Coach, missing Alex, Ignazio Abate, Nigel de Jong and the banned Daniele Bonera.

kovacic-interInter technical director Piero Ausilio says Roberto Mancini does not have a get-out clause in his Inter contract, while offering an updates on contract talks with Icardi, Kovacic and Handanovic.

It has been suggested in the press that Mancini has a clause in his two-and-a-half-year contract that would allow him to leave at the end of this season. This was seen as based around if things had not gone as planned, if Mancini was not impressed by work in the transfer market or if the 49-year-old received a better offer elsewhere.

However, Ausilio made it clear after today’s shareholders’ meeting that no such clause is in place.

Mancini’s Challenges

by David on November 21, 2014

mancini-inter-trainingChanging Inter’s mentality, the in-game casualness, lapses in concentration, poor decision-making, recovering the injured and rebuilding confidence is arguably the greatest immediate series of problems facing Roberto Mancini. The shock experienced at the course of action taken by the club, serving as a wake up call, and the need to impress the new manager should at least make Inter’s players more alert in the short-term.

Mancini Hoping for Perfect Start in Milan Derby

by David on November 21, 2014

mancini-inter-pressTalking to the Milan Channel this time ahead of Sunday’s Derby della Madonnina, Sulley Muntari downplayed the impact of a new manager bounce at Inter following the sacking of Walter Mazzarri and return of Roberto Mancini.

“He’s a great coach,” the midfielder explained, “and he has done well wherever he has worked. He’ll do his bit, but at the end of the day he won’t be out there on the pitch. It all depends on the players.”

Milan fans must hope that Muntari’s comment doesn’t come back to haunt him. Still there is an element of truth to what he said.

Andrea-RanocchiaInter captain Andrea Ranocchia has expressed his sadness at the departure of coach Walter Mazzarri but insists that the club must now focus on the future, starting with Sunday’s derby against city rivals AC Milan.

Mazzarri was sacked last week following a string of poor results and has been replaced by Roberto Mancini who returns for a second spell in charge of the Nerazzurri.

“We will try to bring Inter back to the top, beginning as early as Sunday,” Ranocchia told Sky Sport Italia. “It will be a great game, we have to aim for victory.”

mancini-inter-newInter fans expecting for Roberto Mancini and the Nerazzurri to make a splash in the upcoming January transfer window, are going to be disappointed according to Inter general manager Marco Fassone.

Fassone was quoted as telling reporters at the Gazzetta dello Sport’s ‘Bello del Calcio’ awards.

“We’re enthusiastic about Mancio,”

“Paying the salaries of two Coaches [Mancini and Mazzarri] weighs heavily on the balance sheet, and will affect what we do in the transfer market, but Mancini thinks our squad is one of excellent quality.”