Walter Mazzarri expects a “very difficult” start to Inter’s season against Torino, but is already targeting Juventus.
“Torino is one of the toughest places to play in Serie A against a team that is well-drilled, finished the last season on a high and qualified for the Europa League,” Mazzarri told the official Inter website.
“However, every game in Serie A hides dangers and they are all very difficult.”
Nerazzurri fans are already looking forward to the Derby della Madonnina with Milan in Week 12 and Juventus in Week 17.
The 2014-15 Serie A fixture list was released today and Walter Mazzarri will be pretty happy with an opening five matches of Torino (A), Sassuolo (H), Palermo (A), Atalanta (H) and Cagliari (H).
Inter‘s first big test is week seven when then they meet Napoli at home. The Derby di Milano is in Week 12, so towards the end of November, on the same weekend as Lazio-Juventus while the first Derby d’Italia between Juventus-Inter takes place on in Week 17.
FC Internazionale coach Walter Mazzarri took questions from the media after the Nerazzurri’s opening game in the Guinness International Champions Cup 2014.
What are Inter aiming for? What do you expect?
“We don’t have a specific target in mind, we have to get Inter back up where it belongs. We’ve made a good start and we showed the right mentality, never easing up – that’s what we did today. We played well.”
There were 42 fouls and four yellow cards. Did you expect it to be such a hard-fought game?
Mauro Icardi scored the decisive penalty as Inter beat European Champions Real Madrid 3-2 on penalties in San Francisco in their first game of the Guinness International Champions Cup.
Forget the earlier warm-up games in Europe, this was the beginning of the real preseason for Walter Mazzarri’s side. This was a chance for the Nerazzurri to see where they stood against one of the elite teams in world football.
The world’s most expensive player Gareth Bale showed his class almost immediately as he hit the bar with a header after three minutes. The Welsh winger was just warming up though as he followed that up with a stunning strike from distance that gave Samir Handanovic no chance.
We still have five weeks or so to go in the transfer window, so I thought this was a good time to take stock about what Inter have done so far this season,and what they still have to do.
IN – Yann M’Vila (Rubin Kazan, Loan), Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United, free), Dodo (AS Roma, loan) Rene Krhin (Bologna, one million pounds), Cristiano Biraghi (Cittadella, 600 thousand euros), Tommaso Berni (Torino, free), Adama Forana (Brescia, free).
OUT – Wallace (Chelsea, end of loan), Rolando (Porto, end of loan), Esteban Cambiasso (released), Gaby Mudingayi (released), McDonaldo Mariga (released), Lica Castellazi (released), Javier Zanetti (retired), Diego Milito (released), Walter Samuel (released), Simone Benedetti (Cagliari 3.52 million euros), Marco Benassi (Torino 1.32 million euros)
Three transfer rumors for you to digest today. Two potential signings and one potential sale.
Inter sporting director Pietro Ausilio today confirmed something we have known for weeks. That the Nerazzurri are interested in Chile international Gary Medel who plays for Cardiff City.
And the board member at San Siro has confirmed that they are in talks with the Welsh side for their
“We are in talks with Cardiff for Medel,” he told El Grafico. “And negotiations are very advanced.
“Medel is a player that we like, but he is not an Inter player yet because talks aren’t finished yet.”
Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis has taken a shot to Inter boss Walter Mazzarri, although many Nerazzurri fans might agree with is criticism of his former coach.
Speaking after the Lega meeting on Thursday ADL said this about Mazzarri:
“Mazzarri had an inability to communicate, especially with players like [Eduardo] Vargas.
The acquisition of Marco Verratti? I had agreed on everything with the Pescara president, and then he (Mazzarri) says; ‘I won’t play him’. But I can understand this because in his style of play the regista doesn’t exist.
The 2014-15 Coppa Italia draw has been made and we have the potential of a Derby della Madonnina semi-final with Roma v Juventus a potential semi-final on the other side of the draw,
The draw is a tennis-style table with the top eight seeds (Juventus, Roma, Napoli, Fiorentina, Inter, Parma, Torino and Milan) entering in the Round of 16.
The first round is on August 10, the second on August 17, the third August 24 and fourth on December 3.
The Round of 16 is on January 14 and the quarter-final on February 4.
Inter have confirmed the 26 players that will travel out to the United States later today for their pre-season tour.
The Nerazzurri play Real Madrid in Berkely on July 26, Manchester United in Washington on July 29 and Roma in Philadelphia on August 2 as part of their participation in the International Champions Cup.
The squad that will fly out later today and then base their training preparations from Washington, has now been announced.
Including a number of youngsters, Walter Mazzarri will be able to work further with new signings Nemanja Vidic, Dodo and Yann M’Vila, whilst Fredy Guarin will join the party out in the States.
If there is one constant with Inter‘s transfer dealings this summer it is that the club don’t want to spend money on transfer fees. They want to take players on loan with an option to buy. One such target is Manchester United and Mexico striker Javier Hernandez who has been linked with a move to the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza for over a year now.
Hernandez made just 6 Premier League starts last season at United under David Moyes and Ryan Giggs, and is not part of United’s USA tour. His lack of playing time at Old Trafford cost him his starting role in the Mexico side at this summers World Cup and he wants to play on a regular basis. Something that is unlikely to happen in England.