Inter boss Stefano Pioli is expecting his side to play at a high tempo against Palermo on Sunday.
The Nerazzurri go into the game on the back of a busy week which included an extra-time win over Bologna and the coach feels striking the right balance in his team selection will be crucial.
“It will be our third game in a week and it’s taken a lot out of us. I have to make sure I pick the right players so that we can play at a high tempo and with the right intensity.
Former Inter President Massimo Moratti believes that Inter’s Chinese owners are “organising a big signing” but it’s not Lionel Messi.
Former Nerazzurri striker Diego Milito was quoted on Friday by Corriere dello Sport as saying that that vice-President Javier Zanetti is “the one person” who could bring the Barcelona star Lionel Messi to Italy”.
“I think it’s difficult to see Leo leaving Barcelona,” Milito cautioned, speaking to Corriere dello Sport.
“In football though, dreaming costs nothing. And sometimes dreams come true…
“Zanetti has an incredible relationship with him, and if there’s one person who can convince Messi to come to Inter then it’s Pupi. It would be a great signing.”
Inter have moved up one position, to 19th, in the Deloitte Money League with €179.2m in revenue. The increase was thanks to a €9.5m increase in commercial revenue.
Inter generated more from advertising and sponsorship arrangements and also earned were able to convert their worldwide brand appeal in addition revenue through their participation in last summer’s International Champions Cup event in the USA.
What will please Suning is not only Inter’s average attendance of 45,538, the highest in Serie A, but that the club has been able to reverse three seasons of flat revenue growth. And that is before the recent Suning sponsorship agreements were announced.
Inter vice president Javier Zanetti attended the launch of the “Calcio e disabilità: fischio d’inizio per Quarta Categoria” project at the Senate of the Republic in Rome on Wednesday.
Before heading into Palazzo Madama for the ceremony, which formally unveiled a plan to encourage people with disabilities to get involved in football, Zanetti spoke with the reporters gathered in Piazza della Minerva about Inter’s form on the pitch, starting with Tuesday night’s cup win.
“We’re pleased with the win in the Coppa Italia,” began Zanetti.
“That said, we need to stay focused and keep it up. It’s important that we take it game by game, starting with Sunday’s trip to Palermo.
Inter vice-President Javier Zanetti was in Rome for the Football and Disability event, and he spent a few minutes talking to reporters where he was asked about two of Inter’s big money signings, Roberto Gagliardini and Gabigol.
“Gabigol deserved the opportunity [of starting in the Coppa last night] because it wasn’t easy for him to not be playing for such a long time.
“We have a lot of confidence in him, he’s a young player who we have to work on and allow time to adapt to the Italian League.
Inter vice-President Javier Zanetti believes “there are many teams” who can hope to challenge Juventus for the Scudetto.
Juventus have won the League for the past five seasons in a row, and looked to be on course for another title when they moved seven points clear just before Christmas.
However, defeat to Fiorentina on Sunday night has seen the gap reduced to just one point, albeit with a game in hand, and the former Inter captain is hoping that we see a proper title race in the second half of the season.
The Inter Milan winning streak did not stop on Tuesdays when the team faced Bologna F.C. in the Coppa Italia round of 16. They won 3-2 in a game that had to be decided in overtime as the score was a tie after 90 minutes.
Stefano Pioli maintained his successful 4-2-3-1 formation, but benched Icardi, Perisic, Candreva, Miranda, and Handanovic. Instead, he started Carrizo in the posts, Murillo and Gary Medel (who just came back from an injury he suffered in November) at center back, and maintained Ansaldi and D’ambrosio as fullbacks. In the midfield, Pioli kept the newfound complementary duo Kondogbia-Gagliardini behind Joao Mario who played as trequartista. Éder played left wing, Palacio was center forward, and Gabriel ‘Gabigol’ Barbosa finally earned his first game as a starter.
Jeison Murillo scored with a spectacular bicycle kick as Inter beat Bologna 3-2 Tuesday to advance to the Italian Cup quarterfinals on Tuesday.
Shortly after the half-hour mark, Murillo met a corner from Joao Mario with a picture-perfect overhead effort from beyond the penalty spot. Is this the best goal Inter have scored all season?
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Gary Medel made his long-awaited return from injury on Tuesday night as Inter beat Bologna in extra time to advance to the next round of the Coppa Italia. Afterwards, the Chile defender had to this say to the Inter Channel:
“I’m very happy with this victory, the team fought hard for 120 minutes.
“Murillo’s goal could be the best of the year, a fantastic goal.
“Pioli told me to look for the wingers and the attackers,
“I have no problem playing in this position, I do it from time to time with Chile.
Inter boss Stefano Pioli believes his side “deserved” to beat Bologna in the Coppa Italia, and calls Roberto Gagliardini “a complete midfielder”.
The Nerazzurri let a 2-0 lead slip at San Siro, and were forced to extra-time before Mauro Icardi set up Antonio Candreva to secure their place in the next round. Click here for a match report.
“It was a good game with a lot of chances,” Pioli said in his post-match interview with Rai.
“We had the game in our hands, but this match is proof that if you switch off for a moment, games can be reopened.