Mancini praises Inter Milan’s defensive solidity after Roma win

robymancio2Roberto Mancini has praised the “solid foundations” his Inter Milan side has laid after Saturday’s 1-0 win over fellow title-rivals Roma saw the Nerazzurri go top of the Serie A table.

It’s the sixth time out of seven games that Internazionale have won by a 1-0 result, and Mancini says that it is all down to hard work.

“A team is like a house, if you don’t have solid foundations, it will sink. We had a great game against an excellent Roma side, so 1-0 was a good result,” the Inter boss said in his post-match news conference.


Inter player ratings: Handanovic the hero against Roma

handanovich-interSamir Handanovic put in a goalkeeping clinic to keep Roma at bay, as Inter came out on top 1-0 in an entertaining match on Saturday evening.

The Slovenian showed exactly why he’s regarded as one of the best shotstoppers on the peninsula with a masterclass, whilst Croatian Marcelo Brozovic also shone in midfield.

On the other side of the spectrum, Geoffrey Kondogbia continued his slow start to his Nerazzurri career, struggling to get into the game during his 40 minutes on the pitch.


Samir Handanovic – 8


Inter Show Title Credentials With Win Over Roma

HandanovicAfter finally halting a run of 3 consecutive draws by picking up a 1-0 win against Bologna, Inter played hosts to the league leaders in AS Roma. The capital club had seen a slow start to the campaign pick up quickly, mainly due to an attack which had seen them score 25 goals in the first ten matches. Inter on the other hand had struggled to score goals but instead made their defense airtight, only conceding seven in ten (with four of them coming in the horror show against Fiorentina). This match would see which of these two strengths would overcome, and give Inter the chance to take the top spot in Serie A again (at least for a few hours).


Mancini Blasts Inter’s First Half Performance

robby-manciniInter coach Roberto Mancini was critical of his side’s poor start to the game, as they struggled to grab a 1-0 win over Bologna at the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara in Serie A.

The Nerazzurri laboured to beat the newly promoted side, especially after Felipe Melo was sent off on 60 minutes. In the end, Mauro Icardi scored the only goal of the game, sealing a valuable three points that see the them momentarily go top of the table ahead of Wednesday’s round of matches.

Mancini wasn’t pleased with his team’s first-half performance, bemoaning Inter’s lack of consistency over the 90 minutes.


Bologna v Inter Player Ratings

Marcelo-Brozovic-interThe classy Marcelo Brozovic stood out in Inter‘s midfield, as he helped his side to a slim 1-0 win over Bologna.

Following Felipe Melo’s sending off, Mauro Icardi scored the only goal of the game as 10-man Inter went on to grab all three points.

Brozovic covered every blade of grass and put in a complete midfield performance, setting up the play from deep, moving further up in a trequartista role and even working the flanks as a makeshift wide player.

The young Croat made the best of a rare start and will have certainly given Roberto Mancini food for thought about playing him more.


Icardi Sends Inter Top Of Serie A

icardi-goal2Inter Milan went back to the top of Serie A, at least for 24 hours, after they snappedvrun of four games without a victory by beating Bologna 1-0 on Tuesday night.

Inter were forced to play the final 30 minutes a man down after Brazilian midfielder Felipe Melo was sent off, but the visitors were gifted all three points as a defensive error enabled under-fire striker Mauro Icardi to slot home the only goal of the game on 67 minutes.

Inter had been the early-season pacesetters after starting the season with five straight wins but a heavy home defeat to Fiorentina last month was the catalyst for a sharp decline in fortunes.


Is Palacio The Answer To Inter’s Scoring Woes?

inter-strikersInter’s inability to score has been a cause of concern since the first pre-season games this year, and many Nerazzurri fans are beginning to wonder is the answer is not 33-year-old Rodrigo Palacio.

With last season’s capocannoniere Mauro Icardi struggling for form, and Stevan Jovetic having hit a rough patch, Inter find themselves with just nine goals from nine matches, a total only five teams have failed to surpass.

Icardi and Jovetic have started four matches together, but they have rarely shown an understanding with one another in the final third, which isn’t the case when either is fielded with Palacio.


Inter Week In Review

inter-fans-awayTwo draws in a week have prevented Internazionale from going top of Serie A, leaving them in third place, behind Fiorentina on goal-difference, while Roma lead by two points.

After last weekend’s stalemate against reigning champions Juventus, Inter made the trip to Palermo on Saturday, knowing that a win would put them top. Inter deservedly made the breakthrough in the 60th minute when Croatia international midfielder Ivan Perisic tapped in at the back post from an excellent cross by the flying French winger Biabiany, who came on as a substitute. However, the Nerazzurri only held the lead for six minutes as a deflected shot from Vasquez fell to former AC striker Gilardino who had a simple tap-in to level the game. Inter’s woes were then complete when Murillo received a second yellow card with 11 minutes to go and the 10-men were unable to secure a winning goal, meaning they’ve failed to win in their last four games.


Inter Need Icardi To Rediscover His Scoring Form

icardiSubstituted after 78 minutes on Saturday, Mauro Icardi’s match ended with a whimper as Inter held on for a 1-1 draw against Palermo.

Last season’s capocannoniere, along with Hellas Verona’s Luca Toni, was replaced after failing to add to his tally of just two goals so far this season.

For the fifth time in eight appearances this season, the Argentine failed to fire a shot on goal. A staggering number given he is supposed to be Roberto Mancini’s best option in attack.


Mancini Not Satisfied With Palermo Draw

roberto-mancini-imRoberto Mancini was “really not satisfied” with Inter’s performance in the 1-1 draw with Palermo, their third in a row.

Ivan Perisic had given the Nerazzurri the lead, but six minutes later Alberto Gilardino equalised and then Jeison Murillo saw red.

“In the first half the Rosanero created a few problems and we were too stretched out,” the Coach told Mediaset Premium.

“We suffered in defence and attack, then Stevan Jovetic found his place between the lines and we did better. We were unlucky on the Murillo sending off too.