Mancini Given One Match Ban For Gesture During Derby Defeat

mancini-sent-offInter Milan boss Roberto Mancini has been given a one-game ban after he made an insulting gesture during Sunday’s Milan derby defeat. In addition to the suspension Mancini was fined €5,000.

Mancini was sent off for complaining that Inter should have been awarded a penalty after a challenge between Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma and Inter striker Eder during Sunday’s 3-0 defeat in the Milan derby.

Serie A’s disciplinary tribunal said on Monday that Mancini “made a derogatory remark to the fourth official when he was removed and then addressed the spectators with an insulting gesture”.

Mancini Points Finger At Icardi Over Missed Penalty

Mauro-Icardi-InterInter coach Roberto Mancini remained defiant by suggesting his side didn’t deserve to fall 3-0 to rivals AC Milan, but admits Mauro Icardi’s missed penalty changed the contest.

The 164th edition of the Derby della Madonnina saw the Rossoneri take home three points with an impressive scoreline thanks to goals from Alex, Carlos Bacca and M’Baye Niang.

Much like after Inter’s defeat to Juventus in the Coppa Italia, Mancini was adamant his side were better than the final result, but conceded it’s difficult to win a match when missing glorious opportunities like the one Icardi failed to convert with the match still 1-0.

Mancini Blames Ref For Derby Drubbing

blind refereeInter coach Roberto Mancini was perplexed by the decisions made by referee Antonio Damato during his side’s 3-0 defeat to AC Milan.

Roberto Mancini branded referee Antonio Damato and his fellow officials “a disaster” after watching Inter lose 3-0 to AC Milan in Serie A.

Mancini was sent to the stands by Damato early in the second half at San Siro for fiercely protesting a decision not to award a penalty after Inter debutant Eder was challenged by opposing goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.

The Inter boss also appeared to raise his middle finger to Milan fans as he left the dug-outs.

Derby Della Madonnina Thoughts

inter-milan-fansThe 216th Derby della Madonnina took place on Sunday night in Serie A, with the city of Milan turning red and white black for the evening following AC Milan’s 3-0 win over Inter.

The derby defeat is the lowest point in what has been a miserable month for Roberto Mancini’s squad. Inter started the month riding high, in first place in Serie A, one point ahead of Napoli and three points ahead of Juventus,

Inter Transfer News: Lavezzi unlikely to leave PSG during window

Lavezzi psgParis Saint-Germain boss Laurent Blanc has suggested that Ezequiel Lavezzi will remain at the club until his contract expires in the summer.

Lavezzi had been linked with a move away before the window closes on Monday to enable PSG to recoup some of the reported €30 million they spent to sign him from Napoli in 2012.

But it now appears the Ligue 1 champions are prepared to let the player walk away as a free agent at the end of the season rather than selling him for a cut-price fee.

Mancini: There Is No Crisis

mancini-updatedInter Milan coach Roberto Mancini has said there is no crisis at the club despite a recent slump in form.

Mancini’s side have won only once in Serie A in the last month, losing their place at the top of the table. They face city rivals AC Milan on Sunday and Mancini is confident that they can soon overcome their “wobble.”

“January is an odd month for everyone because of the transfer market, while it can happen during a season to have a momentary wobble,” he said.

Mancini To Rotate Squad Against Juventus

roberto-mancini-imThe Coppa Italia represents Inter’s best chance to win a trophy since 2011 but that will not persuade Roberto Mancini from rotating his squad for the Coppa Italia semi-final with Juventus.

The Nerazzurri travel to Turin for the first leg of the tie tomorrow, and the Mancini admits he’ll have to shake things up.

“We’ll certainly make some changes because we’re playing every three days at the moment,” Mancini confirmed to Inter Channel.

“Juventus have recovered so many points in recent weeks and they’re definitely in great form. We’ll need to put the hard work in and fight. As for the system, we’ll see tomorrow.

Coppa Italia: Juventus v Inter Preview

inter-juveInter and Juventus meet in Turin on Wednesday night in the first leg of the Coppa Italia semi-final.

Juventus Team News
Juve manager Massimiliano Allegri says Sami Khedira and Simone Zaza will be rested so that they will be ready for their Serie A clash against Chievo, but Paul Pogba is fit and could feature.

Allegri says he wants his side to have ‘a carefree attitude’ to avoid feeling the pressure ahead of Wednesday’s Derby d’Italia, and admits he may have to rotate his starting line-up.

“I will evaluate any changes, I’ve also got Marchisio risking suspension,” he said.

Mancini Post Match Reaction: We Must Score More Goals

mancini-updatedAfter the disappointing draw at home against Carpi on Sunday, Inter coach Roberto Mancini was once again critical of his side’s display in front of goal. Despite a 70%-30% possession advantage, Inter struggled to beak down the Carpi defense.

“We should have scored more goals, but we ended up gifting them a draw,” said Mancini, who was speaking to the media after the game. “We completely went to sleep to allow Carpi to make it 1-1 deep into added time. It’s not normal to give that sort of thing away.”

Inter Continue To Throw Away Scudetto

palacio-goalAfter a great win in the Coppa Italia at Napoli in midweek I fully expected Inter to kickstart their title charge at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on Sunday against relegation threatened Carpi.

But when you seen incapable of scoring more than one goal a game, you always present your opponents with an opportunity to get back in the game and that is what happened on Sunday as Kevin Lasagna came off the bench to earn 10-man Carpi a last-gasp 1-1 draw and ruin Roberto Mancini’s 200th Serie A match in charge of Inter.