Inter manager Frank de Boer blamed his players for starting their Europa League clash with “the wrong attitude” as they slumped to a 3-1 defeat to Sparta Prague on Thursday.
Despite finding their form in Serie A, the Nerazzurri have begun Group K back-to-back defeats Hapoel Be’er-Sheva and Sparta Prague.
And De Boer suggested after the game that the players did not approach their trip to the Czech Republich with the correct mentality.
“If you start with the wrong attitude, you can talk about tactics all you like, but the first thing is to have the right mentality,” the manager told Sky Sport Italia.
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It was another night of European embarrassment for Inter as they lost 3-1 away to Sparta Prague on Thursday night. After the first two rounds of Europa League matches, Inter are bottom of their group with 0 points, and are in serious danger of not qualifying for the next round.
Frank De Boer’s strategy of playing his strongest side in Serie A matches and using squad players for Europe has backfired as Inter’s squad is so lacking in depth and talent that they are being soundly beaten in Europe.
Once again, Inter essentially gifted Sparta’s their goals and de Boer blasted his players attitude afterwards saying:
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What do you do with a player that your coach does not rate and that nobody else wants? You send him to another club that owners own.
That appears to be the case with Jonathan Biabiany as Frank de Boer does not want him, so Inter are trying to move him to Jiangsu Suning.
According to calciomercato.com, the former Parma man is considering leaving the Nerazzurri, and a move to China appears the mostly likely option.
Moving to China would include a significant increase in pay, something that Biabiany is reportedly open to.
Javier Zanetti has promised that Inter will return to the top of Italian football after struggling for a number of years.
Now vice president of the club, Zanetti made 858 appearances for Inter, puting him top of the all-time list for most games during his 19-year spell and after retiring in 2014, his number four shirt was officially retired.
Having won the Champions League. Serie A and FIFA Club World Cup in 2010, Inter have failed to push on and are without a trophy since, but Zanetti is confident the club has a bright future after the arrival of Chinese investors Suning.
Inter Milan coach Frank de Boer has criticised Geoffrey Kondogbia for not following his instructions after hauling him off after just 28 minutes of his side’s 1-1 draw with Bologna on Sunday.
Many fans in the San Siro applauded when De Boer substituted Kondogbia after an error-ridden performance which was condemned by his coach, who felt the midfielder had been at fault for Mattia Destro’s opener for Bologna.
“If a player does not want to understand — I spoke with him this morning when we lost Joao Mario [to injury] and I told him he needs to play simple balls, particularly with his back to goal, in the most dangerous areas, but he just doesn’t want to listen,” De Boer told a news conference.
A disappointing 1-1 draw at home by Inter in Sunday as they had to come from behind to get a point against Bologna. After last weekend’s win over Juventus, and the midweek win over away to Empoli, many inter fans were expecting another three points against Bologna.
But while Inter are getting better under Frank de Boer, there is still room for improvement and the Nerazzurri found themselves behind after 14 minutes when Mattia Destro scored against his former club. However, Perisic produced a superb finish on 37 minutes to level things up before half-time.
Mauro Icardi’s wife and agent reveals a contract is agreed, so Inter just have to announce it.
It appeared this summer that the striker could leave the Nerazzurri, but he insists he always wanted to stay and has started the season with six goals in five games.
“I was just doing my job,” Wanda Icardi explained to calciomercato.com.
“And I did it with the goal of having Mauro stay at Inter. That was always our objective because we’re tied to this world and these people.
“Indeed, now we have the security of staying an extra year.
In attempting to explain why Inter lost in the Europa League between league wins, Frank de Boer suggested his players are still adapting.
Frank de Boer insists his Inter players are still adjusting to his methods, explaining away their shock Europa League defeat to Hapoel Be’er Sheva.
In the six days since a deserved 2-0 reverse to the Israeli champions at San Siro, the Milan club have beaten Serie A champions Juventus and won comfortably at Empoli on Wednesday.
Speaking after the latter victory, De Boer explained that his players have improved in the small time between these fixtures.
Having scored in wins over Pescara and Juventus, Mauro Icardi repeated the trick and saw off Empoli with a first-half brace for Inter.
Mauro Icardi’s scoring streak continued as Inter beat Empoli 2-0 at the Stadio Carlo Castellani for a third Serie A win in a row.
The Argentine had netted in 2-1 successes over both Pescara and champions Juventus, and he made a flying start in Florence, bringing his career tally against Empoli to six with a first-half double.
Inter had not previously managed three victories on the bounce in this calendar year, but had secured this result by half-time as the hosts never looked likely to respond.
Carlo Ancelotti believes Inter “could be a surprise this season” and Milan will “open another cycle”. The former Rossoneri Coach is at Bayern Munich, but spoke to Sky about this season’s Serie A campaign.
“Napoli and [Maurizio] Sarri are brilliant,” Ancelotti exclaimed.
“They lost [Gonzalo] Higuain, everyone was desolate but they found a striker like [Arkadiusz] Milik who is scoring a lot of goals.
“Juve are strong and experienced, they’ve made a lot of changes but they still have an impressive strength. Then there’s [Coach Max] Allegri’s experience, he’s used to managing everything.