Roberto Mancini has called for realism in the expectations of Inter’s season ahead of their Serie A trip to Carpi.
The Nerazzurri secured an opening day win when loan signing Stevan Jovetic curled home a 93rd minute winner against Atalanta, kicking off Mancini’s first full season back in charge of Inter with three points.
“I knew the difficulties when I arrived and the club has always been sincere but I am not a magician and I knew this would take time,” Mancini told DJ Football Club.
“We hope to do well but it will take time to settle the team and I am convinced we can do better than last year.”
As the possibility grows that Ivan Perisic will not be allowed to leave Wolfsburg this summer if Kevin De Bruyne also leaves, the Nerazzurri are reportedly eyeing up Tottenham Hotspur forward Erik Lamela as an alternative.
Lamela’s father was quoted in La Gazzetta dello Sport confirming that his son is negotiating with Inter:
“I can confirm the rumours are true and the interest for Erik is real. We are waiting for more developments over the next few days.
“We would like a return to Italy and are open to negotiations. It’s true that he gave his best in Italy and that is probably more suited to his characteristics.
Minutes before Inter’s match with Atalanta on Sunday night Premium Sport interviewed Inter’s sporting director Piero Ausilio about Inter’s transfer activity. This is what he had to say:
“Everything that is done on the transfer market is in full agreement with the coach. Inter always has a duty to think the best, then we’ll see what happens.”
“Perisic? There is no ultimatum, there is still a long time left of the transfer market. We’ve never kept it a secret, we are negotiating with Wolfsburg which is a club that is tough, rich, German; it’s not easy. Sala and a midfielder? In those positions we are set numerically, but we’ll see if there will be some opportunities even after a few of ours leave.”
The player who secured the three points for Inter in tonight’s opening match in Serie A against Atalanta, Stevan Jovetic, spoke to Sky:
“I’m delighted, it was a tough match against an Atalanta side that defended well. We pushed right until the end, and winning at the death like that was fantastic. I’m not at 100% yet but it’s important for strikers to score so I hope to keep it up. The main thing is that the team has won – the three points are a confidence boost.
Rej Manaj spoke to Inter Channel after the Nerazzurri’s thrilling 1-0 win over Atalanta at San Siro this evening:
“I’m pleased to get a first home win under our belts. Now the only thing for us to do is focus on Carpi.
“We’re lacking nothing – we’re a strong side. I don’t know what part I’m going to play and there are many great players ahead of me, but I’m ready. I was really excited, it’s not easy to make your debut in front of 30,000 people but I’m very pleased. Of course, I want to play more and more. I’m a young player but am learning all the time and need to keep training hard. The result is the most important thing, that’s all that counts at the start of the season,” declared the youngster.
Roberto Mancini cut a contented figure as he spoke to the press this evening after Inter secured a rousing 1-0 over Atalanta at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.
“I’m happy for Jovetic and for all the lads. Apart from the initial ten-minute settling-in period, we played well and deserved the win. It wasn’t easy because Atalanta are a well-organised team that defends well with all their men in their own half,” began Mancini.
A last-gasp winner from debutant Steven Jovetic handed Inter a 1-0 Serie A victory over 10-man Atalanta.
Stevan Jovetic made an instant impact on his Inter debut as he spared Roberto Mancini’s blushes with a stunning 94th-minute winner to secure a 1-0 victory over 10-man Atalanta.
The Montenegro star arrived from Manchester City for €12million during the pre-season and, although he did not start at San Siro, the former Fiorentina forward marked his return to Serie A in style, clipping in a delightful finish to rescue a wasteful Inter at the death.