As usual Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio was interviewed by Mediaset Premium before Inter’s Serie A match against Sassuolo. Here are some of his comments?
“It’s never easy to take these decisions, especially when you’re talking about a great person like Pioli, who gave 110% for Inter,” began Ausilio.
“We took the extreme measure of changing the coach, in order to make the players take responsibility for a situation that nobody likes. I’m still convinced that we have a quality squad, but we need to show character.
Inter’s Samir Handanovic says he understands the fury of the club’s fans following the defeat to Sassuolo.
The Nerazzurri were on the receiving end of a 2-1 home loss on Sunday, meaning that Inter have not won in over two months.
Speaking after the Sassuolo match, the goalkeeper admits this is the most difficult period since his arrival at the club.
“I understand them, I have been in this situation for five years,” Handanovic told reporters. “Inter can’t find themselves in this situation in the League table.
“You have to be patient, but only up to a certain point. It’s the most difficult moment since I’ve been here.
According to sources in Spain and Italy, Inter have started the most important transfer window in years by massively overpaying for 34-year-old Real Madrid defender Pepe.
Pepe’s contract at Real Madrid is due to expire at the end of the season, and he will join Inter on a free transfer in early July.
According to Onda Cero, Suning have offered Pepe a two-year contract with option for a third season and the wages are €5m per season.
It’s the type of contract that reminds me of the signing of former Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidić and we all know how that worked out.
Inter caretaker Coach Stefano Vecchi saw he improvements despite the 2-1 home defeat to Sassuolo and the fans “have every right to protest.”
The dismal run continued with just two points from the last eight rounds, including four consecutive losses.
“The situation is very negative and that gets translated on to the pitch, where we get punished for the slightest error,” Vecchi told Mediaset Premium.
“We created many chances today and had far more possession, but fell on a mistake in the first half and could’ve done with more luck.
So maybe the manager wasn’t the sole reason for Inter’s horrendous run of form. Despite firing Stefano Pioli in midweek and replacing him with youth team coach Stefano Vecchi, Inter still lost to Sassuolo 2-1 on Sunday.
The defeat was Inter’s sixth in their past eight Serie A games and the Nerazzurri have not won since March.
The Inter fans expressed their anger at the players and management. Inter were greeted by banners of protest from the curva Nord as they entered the stadium, such as one which read ”
2016-17 season, let’s be merciful and throw a veil over it.”
Italian sources continue to insist Antonio Conte has decided to leave Chelsea at the end of the season, and that he has already received offers from Inter Milan, Barcelona and another club.
The tactician celebrated last night with a 1-0 win away to West Bromwich Albion, mathematically securing the title at his first attempt.
Conte dodged questions on his future when speaking to the Italian media after that game.
“I hope to have many more situations like this,” he told Sky Sport Italia.
“It has not been an easy year, as after finishing 10th to rediscover confidence and determination, becoming competitive again, that was the most important challenge.
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Luciano Spalletti fuelled rumours he could join ex-Roma director Walter Sabatini at Inter.
“If there was the chance to work together again, why not?”
With Antonio Conte winning the Premier League and Diego Simeone committing himself to Atletico Madrid next season, Spalletti is the most likely option for the Nerazzurri bench.
There were reports today that Spalletti even signed a pre-contract agreement with Inter and Sabatini, who was until March the Roma director of sport.
“Sabatini is a great director and has to work for a strong club that wants to win,” said the Coach in today’s Press conference.
Caretaker Coach Stefano Vecchi promised to “cast aside” Inter players who don’t deliver after Stefano Pioli’s sacking.
“Results are partly their own fault.”
It is Vecchi’s second stint on the bench this season, as he had been there for two games between Frank de Boer and Pioli in October.
“I was absolutely stunned by the call, because after the last defeat it all seemed calm and looked as if Pioli would stay. I was taken by surprise,” confessed Vecchi in his Press conference.
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Not surprised to hear that Inter fans are planning a protest against players and management when the Nerazzurri host Sassuolo this weekend.
Despite picking up only two points from seven Serie A matches, the worst record of any team in the division during this period, 40,000 supporters are expected at San Siro for the early kick-off on Sunday.
Gazzetta dello Sport reports that the Curva Nord is unhappy with the club’s leadership, believing that there were deeper underlying problems that caused the terrible results that led to Stefano Pioli’s sacking in midweek.
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Former Inter Coach Gigi Simoni believes sacking Stefano Pioli showed “a lack of respect and had nothing to do with the football aspect.”
Pioli lasted only seven months after replacing Frank de Boer in November and is the timing of the firing that appears to bother Simeone the most.
“It doesn’t seem like a good idea at all. Kicking out a Coach with three games left shows a lack of respect,” Simoni told reporters.
“In football these things happen, it even happened to me a couple of times, to get fired when the decision had nothing to do with the football aspect.