Inter Milan

Inter's attitude and tactics have improved but their issues go deeper

May 26, 2017 08:13 AM PDT

Stefano Vecchi is 1-1 in his stint as Inter's caretaker manager, which ends Sunday against Udinese. Nerazzurri fans finally caught a break over the weekend when a reinvigorated Inter beat Lazio 3-1 at the Stadio Olimpico under the tutelage of caretaker Stefano Vecchi. Unfortunately, there were plenty of reasons to worry, reasons that go beyond the fact that Lazio were coming off a Coppa Italia final loss to Juventus or Inter's quest for Europe already being over. And to think that a lot had gone right for Vecchi's men. For a start, the coach got his tactics spot on, finally balancing out attack...

Inter Milan launch barcode-inspired 2017-18 home kit, Roma keep it simple

May 25, 2017 03:28 AM PDT

Inter Milan have unveiled their kit for the 2017-18 season, with one of the most iconic designs in football re-imagined as a barcode. The classic Nerazzurri blue-and-black-striped pattern has been jazzed up by manufacturers Nike to more closely resemble something you might scan at the supermarket, but many fans didn't seem too keen to take it to the checkout by the way they reacted to the unveiling on Twitter. ��⚫️�� #Inter and @nikefootball present the 2017/18...

Inter Milan deliver on the road against Lazio to end Serie A losing streak

May 22, 2017 05:46 AM PDT

Eder had another strong outing for Inter Milan in a 3-1 victory against Lazio. Inter put an end to their four-game Serie A losing streak with a hard-fought 3-1 win against Lazio. The hosts didn't waste any time as Keita Balde was brought down in the box by Jeison Murillo and converted the resulting penalty inside 19 minutes. Stefano Vecchi's men reacted well, equalising when veteran benchwarmer Marco Andreolli surged onto an Ivan Perisic header to power home the equaliser. But Inter found themselves leading at the half when Wesley Hoedt carelessly turned in an Antonio Candreva...

Five things Inter need in a new manager to accelerate their rebuild

May 19, 2017 09:59 AM PDT

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti discusses the good and the bad of Inter Milan's season following their 5-4 defeat at Fiorentina. Chelsea boss Antonio Conte says he would rather focus on the moment than discuss the rumours linking him to the Inter job. With Inter sacking Stefano Pioli ten days ago, fans of the Nerazzurri can expect another summer rife with rumours and speculation. While it may be too early to talk about the numerous candidates set to replace him, it isn't premature to discuss what Inter's future manager will need to do to keep both the club (and his own reputation) afloat. Here are five key issues that have to be addressed if the blue side of Milan is to have anything to celebrate next season. 1. Work on the defence The...

Inter Milan fans make a genuine statement by leaving San Siro

May 15, 2017 08:27 AM PDT

Inter Milan supporters leave the San Siro to protest the club's problems. Inter Milan's nose-dive continued on Sunday with their fourth consecutive defeat, a 2-1 home setback against Sassuolo. They've taken two of a possible 24 points in their last eight games and you have to go all the way back to the 1981-82 season to find the last time they went eight games without a win. Stefano Pioli is now gone, with Stefano Vecchi back for his second stint as caretaker, and the owners are entertaining fantasies of bringing Antonio Conte or Diego Simeone to the San Siro. (When they...

Fan revolt as Inter Milan plumb new depths with defeat against Sassuolo

May 15, 2017 05:11 AM PDT

It was another long day for Marcelo Brozovic and Inter Milan. Inter were handed a fourth straight defeat by Sassuolo on Sunday, allowing Pietro Iemmello to double his seasonal tally by netting a brace either side of half-time. Gifted the first by Jeison Murillo's poor control, the Calabrian native was able to sidefoot an easy second after the entire back line went down with a case of collective amnesia. Having at least looked like they were on top before the break, Inter completely fell apart after that, relying on individual talents (Eder pulled one back,...

Antonio Conte is Inter Milan's dream hire, but would he deliver?

May 11, 2017 06:12 AM PDT

The FC guys answer your tweets on Dani Alves, Stefano Pioli's sacking at Inter and whether or not Jose Mourinho is a whiner. The axe has finally been swung: Having already given the players a stern talking to, Inter owner Jindong Zhang sacked Stefano Pioli on Tuesday evening, leaving youth team Coach Stefano Vecchi to take over for the second time this season, Luckily for despairing fans, it appears that Zhang had had enough of the Nerazzurri's slide, and is determined to put his own stamp on the club's handling of sporting matters by focussing on hiring Antonio Conte -- the best candidate for the job at this point. With...

Transfer Talk: Antonio Conte promised players to join Inter Milan

May 10, 2017 05:52 PM PDT

Roman Abramovich will hope to persuade Antonio Conte to stay with the Blues, who could clinch the Premier League title on Friday. Antonio Conte is the No. 1 choice of new Inter Milan technical coordinator Walter Sabatini and Italian newspaper Tuttosport says the Chelsea boss will be handed Roma stars Radja Nainggolan and Antonio Rudiger to begin his Nerazzurri revolution. For more on Conte to Inter, as well as other rumours, check out Transfer Talk by clicking here.

Inter Milan merely going through the motions in defeat to Genoa

May 8, 2017 07:30 PM PDT

Stafano Pioli's decision to replace Mauro Icardi against Genoa raised eyebrows. A frankly unwatchable Inter Milan side lost 1-0 to Genoa on Sunday, going down to a close-range Goran Pandev goal. A listless attempt at a second-half comeback was capped by a horrible penalty attempt -- a typical Nerazzurri ending. Another Inter Milan player of years past -- Nicolas Burdisso, testament to the Grifone's limited talent pool -- handled a volley in the box with three minutes to go, only for Antonio Candreva to see his feeble penalty saved by Eugenio Lamanna. Positives Not applicable....

Neymar's sister and Brazil striker Gabriel 'Gabigol' Barbosa are an item

May 5, 2017 04:57 AM PDT

After weeks of largely mild speculation, Neymar's younger sister has confirmed she is dating her brother's international teammate, Inter Milan striker Gabriel "Gabigol" Barbosa. Rafaella, who is a model by trade, posted a black-and-white photo on Instagram of the new couple sharing a little smooch, thus cementing the relationship for all to see. Just to seal the deal, Gabigol did likewise but in full and glorious technicolour. ❤️ A post shared by Gabriel Barbosa ����...

Could Diego Simeone or Antonio Conte have success with Inter Milan?

May 3, 2017 12:55 PM PDT

With Inter earning a mere point in a month and being completely schooled by Napoli at the weekend, the talk of the Nerazzurri hiring Diego Simeone or Antonio Conte has intensified once again. The idea is that either one of these candidates is exactly what the Milanese side need to return to the promised land of Champions League football and Scudetto titles. After six and a half years' worth of purgatory, the Nerazzurri will, the logic goes, finally have a sergeant major able to instill both...

Yuto Nagatomo slips to hand Inter Milan defeat against Napoli

May 1, 2017 02:53 AM PDT

Inter lost a drab home game against Napoli on Sunday evening, thanks to a catastrophic Yuto Nagatomo slip-up. Having just about held on for most of the first half, the Nerazzurri saw all their work go up in flames when the Japan defender clumsily flicked the ball right into Jose Callejon's path. Napoli hit the post, but once the deadlock was broken, Stefano Pioli's men showed their limits going forward and never created a dangerous chance to get back in the game. Positives It wasn't a landslide....

Inter Milan mentality criticised but Stefano Pioli's issues are simpler

Apr 30, 2017 03:27 AM PDT

Inter Milan have dropped to seventh in Serie A following just two wins in eight. Inter are coming off a nightmare run of games ahead of Sunday's clash with Napoli, failing to win in over a month and somehow allowing half-time leads of 2-0 and 2-1 to turn into a 2-2 draw against AC Milan and a 5-4 defeat to Fiorentina. In the endless post-mortems which followed the collapse in Florence, Inter were accused of lacking grit and a united mentality, but the squad is full of grinders. Gary Medel isn't called The Pitbull for nothing, Danilo D'Ambrosio delivered an impassioned speech...

Lionel Messi's Clasico for the ages, Arsenal surprise us, Inter in trouble

Apr 24, 2017 07:03 AM PDT

The FC crew debate if Lionel Messi truly is the greatest footballer to ever play. Sometimes they live up to the hype. Sometimes they surpass it. From the neutral's perspective, Sunday night's Clasico took it to another level. No matchup in the world has as much talent on the pitch even with Neymar missing and Gareth Bale succumbing to injury after just more than half an hour, and few have had as much drama, individual displays of talent, handbrake turns in the narrative and end-to-end excitement as what we witnessed. And, as far as Lionel Messi is concerned, we've had the...

Inter capitulate at Fiorentina despite Mauro Icardi's consolation hat trick

Apr 23, 2017 09:32 AM PDT

Mauro Icardi scored a hat trick but it was too little, too late as Inter's recent struggles continued at Fiorentina. Inter contrived to relegate their recent failures to mere footnote by allowing Fiorentina to mount a stunning comeback. Up 2-1 after a topsy-turvy first half, one could have been forgiven to think that Stefano Pioli's men had been gifted a reprieve. Ever intent on constantly bamboozling their long-suffering fan, the Nerazzurri allowed a Kalinic-less Viola to somehow net four goals in seventeen horrific minutes. Matias Vecino -- who hadn't netted all season -- and Khouma Babacar ended up with two...

With no better alternatives available, Inter must back manager Stefano Pioli

Apr 21, 2017 04:06 PM PDT

For a week that has seen Inter let bitter rivals AC Milan earn a stunning 2-2 comeback draw, it is strange that Saturday's match against Fiorentina should take such importance. Is it because their opponents are four points behind, despite somehow contriving to lose to Empoli last week? Or because recent trips to Florence have resulted in two embarrassing losses and one, in which Inter collapsed after taking the lead? Not really. Rather, it's because Inter's yearly humiliations at the hands...

Mourinho gets it right, Conte gets it wrong; drama in Milan; Messi, Isco star

Apr 17, 2017 08:56 AM PDT

Jose Mourinho made it seem like it was no big deal. It was, he said, pretty much the same game plan that Manchester United used against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the FA Cup last month, and had that quarterfinal tie remained 11 vs. 11 -- Ander Herrera was sent off in the first half -- he was "totally convinced" that it would also have resulted in victory, just as it did on Sunday when his side beat the Premier League leaders 2-0. In fact, though, it was a big deal. Mourinho left out the likes...

Joao Mario, Mauro Icardi impress but Inter collapse late in the Milan derby

Apr 15, 2017 10:29 AM PDT

Stefano Piolo laments Inter's inability to see off Milan in their thrilling 2-2 draw. The first Chinese Derby della Madonnina was a scorcher -- for the neutral, anyway. Inter blew a two-goal lead to their bitter rivals in a catastrophic second half. Milan had started better, but the recovering Roberto Gagliardini broke the deadlock by finding Antonio Candreva with a peach of a long ball on 36 minutes. The game looked to be over when Mauro Icardi played a sumptuous give-and-go with Ivan Perisic to bury a second on the stroke of half-time. Though the Rossoneri pushed more in...

Milan giants hoping new Chinese investment will lead to glory days again

Apr 14, 2017 04:40 AM PDT

Paul Mariner and Alexis Nunes discuss Milan's future after Silvio Berlusconi relinquished control of the club. Nine months after the Nanking-based Suning Group bought Inter Milan, the takeover of rivals AC Milan by Rossoneri Sport Investment Lux, led by Chinese businessmen Yonghong Li and Han Li, has finally been completed and just in time for Saturday's Derby della Madonnina. An all-Chinese affair now, the belief that the drawn-out deal would get over the line by this Thursday persuaded the league to do something it has never done before and schedule its most prestigious fixture for a Saturday lunchtime...

Sliding Inter need derby win to keep Europa League spot hopes alive

Apr 13, 2017 03:29 PM PDT

Inter Milan have been scuffling of late and currently sit seventh and outside of Italy's European places. Grudge matches, almost by definition, are unpredictable -- and Saturday morning's Derby della Madonnina isn't any different. It's a bit of a pity, because Inter still look better on paper than their Milan counterparts and really need this win, especially after the recent run of results they've had. They could arguably do with a prestigious victory more than they would have if they had ended up in a title race. After all, a team fighting for the Scudetto would already have a Champions League spot...

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