Posted in Serie A, SSC Napoli

Inter Milan maintains 100% record as Napoli makes a mockery out of Lazio

Chievo Verona v Inter Milan 0-1

AC Chievo Verona v FC Internazionale Milano - Serie A

I was trying to watch this game but too many things were going on at once making my concentrate hard to follow. However, I want to comment on Inter Milan’s 100% record after four games. So far, Mancini is a happy lark this season and I must say, he still looks terrific!

Napoli v Lazio 5-0

SSC Napoli v SS Lazio - Serie A

They came for revenge and they got their revenge all right.

Napoli opened the account early in the 14th minute through Higuain. Before the half time whistle, Allan added another in the 35th minute. Second half was as they were in the first. Insigne scored in the 48th minute giving Napoli a huge boost at 3-nothing. Higuain claimed a brace in the 56th minute further embarrassing Lazio at this point. Gabbiadini grabbed a goal in the 79th minute and this brought the curtains down on a goaltastic evening in Naples!

Posted in Serie A

Inter finally registers a win

Internazionale players celebrate with Samir Handanovich (L) goalkeeper or FC Internazionale Milano  during the Serie A match between Hellas Verona FC and FC Internazionale Milano at Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi on April 11, 2015 in Verona, Italy.

Inter Milan finally registered a win after failing to in their last five games on Saturday against Hellas Verona on the road.

Icardi gave the visitors the lead in the 11th minute. Inter would wait until the second half for Palacio to make it 0-2 in the 48th minute. Luca Toni saw his penalty saved at the hands of the awesome Samir Handanović …

Samir Handanovich goalkeeper or FC Internazionale Milano saves a shot from Luca Toni during the Serie A match between Hellas Verona FC and FC Internazionale Milano at Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi on April 11, 2015 in Verona, Italy.

… and Moras added the 3rd goal in stoppage time.

0-3 the final score and Mancini’s men can pat themselves on the back for giving a good performance. Well deserved victory.

Inter now sits in 8th place with 41 points and Verona at 15th with 33 points.

Head coach  of  FC Internazionale Milano Roberto Mancini looks on during the Serie A match between Hellas Verona FC and FC Internazionale Milano at Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi on April 11, 2015 in Verona, Italy.

Posted in Serie A

Training Session: Inter Milan

Inter Milan faces Verona away on Saturday and they desperately need a win.

A few images from yesterday’s training session via zimbio:

Marco Andreolli of FC Internazionale Milano trains during an FC Internazionale training session at the club's training ground on April 7, 2015 in Appiano Gentile Como, Italy.

FC Internazionale Milano players train during an FC Internazionale training session at the club's training ground on April 7, 2015 in Appiano Gentile Como, Italy.

Samir Handanovic of FC Internazionale Milano trains during an FC Internazionale training session at the club's training ground on April 7, 2015 in Appiano Gentile Como, Italy.

FC Internazionale Milano players train during an FC Internazionale training session at the club's training ground on April 7, 2015 in Appiano Gentile Como, Italy.

(L-R) Sporting Director of FC Internazionale Milano Piero Ausilio, FC Internazionale Milano coach Roberto Mancini and Vice President of FC Internazionale Milano Javier Zanetti during a FC Internazionale training session at the club's training ground on April 7, 2015 in Appiano Gentile Como, Italy.

(L-R) Sporting Director of FC Internazionale Milano Piero Ausilio, Vice President of FC Internazionale Milano Javier Zanetti and FC Internazionale Milano coach Roberto Mancini during a FC Internazionale training session at the club's training ground on April 7, 2015 in Appiano Gentile Como, Italy.

Sporting Director of FC Internazionale Milano Piero Ausilio (L) and Vice President of FC Internazionale Milano Javier Zanetti (R) look on during a FC Internazionale training session at the club's training ground on April 7, 2015 in Appiano Gentile Como, Italy.

Xherdan Shaqiri (R) competes for the ball with Yuto Nagatomo (L) during FC Internazionale training session at the club's training ground on April 7, 2015 in Appiano Gentile Como, Italy.

Davide Santon of FC Internazionale Milano trains during FC Internazionale training session at the club's training ground on April 7, 2015 in Appiano Gentile Como, Italy.

Vice President of FC Internazionale Milano Javier Zanetti shakes hands with Danilo D Amombrosio during FC Internazionale training session at the club's training ground on April 7, 2015 in Appiano Gentile Como, Italy.

Juan Guilherme Nunes Jesus of FC Internazionale Milano looks on during FC Internazionale training session at the club's training ground on April 7, 2015 in Appiano Gentile Como, Italy.

Mateo Kovacic competes for the ball with Federico Bonazzoli during an FC Internazionale training session at the club's training ground on April 7, 2015 in Appiano Gentile Como, Italy.

FC Internazionale Milano coach Roberto Mancini issues instructions to his players during an FC Internazionale training session at the club's training ground on April 7, 2015 in Appiano Gentile Como, Italy.

Mancini looks stressed in this photo! The pressure is on.

Juan Guilherme Nunes Jesus of FC Internazionale Milano in action during an FC Internazionale training session at the club's training ground on April 7, 2015 in Appiano Gentile Como, Italy.

Isaac Donkor competes for the ball with Mauro Emanuel Icardi during an FC Internazionale training session at the club's training ground on April 7, 2015 in Appiano Gentile Como, Italy.

Samir Handanovic of FC Internazionale Milano dives to save a shot during an FC Internazionale training session at the club's training ground on April 7, 2015 in Appiano Gentile Como, Italy.

Samir Handanovic of FC Internazionale Milano dives to save a shot during an FC Internazionale training session at the club's training ground on April 7, 2015 in Appiano Gentile Como, Italy.

Mr. Handanovic!

Mateo Kovacic of FC Internazionale Milano in action during an FC Internazionale training session at the club's training ground on April 7, 2015 in Appiano Gentile Como, Italy.

FC Internazionale Milano coach Roberto Mancini gestures during an FC Internazionale training session at the club's training ground on April 7, 2015 in Appiano Gentile Como, Italy.

Directing traffic never looked this good 😛

FC Internazionale Milano coach Roberto Mancini issues instructions to his players during an FC Internazionale training session at the club's training ground on April 7, 2015 in Appiano Gentile Como, Italy.

Mauro Emanuel Icardi of FC Internazionale Milano in action during an FC Internazionale training session at the club's training ground on April 7, 2015 in Appiano Gentile Como, Italy.

FC Internazionale Milano coach Roberto Mancini issues instructions to his players during an FC Internazionale training session at the club's training ground on April 7, 2015 in Appiano Gentile Como, Italy.

FC Internazionale Milano coach Roberto Mancini gestures during an FC Internazionale training session at the club's training ground on April 7, 2015 in Appiano Gentile Como, Italy.

FC Internazionale Milano players train during an FC Internazionale training session at the club's training ground on April 7, 2015 in Appiano Gentile Como, Italy.

FC Internazionale Milano assistant coach Sylvinho looks on during an FC Internazionale training session at the club's training ground on April 7, 2015 in Appiano Gentile Como, Italy.

For those wondering, this is Slyvinho, Mancini’s assistant

FC Internazionale Milano players train during an FC Internazionale training session at the club's training ground on April 7, 2015 in Appiano Gentile Como, Italy.

All the best this weekend, Inter. You’re going to need all the well wishes you can get.

Posted in Serie A

Inter Milan’s winless run stretched to five; Mancini shoulders blame

Roberto Mancini’s men had one job to do: beat Parma and claim all 3 points, but they only managed a 1-1 draw against the team that is smack bottom in the Serie A table. Throughout the match, Inter was wasteful in front of goal although in the second half Palacio tried his hardest to claim the lead back.

Guarin scored in the 25th minute after latching onto the end of Gary Medel’s cross, but a deflection off Mauri played a huge part in the opener which left Mirante helpless. Their lead was canceled out by Andi Lila’s equalizer in the 44th minute.

George Puscas made his first Serie A start. He is someone I like watching as I see much potential in the 18-year-old Romanian, but he has a long way to go still.

Talking to Sky Sport Italia, Mancini eventually took the blame for the way Inter been playing:

“I am the coach and therefore I am the one who must ultimately take responsibility for this situation. Evidently it’s my fault, as I am unable to explain properly to the team what I want from them. They are doing all they can in the circumstances. We had scored and started brightly, but were sluggish and didn’t have the determination that is necessary at this level. We lacked grit and aggression. 

“The season hadn’t started well, but of course taking over is a risk. It’s Inter and I couldn’t turn them down. I am sorry that the situation had got worse instead of improving, but I am the coach and I take responsibility. 

“There are years when things don’t go right and that’s the case at Inter (this year).”

Although I do agree with Mancini with things not going right sometimes, Inter needs major improvement. The team looks as if they need recharging to claim back their fighting spirit.

Inter Milan currently sits in 9th position with only 38 points. With half-hearted performances I’ve been seeing in the past few weeks, I don’t think they’ll be playing European football next season. Mancini should use the summer to improve his team and play attractive football for the 2015/16 campaign.

Posted in Reports

January 2015 recap: Messi sets the record straight and Spurs maul Chelsea

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First, let me begin by saying how thankful I am to the Most High for allowing me to see 2015. I have not been watching much football of late due to my studies and work on my first novel, but I hope to atone for that soon.

1. Chelsea gets mauled at the Lane. I bet they don’t want to go back there in a hurry! Joking aside, Spurs deserved this victory.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho and Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino watch play during their English Premier League soccer match at White...

https://myheartbeatsfootball.wordpress.com/2015/01/01/spurs-mauls-chelsea-at-the-lane/

2. Lionel Messi lay speculations and rumors to rest

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https://myheartbeatsfootball.wordpress.com/2015/01/12/messi-has-spoken-you-can-rest-easy-now/

3. Spurs did it! They’re in the final of the Capital One Cup!

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https://myheartbeatsfootball.wordpress.com/2015/01/28/spurs-into-the-final-of-the-capital-one-cup/

4. Luis Suarez so far for FC Barcelona …

https://myheartbeatsfootball.wordpress.com/2015/01/23/luis-suarez-for-fc-barcelona-so-far/

5. Cavani comes off Blanc’s naughty list to score his first goal of 2015

https://myheartbeatsfootball.wordpress.com/2015/01/18/cavani-off-the-naughty-list-scores-in-return-against-evian/

6. Lionel Messi, hat trick King!

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https://myheartbeatsfootball.wordpress.com/2015/01/18/messi-scores-30th-hat-trick-for-club-neymessi-fan-service-inside/

7. How in the world did Hugo Lloris save that?

Hugo Lloris - Tottenham Hotspur v Sunderland - Premier League

https://inthesafetyofhugollorisgloves.wordpress.com/2015/01/18/how-did-he-save-that/

8. Debuchy out for 3 months

Debuchy will miss three months of the season following surgery on his shoulder

https://myheartbeatsfootball.wordpress.com/2015/01/17/debuchy-out-for-three-long-months/

EXTRA!

> Check out my goal of the month courtesy Mathieu:

https://myheartbeatsfootball.wordpress.com/2015/01/16/goal-of-the-week-mathieus-super-awesome-free-kick-goal/

> Mancini still has work cut out for him

https://myheartbeatsfootball.wordpress.com/2015/01/12/mancini-still-has-work-cut-out-for-him/

Fave Jan photo/s:

Posted in Reports

Mancini still has work cut out for him

Everybody knows that I have nothing but mad love for Mr. Mancini. We’ve been through some very bad times and some very good ones. We were up, we were down and sometimes, we were stuck in the middle. I like Mancini as much as I like Laurent Blanc (ze mad genius!) because they’re blunt men and sometimes they’re able to produce that moment of tactical madness when no one is expecting it.

As Inter Milan manager, Roberto Mancini still has a mountain to climb. Last evening, Inter won 3-1 against Genoa. They currently sit behind fierce rivals, AC Milan, in the 9th position with 25 points.

Mancini recently recruited Xherdan Shaqiri from Bayern Munich, who was close to joining Liverpool. Just one phone call from Mancini and he were convinced that Inter was the right club for him. Welcome to Inter, Shaqiri.

Welcome to Inter, Shaqiri.

Inter is in good hands with Shaqiri and I am certain that Mancini can manage him properly. Osvaldo is a good player with a bad temper, and I think Mancini should ship him out and get another proper attacker. Dare I say he should follow in the PL’s footsteps and look to recruit talent from France? Yes, he should.

Inter faithfuls want Champions League football restore to their club, and although it can be done (mathematically, if Inter goes on a winning streak until season end), from the looks of it, IF Mancini manages to get Inter in the top five, they’ll have to settle for Europa League football and try again next season for CL.

Mancini during the game against Genoa last evening:

Roberto Mancini - FC Internazionale Milano v Genoa CFC - Serie A

I smell dye!

Roberto Mancini - FC Internazionale Milano v Genoa CFC - Serie A

Roberto Mancini - FC Internazionale Milano v Genoa CFC - Serie A

He was hit by a ball, but he was all right in the end. Still I would have liked to check for myself.

Roberto Mancini - FC Internazionale Milano v Genoa CFC - Serie A

Roberto Mancini - FC Internazionale Milano v Genoa CFC - Serie A

Posted in Reports

November recap: Messi shatters records like a boss, Cavani kisses but never tells and Moyes joins the Liga

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1. David Moyes moves to Spain. So far, he has 1 draw and 1 win under his belt.

Sociedad posted this welcome banner to Moyes on their Twitter page on Monday evening

https://myheartbeatsfootball.wordpress.com/2014/11/11/welcome-to-the-la-liga-david-moyes/

2. Cavani kisses, but never tells

https://myheartbeatsfootball.wordpress.com/2014/11/11/le-clasique-a-victory-sealed-with-a-kiss/

3. Barça wins on the road thanks to Suarez

Luis Suarez of FC Barcelona has a shot at goal during the La Liga match between UD Almeria and FC Barcelona at estadio de los Juegos Mediterraneos on November 8, 2014 in Almeria, Spain.

https://myheartbeatsfootball.wordpress.com/2014/11/08/messi-have-to-wait-another-day-as-barcelona-win-on-the-road/

4. Bae makes CL history

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https://myheartbeatsfootball.wordpress.com/2014/11/05/cavani-makes-cl-history/

5. Lionel Messi continues to shatter records as Suarez gets his first competitive goal

Barcelona's Suarez celebrates his goal against APOEL Nicosia with Messi during their Champions League soccer match in Nicosia

https://myheartbeatsfootball.wordpress.com/2014/11/26/suarez-finally-gets-on-the-score-sheet-but-the-night-belonged-to-messi/

Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona celebrates with his teammates after scoring his team's fourth goal during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Sevilla FC at Camp Nou on November 22, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain. Lionel Messi beat the  number of goal in the Spanish La Liga of Telmo Zarra scoring his 252nd goal.

https://myheartbeatsfootball.wordpress.com/2014/11/22/messi-becomes-all-time-top-scorer-of-la-liga/

6. Bae makes history in the CL … again

PSG 3-1 Ajax: Ibrahimovic & Cavani combine to down Dutch champions

https://myheartbeatsfootball.wordpress.com/2014/11/26/edinson-cavanis-brace-secure-psg-victory-as-el-matador-creates-goal-history/

7. Sergio Aguero keeps City in it

Sergio Aguero of Manchester City celebrates after scoring the opening goal from the penalty spot during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Manchester City and FC Bayern Muenchen at the Etihad Stadium on November 25, 2014 in Manchester, United Kingdom.

https://myheartbeatsfootball.wordpress.com/2014/11/26/sergio-aguero-keeps-citys-cl-dream-alive-after-scintillating-performance/

8. Gonalons signs new deal

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https://myheartbeatsfootball.wordpress.com/2014/11/21/maxime-gonalons-pens-spanking-new-deal-with-lyon/

9. Les Bleus end 2014 campaign with a win against Sweden

France-Sweden: 1-0 photos

https://myheartbeatsfootball.wordpress.com/2014/11/19/france-leave-it-late-as-they-register-win-against-sweden/

10. U-21 France puts a stop to English winning streak

Danny Ings of England gets away from Aymeric Laporte of France during the U21 International Friendly match between France and England at the Stade Francis Le Ble on November 17, 2014 in Brest, France.

https://myheartbeatsfootball.wordpress.com/2014/11/18/u-21-france-stop-england-win-streak/

11. All about the Euro 2016 mascot

https://myheartbeatsfootball.wordpress.com/2014/11/18/the-euro-2016-mascot-have-been-unveiled-he-is-adorable-and-he-has-a-cape/

12. Roberto Mancini is back in Italy

Roberto Mancini - FC Internazionale Unveils New Coach Roberto Mancini

https://myheartbeatsfootball.wordpress.com/2014/11/16/mancini-returns-to-inter/

13. FC Barcelona, happy anniversary !

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https://myheartbeatsfootball.wordpress.com/2014/11/29/happy-anniversary-fc-barcelona/

EXTRA:

^ Does Cris have a pet name for Messi?

https://myheartbeatsfootball.wordpress.com/2014/11/11/revealed-what-ronaldo-calls-his-frenemy-behind-his-back/

^ Check out Leo’s new ad with Turkish Airlines

Drogba was surprised to see an image of Barcelona superstar Messi hanging up on the wall 

https://myheartbeatsfootball.wordpress.com/2014/11/13/messi-and-drogba-in-epic-food/

^ Watch the Barcelona squad play FIFA 14

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https://myheartbeatsfootball.wordpress.com/2014/11/13/fc-barcelona-participates-in-fifa-15-tournament/

^ Fan Service for Crisessi fan girls/boys. I don’t ship them and they’re not in a bromance so I don’t care to actually name them but I do like them 🙂

https://myheartbeatsfootball.wordpress.com/2014/11/19/raphael-guerreiro-scores-injury-time-winner-in-argentina-portugal-show-down/

https://myheartbeatsfootball.wordpress.com/2014/11/20/fan-service-for-the-crisessi-fan-boys-and-gals/