Chievo Verona v Inter Milan 0-1
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
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!
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 …
… 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.
Inter Milan faces Verona away on Saturday and they desperately need a win.
A few images from yesterday’s training session via zimbio:
Mancini looks stressed in this photo! The pressure is on.
Directing traffic never looked this good 😛
For those wondering, this is Slyvinho, Mancini’s assistant
All the best this weekend, Inter. You’re going to need all the well wishes you can get.
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.
Every game Inter Milan plays from here and there out is going to be crucial. They have a game against Torino tomorrow.
Here’s the coach in motion last evening during training session:
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:
I smell dye!
He was hit by a ball, but he was all right in the end. Still I would have liked to check for myself.