Mancini demands killer instinct from Inter after Carpi scare

A late Stevan Jovetic penalty salvaged all three points from Sunday’s clash and left the coach irritated at a lack of clinical finishing

Roberto Mancini warned Inter must learn to kill a game off as they needed a late Stevan Jovetic penalty to beat Carpi 2-1 in Serie A.

The Inter boss was critical of his side for allowing Carpi back into Sunday’s clash after Jovetic had opened the scoring after 31 minutes, with Antonio De Gaudio levelling with nine minutes to play.

Luckily for Mancini, the Montenegro international was on hand again to score from the spot late on, leaving Inter as one of only five teams to have won their opening two matches of the campaign.

“There are still 36 games to play, but it’s nice to have won another game,” Mancini said. “It was a painful challenge, as we had predicted.

“The team still needs to improve, we had to close the game out but instead we conceded an absurb goal.

“It was not easy to find space, but when you are winning 1-0 you have to try to  close it out.

“We did well and created numerous opportunities, they they have to be taken at this level.

“Carpi played a good game but we deserved the three points.”

Next up for Inter is the Milan derby, a match they have failed to win in their last three attempts.

Carpi 1-2 Inter: Jovetic snatches win for Mancini's men

The former Manchester City man scored a late penalty after putting his side ahead early on to ensure three points against the Serie A minnows

Stevan Jovetic scored twice – the second a last-gasp penalty – as Inter secured a 2-1 win away to Carpi on Sunday.

The 25-year-old took his tally to three goals in two games at Stadio Alberto Braglia to give Inter a 100 per cent start to the 2015-16 campaign, while leaving Carpi awaiting their first point.

Roberto Mancini handed Jovetic his first league start on Sunday and the Manchester City loanee repaid that faith with a close-range finish after 31 minutes.

Carpi had rarely threatened the Inter goal for much of the match but looked set to snatch a point when Antonio Di Gaudio levelled with nine minutes to play.

Jovetic ensured that did not happen, though, as he calmly slotted home an 89th-minute penalty after Fredy Guardin had been felled by Gabriel Silva.

It was just reward for Inter, who had dominated proceedings, while Carpi will take heart from their defensive resilience for much of the encounter.

Carpi – who made four changes from their opening-day loss to Sampdoria – had the better chances in a lively start, but Lorenzo Lollo and Ryder Matos both failed to stretch Samir Handanovic with weak efforts.

Having withstood the initial burst from their hosts, Inter began to dominate possession but Mancini’s men found it difficult to break through the well-organised Carpi defence.

That all changed just after the half-hour as Jovetic timed his run perfectly to meet a deep cross from Guarin at the back post and rolled the ball into an unguarded net after his initial effort had just squeezed under Zeljko Brkic.

The hosts almost went in level at the break. Kamil Wilczek found room on the left-hand side of the Inter penalty area, but his shot was straight at Handanovic, who saved easily.

Inter resumed their control of proceedings after the restart but there were few chances on the Carpi goal, despite their neat passing – a weak effort from Rodrigo Palacio the best they could muster.

Carpi were happy to allow Inter to have the ball and relied on swift counterattacks to provide their rare chances, and it reaped dividends when the visitors failed to clear Kevin Lasagna’s low delivery and Di Gaudio swept the ball home.

They were denied that first top-flight point, though, as Guarin was brought down in the closing minutes and Jovetic made no mistake from 12 yards to continue the fine start to his Inter career.

OFFICIAL: Inter sign Perisic

The Croatia international has ended a long-running transfer saga by swapping Bundesliga football with Wolfsburg for life at San Siro

Inter have signed forward Ivan Perisic from Wolfsburg for an undisclosed fee, the Bundesliga club have confirmed.

Roberto Mancini has long been chasing the Croatia international, especially since the sale of Xherdan Shaqiri, but the move appeared to have reached an impasse during the past week.

However, Wolfsburg have since announced that Perisic has sealed a deal to join the Nerazzurri after a breakthrough in negotiations in the last few hours.

“The situation has changed in the last few hours to the extent that we were able to reach a good solution with everyone involved,” sporting director Klaus Allofs said to the club’s official website.

Perisic, who has made 70 appearances for Wolfsburg since joining from Borussia Dortmund in January 2013, was happy to have the transfer saga resolved.

“I’ve enjoyed a successful time at Wolfsburg but I’m looking forward to a new challenge. I thank VFL for enabling me to move to Italy and I wish the team continued success,” said the 26-year-old.

The news of Perisic’s move comes just hours after Kevin De Bruyne’s big-money transfer to Manchester City was announced.

Shaqiri playing in the middle of nowhere – Degen

The Basel veteran has launched a scatching attack on his Swiss team-mate’s agent, who he blames for shifting the attacker to the Premier League midtable obscurity

Xherdan Shaqiri has been mocked by his Switzerland team-mate Philipp Degen for choosing to leave Inter for “middle of nowhere” Stoke City.

Shaqiri’s potential was evident to all when he sealed a €11.6 million move from Basel to Bayern Munich in 2012, but he failed to ever secure a regular spot in the first team – first under Jupp Heynckes and then under Pep Guardiola.

In January, plenty of major European clubs were still vying for the attacking midfielder’s signature and it was Inter who secured him on a half-season loan with the obligation to purchase this summer.

Shaqiri rapidly fell out of coach Roberto Mancini’s plans, however, and he completed a month-long gestated move to Premier League side Stoke City on August 11 for a club record fee of £12m.

Degen thinks the 23-year-old is better than midtable Premier League football and lays the blame for his international colleague playing at the Britannia Stadium at the feet of his brother and agent, Erdin Shaqiri.

“Xherdan joined a club in the middle of nowhere in England and is the fault of his brother,” the Basel right-back, 32, told Nordwestschweiz.

“He knows as much about football as I know about tap dancing. He’s an amateur who has suddenly changed to this industry and is improvising as he goes. His chronic inability harms to Xherdan.”

Shaqiri started for Stoke on Saturday as they lost 1-0 at home to West Brom, leaving the Potters 17th in the Premier League standings midway through matchday four.

Miranda: Murillo and I are like Lucio and Samuel

The former Atletico Madrid man is eager to make an immediate impact in the Nerazzurri backline, as he targets a return to the Champions League next season

New Inter defender Miranda is confident he and fellow signing Jeison Murillo can strike up a partnership similar to that of club icons Lucio and Walter Samuel.

The latter were the centre-back partnership that formed the basis of the Nerazzurri’s historic treble season under Jose Mourinho in 2009-10.

And summer arrival Miranda is hopeful of making a similar impact for the rebuilding club along with Murillo, although he stated they must prove themselves worthy of such comparisons.

“I already knew Murillo from the times we played against each other for our clubs and countries,” the 30-year-old told Tuttosport. “Our first match together went very well, but I think we can still improve. We will perfect our understanding for the team to have a great season.

“He’s a great player in my opinion, a young man who is developing. He’s strong, has good technical quality, is fast and has everything it takes to become one of the best around.

“I just hope I’ve picked up the best traits from all the team-mates I’ve played with in the past to become a better player myself today. I am one who always wants to win and prefer not to be too flashy, but effective instead.

“I think the comparison of the partnership to that of Lucio and Samuel is valid given our similar characteristics, but they won everything at Inter. We have not won anything yet though, so we’ll have to do that and then we can talk.”

The San Siro giants have reinforced heavily this summer as they aim to return to the top of Italian and European football, although Miranda believes securing Champions League qualification is a realistic target for now given Juventus are favourites to win another Scudetto.

“I think the club have made some moves to strengthen and I’m expecting a spectacular season in which Serie A will be one of the best leagues in Europe,” he continued.

“We are a team with many new players. Our minimum goal is to get to the Champions League and from there we will see if we also have the chance to win the league title. But our first goal is to finish in the top three.

“Juve are a great team and they have already demonstrated that in past seasons. Still, I am ambitious and want to win everything. We have to play against them to see where we really are and try to beat them in order to close the gap.”

Roberto Mancini’s side kicked off their Serie A campaign with a 1-0 win against Atalanta last weekend and travel to promoted Carpi on Sunday.

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