March 11th, 2014 | 0 comments
Though confirming his admiration for the Manchester United forward, Erick Thohir denies that an approach has been made for either striker to join the Nerazzurri this summer
Inter owner Erick Thohir has denied that his team have been in talks with Javier Hernandez and Fernando Torres about luring the Premier League strikers to San Siro.Goal understands that Valencia and Atletico Madrid are one of several clubs interested in signing the Manchester United forward, with the Red Devils willing to sell, and the Nerazzurri have been linked with the Mexico international as well.
Torres, who has often struggled since his £50 million move from Liverpool to Stamford Bridge, is also expected to leave in the summer but Thohir is adamant that neither men have been approached.
“At the end of the season we will evaluate everything, both the young players and the more experienced ones, because we want to build a strong squad for the future with a view not just to next season but to the next three,” he told the press.
“I think Hernandez is a good player but we haven’t spoken to either him or Fernando Torres.”
Inter have already secured the signature of veteran centre-back Nemanja Vidic from United, with the Serbian heading to Serie A upon the expiry of his contract at the end of the season.
March 10th, 2014 | 0 comments
The latest round of Italian top-flight action saw some familiar names put in star performances
Two golden oldies of Italian football stole the headlines in week 27 of the Serie A season, and they gain their just reward with inclusions in the latest Goal Team of the Week.
Pepe Reina may not yet fall in the veteran category, but he delivered a showing of great maturity and cool decision-making as Napoli beat Roma, while Guglielmo Stendardo was also key to the downfall of a capital giant as Atalanta overcame Lazio. Gabriel Paletta celebrated his Italy debut in midweek and rounded off a great few days with a starring role in Parma’s victory over Verona, while the much-maligned Andrea Ranocchia was back on form for Inter in their 1-0 win against Torino at San Siro.
Esteban Cambiasso was another Nerazzurri star, while Inter’s Ibrahima Mbaye continued his great season on loan at Livorno with two goals for the Amaranto before their collapse against Sampdoria. Allan helped to keep AC Milan’s midfield quiet as Udinese took three points off Clarence Seedorf’s men, and former Zebrette star Kwadwo Asamoah was Juventus’ latest matchwinner as Fiorentina left Turin empty handed.
It was Jose Callejon‘s fine header which settled the big clash at San Paolo as Napoli saw off Roma, and he finds himself alongside our two elder statesmen in the front line. Antonio Di Natale did what Antonio Di Natale does, finishing off a nice team move to give Udinese victory against Milan, while Antonio Cassano pulled all the strings in Parma’s win against Verona.
March 9th, 2014 | 0 comments
The Nerazzurri coach feels his side should have put the match against Torino to bed well before the final whistle
Inter coach Walter Mazzarri has called for his side to develop a ruthless streak after Sunday’s narrow 1-0 Serie A win over Torino at San Siro.
Rodrigo Palacio scored the only goal of the game in the first half as Inter strengthened their aspirations of securing European football next season, but Inter were stretched for periods after the break and were posed problems by the visitors’ striking duo of Ciro Immobile and Alessio Cerci.
Torino’s efforts eventually proved to no avail, but Mazzarri feels there are lessons to be learned from the Nerazzurri‘s win.
“We need to be more convincing and meaner, and never be satisfied with keeping it 1-0,” Mazzarri told the official Inter website.
“We did this in part, but at times we were missing a bit of luck with the final pass. We should have tried to close things down completely since one little mistake can cost you the three points.
“The only drawback today was not having shut down the game completely, as we saw at the end.”
Inter sit fifth in the Serie A table at the moment with 44 points from 27 games.