Mancini rues Inter's set-piece woe

The Nerazzurri conceded three times from set-pieces as they picked up a point in Sunday’s six-goal thriller, and the coach has said his side need to take more care

Roberto Mancini lamented Inter’s sloppy defending at set-pieces and said his side threw away two points in Sunday’s enthralling 3-3 draw at Verona.

Jeison Murillo headed Inter into an early lead in the Serie A contest at Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi.

However, rock-bottom Verona threatened an upset as Filip Helander and Eros Pisano scored before half-time before Artur Ionita made it 3-1 after the break, with all three goals coming from Luca Marrone assists at set-plays.

Mauro Icardi and Ivan Perisic completed brilliant Inter counter-attacks to restore parity and earn a draw, but head coach Mancini was less than impressed by his side’s defending.

“We threw two points away and it could’ve ultimately been worse, because we risked conceding a fourth on the counter at the end,” Mancini told Sky Sport Italia.

“Unfortunately we conceded three goals from set-pieces. We conceded a similar goal against AC Milan, so we have to improve these things that we had been doing well.

“It’s not that we played without determination. We conceded on three dead-ball situations and have to be more careful, but we were determined until the final whistle.

“We will fight all the way and hopefully will be able to put together a run of victories.

“We threw away two points considering how the game started and the opportunities we had at 3-3.”

The miserable stats behind Inter's fading title hopes

Guus Hiddink claimed this week that possession is overrated, and the Nerazzurri appear to have learned that lesson the hard way after enduring a frustrating time against Verona

Inter have now won only one of their last six league matches in the wake of their 3-3 draw against Hellas Verona, and questions are sure to be asked of Roberto Mancini and his failure to beat Serie A’s bottom-placed side.

The Nerazzuri started the season well with many earmarking them as probable title contenders, but have struggled to maintain any consistency since the early stages and are now sitting in fourth place, eight points behind Serie A leaders Napoli.

The club’s hunger for victory is sure to come under scrutiny with the revelation that Mancini’s men have failed to win a single league match this season in which they have gone behind, a trait usually required of genuine title contenders.

Inter did reach a season high against Hellas, however, though the stat only serves to back up Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink’s claims that possession football means nothing if a team’s time on the ball is not well spent…

Verona 3-3 Inter: Spoils shared as Nerazzurri slump continues

Roberto Mancini’s Scudetto-chasing charges conceded three goals from set-pieces as the hosts, who recorded a first win of the season last time out, missed out on a famous victory


Mauro Icardi and Ivan Perisic completed a rousing Inter comeback to earn a point in a thrilling 3-3 draw at rock-bottom Verona on Sunday.

Verona’s last victory against Inter came back in 1992 and that run looked set to be extended when Jeison Murillo headed the visitors into an early lead at Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi.

But the hosts, who earned a first win of a miserable Serie A season against Atalanta in midweek, quickly turned the match on its head with Filip Helander and Eros Pisano heading home Luca Marrone set-pieces.

And it got better for Verona after the break when more Inter woe at set-pieces saw Artur Ionita convert another Marrone corner.

However, Perisic – on as a half-time substitute – then set up Icardi’s for his 10th league goal of the campaign and provider turned goalscorer when the winger swept home the equaliser in the 78th minute.

Despite their rousing comeback Roberto Mancini has now seen Inter win just once in six league matches as they missed the chance to replace Fiorentina in the top three, while Verona sit nine points adrift of safety.

Inter – who had Mancini back on the sidelines following a one-match ban – controlled the opening exchanges with Rodrigo Palacio and Marcelo Brozovic both going close.

The visitors were in front by the ninth minute, though, as Murillo leapt highest to head Brozovic’s corner into the bottom right-hand corner.

But Inter were stunned by two Verona goals in the space of four minutes soon after their opener.

First Helander levelled with a powerful header from Marrone’s corner over a helpless Samir Handanovic and Inter were caught out by another set-piece when Marrone’s free-kick from the right was planted into the bottom corner by the unmarked Pisano.

Brozovic went close to an equaliser with a spectacular acrobatic volley from the edge of the box that sliced wide of the post, while Icardi failed to control Palacio’s cross when wide open in the area.

Inter were wasteful with their final delivery at the start of the second half and they were made to pay as Marrone claimed a third assist of the afternoon when Ionita timed his run brilliantly to head into the left-hand corner.

It was game on by the hour, though, as half-time substitute Perisic’s excellent low ball from the left was clipped home by Icardi.

Palacio was again denied by Gollini, but Verona’s resistance was broken with 12 minutes remaining as Eder’s excellent low delivery from the right was tapped in by Perisic at the back post.

In a frantic ending Gilberto Junior hit the outside of the post for Verona and Juan Gomez saw an audacious long-range chip go just wide, while at the other end an unmarked Icardi wastefully headed wide from eight yards as the sides were forced to settle for a point  apiece.

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Roberto Mancini’s Scudetto-chasing charges conceded three goals from set-pieces as the hosts, who recorded a first win of the season last time out, missed out on a famous victory


Mauro Icardi and Ivan Perisic completed a rousing Inter comeback to earn a point in a thrilling 3-3 draw at rock-bottom Verona on Sunday.

Verona’s last victory against Inter came back in 1992 and that run looked set to be extended when Jeison Murillo headed the visitors into an early lead at Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi.

But the hosts, who earned a first win of a miserable Serie A season against Atalanta in midweek, quickly turned the match on its head with Filip Helander and Eros Pisano heading home Luca Marrone set-pieces.

And it got better for Verona after the break when more Inter woe at set-pieces saw Artur Ionita convert another Marrone corner.

However, Perisic – on as a half-time substitute – then set up Icardi’s for his 10th league goal of the campaign and provider turned goalscorer when the winger swept home the equaliser in the 78th minute.

Despite their rousing comeback Roberto Mancini has now seen Inter win just once in six league matches as they missed the chance to replace Fiorentina in the top three, while Verona sit nine points adrift of safety.

Inter – who had Mancini back on the sidelines following a one-match ban – controlled the opening exchanges with Rodrigo Palacio and Marcelo Brozovic both going close.

The visitors were in front by the ninth minute, though, as Murillo leapt highest to head Brozovic’s corner into the bottom right-hand corner.

But Inter were stunned by two Verona goals in the space of four minutes soon after their opener.

First Helander levelled with a powerful header from Marrone’s corner over a helpless Samir Handanovic and Inter were caught out by another set-piece when Marrone’s free-kick from the right was planted into the bottom corner by the unmarked Pisano.

Brozovic went close to an equaliser with a spectacular acrobatic volley from the edge of the box that sliced wide of the post, while Icardi failed to control Palacio’s cross when wide open in the area.

Inter were wasteful with their final delivery at the start of the second half and they were made to pay as Marrone claimed a third assist of the afternoon when Ionita timed his run brilliantly to head into the left-hand corner.

It was game on by the hour, though, as half-time substitute Perisic’s excellent low ball from the left was clipped home by Icardi.

Palacio was again denied by Gollini, but Verona’s resistance was broken with 12 minutes remaining as Eder’s excellent low delivery from the right was tapped in by Perisic at the back post.

In a frantic ending Gilberto Junior hit the outside of the post for Verona and Juan Gomez saw an audacious long-range chip go just wide, while at the other end an unmarked Icardi wastefully headed wide from eight yards as the sides were forced to settle for a point  apiece.

Mancini backs Kondogbia to come good at Inter

The former Manchester City coach has little doubt his summer arrival will succeed at the Giuseppe Meazza side, while also backing Mauro Icardi to come good

Inter manager Roberto Mancini has backed Geoffrey Kondogbia to come good after a difficult start and develop into a key figure at San Siro.

The France international joined Inter from Monaco at the start of the 2015-16 campaign for a transfer fee believed to be in the region of €30million, but has so far been unable to live up to the high expectations.

Kondogbia has made just 14 starts in Serie A and has received his fair share of criticism for his underwhelming performances, yet Mancini believes the 22-year-old will soon start delivering.

“It’s hard for a young player to come in and adapt to Serie A immediately,” the Inter coach said at a news conference ahead of Sunday’s trip to Verona.

“Geoffrey’s very young and has huge potential for improvement.”

Mauro Icardi, who was Serie A’s joint top scorer last term, has also been struggling to replicate that form in 2015-16, missing a crucial penalty in Inter’s 3-0 loss at the hands of AC Milan last week.

Yet Mancini is adamant he is happy with the former Barcelona youngster.

“Mauro is still young so he has huge margin for growth,” he added.

“I’m happy with him. We have six strikers and we can only play three or four in one go but they’re all working well.”