Cesena-Inter Preview: Mazzarri bids to avert Nerazzurri emergency

The Italian admitted his side are amid desperate times following their Europa League draw on Thursday, with the club needing a positive result more than ever on Sunday

Inter will hope to put a week of turmoil behind them with victory at Cesena in Serie A on Sunday.

The Italian giants were rocked on Thursday when club icon Massimo Moratti resigned as honorary president. Reports have suggested the former president wanted coach Walter Mazzarri sacked in response to the club’s poor league form.

Inter sit ninth in Serie A and have won just two of their seven league matches this season. An embarrassing 4-1 home loss to Cagliari last month was followed by a 3-0 defeat at Fiorentina.

Although Inter rescued a point in a 2-2 draw with Napoli on Sunday, a lacklustre showing in the Europa League on Thursday prompted Mazzarri to admit the club were in a state of emergency.

However, Inter have won their last six Serie A matches against this weekend’s opponents, most recently in April 2012 when Cesena, who finished bottom that season, lost 2-1 at San Siro.

Mazzarri’s men have had few problems in attack in 2014-15, scoring 13 league goals. Just three sides – AC Milan, leaders Juventus and Roma – have netted more.

Yann M’Vila suffered a sprained knee against Saint-Etienne and joins a lengthy Inter injury list that contains the likes of Gary Medel, Pablo Daniel Osvaldo and Yuto Nagatomo.

Cesena enter the clash in poor form, without a win since a 1-0 success against Parma on the opening day of the Serie A season.

A 1-1 home draw against Milan last month was promising but they will be disappointed with a 2-1 loss at Palermo last time out.

Palermo, who were without a win this season, clinched all three points thanks to a 91st-minute goal from defender Giancarlo Gonzalez.

Mazzarri: Inter in state of emergency

After the Nerazzurri’s 0-0 stalemate against Saint-Etienne in the Europa League, their coach conceded that his team are struggling for form and fitness

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Walter Mazzarri expressed his concern that Inter are in an “emergency situation” after their goalless draw with Saint-Etienne on Thursday.

The Serie A side were toothless against their French opponents at San Siro as their winning start to their Europa League campaign came to an end.

While dominating possessions for large periods, Group F leaders Inter were unable to break down the visitors and subsequently missed the chance to bolster their hopes of progression.

Mazzarri refused to comment on the surprise resignation of club icon Massimo Moratti as honorary president earlier on Thursday, amid reports the former president wanted the coach sacked.

But the ex-Napoli boss admitted that the current situation was a drastic one, with Inter boasting just one win from their last five games in all competitions.

“We are in an emergency situation and playing every three days meant we weren’t as sharp as usual,” Mazzarri told Mediaset.

“Today we had to change a great deal and considering the situation I think it was a good performance. The important thing was to continue picking up points.

“We are doing well in Europe even if of course we like to win every game. We had six youngsters on the field against Napoli on Sunday and put in a great performance.

“Of course I’d love champagne football but I don’t see many doing that nowadays. Saint-Etienne are a team to be respected.”

Inter are back in action on Sunday with a Serie A visit to Cesena.

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Inter 0-0 Saint-Etienne: Toothless Nerazzurri fire Europa League blank

Walter Mazzarri’s men were bereft of width and creativity as they played out a bore draw at San Siro

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A toothless Inter drew 0-0 with Saint-Etienne in a lacklustre game at San Siro in the Europa League on Thursday night.

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Moratti quits Inter after 19 years

The former owner of the Milanese giants has announced his decision to leave the club after almost two decades


Massimo Moratti has ended his 19-year association with Inter by resigning as the club’s honorary president.

The former president, who sold a 70 per cent stake in the club to Indonesian media magnate Erick Thohir in October 2013 and passed over the presidency to the new owner the following month, has announced his decision to step aside in a statement which also confirmed the exit of his one of his sons, as well as two close allies.

“Internazionale Holding Srl, a company owned by Mr Massimo Moratti and his sons, Mr Angelomario Moratti and Mr Giovanni Moratti, and which holds a stake of 29.5 per cent in FC Internazionale Milano Spa, announces that Mr Angelomario Moratti, Mr Rinaldo Ghelfi and Mr Alberto Manzonetto each individually resigned today from their posts as directors of FC Internazionale Milano Spa,” read a statement.

“Internazionale Holding Srl also announces that Massimo Moratti has today resigned as honorary president of FC Internazionale Milano Spa, a position kindly offered to him by Mr Erick Thohir in November last year.”

Moratti took the reins at Inter in 1995, succeeding Ernesto Pellegrini as president, and the club won an unprecedented treble of Champions League, Serie A and Coppa Italia as recently 2009-10. In total, the Nerazzurri collected five league titles, four domestic cups, four Supercoppe Italiana, a Uefa Cup and the 2010 Club World Cup under Moratti.

However, financial restraints brought on by Uefa’s Financial Fair Play regulations resulted in a period of struggle for Inter, leading Moratti to sell to Thohir in 2013.

The 69-year-old was in the news earlier this week after claiming that Walter Mazzarri could be living on borrowed time at San Siro, only for the coach to blast back: “I don’t have time to think about what Moratti says, I don’t even want to waste energy answering him.”

Inter host Saint-Etienne at the Giuseppe Meazza on Thursday in the Uefa Europa League having so far racked up two wins from two in Group F.

Mazzarri: I won't waste energy replying to Moratti

Inter’s former president says the current coach could be in trouble if results do not improve but Mazzarri says he is not interested in what he has to say

Inter coach Walter Mazzarri says he will not waste his energy in responding to the criticisms of former president Massimo Moratti.

Moratti attended the San Siro side’s 2-2 draw with Napoli and remarked after the game that the 53-year-old’s job could be in trouble if results don’t pick up soon.

Mazzarri, though, insists he has no interest in what the 69-year-old has to say, instead turning his attention to Thursday’s Europa League match with Saint-Etienne.

“I don’t have time to think about what Moratti says, I don’t even want to waste energy answering him,” he told reporters. “I’m focused on St. Etienne. I just want my players to grow under my direction and make the most of it.”

“It’s a challenging game. We have studied our opponents and they are having a great championship in France, we respect them.

“Saint-Etienne is a team that has prestige, they are to be respected and that is doing well in their league, which is now very close to the Italian one.

“In tomorrow’s game, everyone will have to play well to give continuity to what we showed against Napoli.”

Mazzarri is without the quartet of Hugo Campagnaro, Danilo D’Ambrosio, Yuto Nagatomo and Pablo Daniel Osvaldo through injury for this game, meaning he has to make several changes for the French side’s visit.

“We are in a total emergency in some positions and so it is not easy to play these games so close together.

“I will try to rotate the players based on who I have. I’ll decide with the players themselves.”

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