Icardi blasts Inter boo boys

The Argentine is upset with the behaviour of some of the club’s fans, saying those that whistle the players do not truly love the Nerazzurri

Mauro Icardi has hit out at Inter supporters who jeered the team during Wednesday’s Serie A victory over Sampdoria.

The striker scored a 90th-minute penalty to secure a 1-0 win for the Nerazzurri, the second match in succession where an Icardi spot-kick proved decisive for Walter Mazzarri’s men, after Sunday’s single-goal success at Cesena.

Some fans voiced their disapproval with Inter’s struggle to break down previously unbeaten Sampdoria with boos and whistles.

Icardi was thus keen to express his gratitude to those who stuck by Inter during the game, but stated that those who whistled the players are not true supporters.

“We don’t feel the criticism,” the 21-year-old attacker told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “We go out on to the pitch to win, and we have to continue like this.

“Those who whistle do not love Inter. But there are also those who support us for 90 minutes … those are the real fans.”

Icardi previously played for Sampdoria between 2011 and 2013, but he insisted that the goal against his former side was no more important than any other.

“No [it is no better scoring against Sampdoria], it’s the same as scoring against other teams, although they launched my career,” the Argentine explained.

“It was important for the team, and we continue on the road we started against Cesena.

“We have a game every two days, and we have to work very hard.” 

Icardi has now netted five goals in nine Serie A appearances this term.

Inter must score more, says Mazzarri

The 53-year-old has urged his attackers to step up their game and was unaware of criticism from the fans during the victory over Sampdoria

Inter coach Walter Mazzarri says his side must begin to finish off more of their chances in the wake of their 1-0 win over Sampdoria.

The Giuseppe Meazza outfit missed a number of opportunities before Mauro Icardi eventually found the net from 12 yards in the closing stages of the game to help his team to a vital win.

“We’ve beaten a side that had not lost once this season. The only negative is that we couldn’t take more of our chances,” the Inter coach said at a press conference.

“At the end of the day, we’ve won, but hopefully we’re saving up the goals for the next match.

“I think my team put in a great performance in terms of the football we played. We’re happy with how the lads are playing. This is a united group made up of good men. This team feels truly mine.”

Inter were whistled by some of their fans during half-time, but Mazzarri stressed he did not hear the jeers.

“I didn’t hear them; I went straight into the dressing room so that I could think about how the team was doing and what we should do after the break. That’s why I didn’t hear any whistles.

“Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but I prefer to let my team and our points tally do the talking.”

Inter 1-0 Sampdoria: Icardi nets late winner for Nerazzurri

The former Blucerchiati striker converted from the spot with just seconds of normal time remaining, after Zdravko Kuzmanovic had been felled in the box by Alessio Romagnoli


Mauro Icardi converted a last-minute penalty to earn Inter a crucial 1-0 win over Serie A rivals Sampdoria on Wednesday night.

The Nerazzurri looked set to be held at home for the third successive game in all competitions, which would have heaped further pressure on coach Walter Mazzarri, until Zdravko Kuzmanovic was felled by Alessio Romagnoli with just seconds of normal time remaining.

Icardi, who had been repeatedly frustrated by Sergio Romero in the Sampdoria goal, then stepped up to beat his fellow Argentine from 12 yards out to send the Giuseppe Meazza wild.

More to follow …

Hernanes calms talk of Inter crisis

The Brazilian midfielder believes the Nerazzurri will soon be a force to reckoned with after a difficult period

Inter midfielder Hernanes has calmed talk of a crisis at San Siro and insists the club just need time to build a new side.

Walter Mazzarri’s men sit eighth in the table after the first eight games of the campaign, prompting speculation over the future of the club’s coach.

Nevertheless, Hernanes sees plenty of reasons for optimism and believes things will soon improve.

“The fans must be patient; it’s been a delicate time for the club. A lot has changed. Let’s not regret the past; we can build a successful future,” Hernanes said at a press conference.

“We need to support the team whilst it’s finding its feet. The fans must believe in us, have faith and make an effort. We’re doing all we can to take Inter to the very top. We’ve shown that we could take control of a difficult situation and come through it.

“The team has only been together for three months; it will take a bit of time but we are growing as a group. I think we’ve played well and I can’t see any big problems.”

Inter will be looking to extend their domestic unbeaten run to three games when they take on Sampdoria on Wednesday after a win over Cesena and a draw versus Napoli in recent weeks.

Inter-Sampdoria Preview: Handanovic ready for next test

Pressure was relieved on Walter Mazzarri’s shoulders after the 1-0 win over Cesena but Wednesday’s visitors have proven a tough nut to crack this season

​Samir Handanovic says Inter are growing in confidence ahead of their Serie A clash with Sampdoria at San Siro on Wednesday.

Inter coach Walter Mazzarri has been under growing pressure after a run of three league games without a win, although Sunday’s 1-0 victory over Cesena – which came courtesy of Mauro Icardi’s first-half penalty – lifted the gloom somewhat. 

The Milan giants head into their midweek fixture four points behind in-form Sampdoria, who sit fourth, and goalkeeper Handanovic is convinced the success against Cesena can act as a catalyst for their season.

“I think we were rushing [before], trying to win the game and do everything straight away,” the Slovenian told Inter’s official website. “We wanted too much, too soon.

“Having said that, the important thing is the three points and we can forget about the rest. 

“We’ll take the points but we know we need to improve. This win [over Cesena] will give us heart and strength for Wednesday - we now need to focus on Sampdoria.” 

Sampdoria, by contrast to Inter, have enjoyed a superb start to the season and are yet to be beaten in Serie A this term.

Coached by former Inter defender Sinisa Mihajlovic, Sampdoria held second-placed Roma to a 0-0 stalemate last Saturday.

However, despite their strong beginning to the campaign, Mihajlovic is refusing to get carried away. 

“We must be careful - enthusiasm is okay, but [you must] keep your feet on the ground,” he told Sampdoria’s official website.

“I am very pleased to see what has been done by the guys. 

“There is great enthusiasm on the part of each player, and that’s fine as long as you’re still down to earth, remembering not to lose humility.”

Sampdoria duo Nenad Krsticic and Matias Silvestre have moved closer to a return to first team action having returned to training, but Roberto Soriano trained alone on Monday as a precaution.

Yann M’Vila will be absent for Inter after suffering a knee injury against Saint-Etienne in the Europa League, while Jonathan (leg) and Pablo Daniel Osvaldo (abductor) are also out.

Yuto Nagatomo and Gary Medel could return for Mazzarri’s side, though, after missing Sunday’s victory over Cesena.

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