Genoa 2-0 Inter: Pandev Comes Back to Haunt I Nerazzurri with Astonishing Performance in Liguria

Genoa’s resurgence under Davide Ballardini continued this weekend, as an own goal from Andrea Ranocchia and a second half strike from Goran Panev see off a hapless Inter side. 

The in-form Rossoblu started well, pressing from the front in search of an early goal; and they almost had their reward on two occasions inside the opening ten minutes. 

A mazy – rather surprising run – from former Inter striker Goran Pandev culminated a low shot from just inside the 18-yard box being well saved by Samir Handanovic. 

Moments later, I Nerrazurri’s number one almost turned from hero to villain, when he allowed a Pandev cross to loop slowly over his head and onto the underside of the crossbar. Luckily for the Slovenian international however, he proved to the first player to react and was able to subsequently collect the ball on the goal line. 

On the stroke of half time, Genoa finally struck lucky through a rather comical own goal from the somehow always comical Andrea Ranocchia. Rather than blatantly being at fault for his side’s concession of a goal however, this time, the error prone centre half unfortunately got in the way of a Milan Skriniar clearance; which after ricocheting off the shin of Ranocchia, looped over Handanovic and into the back of the net. 

At the start of the second half I Nerrazurri pressed forward in search of an equaliser, but on the hour mark, former Inter forward Pandev emphatically dashed these hopes. 

After Skriniar cleared a corner kick to the edge of the penalty area, the 34-year-old forward was able to brilliantly control a Diego Laxalt shot from the edge of the box, before turning and coolly sliding the ball under the onrushing Handanovic. 

Luciano Spalletti immediately reacted to the concession of a second goal, bring on new signing Rafinha for the more defensive minded Matia Vecino.

Despite this attacking change, Inter rarely threatened the Genoa goal until the final ten minutes of the game, with youngster Yann Karamoh coming closest with a long range effort that flew just over the crossbar. 

In the final ten minutes, Spalletti’s men began to press forward with more urgency, but still largely struggled to any explicit chances. 

The win moves I Rossoblu on to 30 points for the season and – most importantly – 13 points clear of the relegation zone. Inter on the other hand, remain two points adrift of Roma in third place, and precariously just two points clear of Lazio, who face Hellas Verona this weekend. 

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Inter Boss Spalletti Responds to Criticism From Roma Coach Di Francesco and Club Legend Totti

?Inter Milan manager Luciano Spalletti has taken a dig at his old club Roma following comments made by the Giallorossi boss Eusebio Di Francesco and club legend Francesco Totti about Spalletti.

Spalletti was asked about the comments made by Di Francesco, who in his press conference claimed that the teams ahead of Roma in the table barely have a shot on goal, and it’s fair to say that the Italian wasn’t best pleased by the comments, as reported by ?Football Italia.

“There are other sides ahead of Roma too,” noted Spalletti. “If he was referring to us, and it wouldn’t be the first time, I say that I agree with him.

“Roma could’ve been much higher up the table, as in previous years they would’ve been challenging for the Scudetto along with ?Juventus and ?Napoli. I assume that’s what he’s referring to.”

Earlier in the week, Totti reiterated his dislike towards Spalletti and the way the manager handled his final season, however the Inter boss brushed off these comments and claimed that he was ‘always open’ with Totti while at Roma.

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“Totti expressed himself unequivocally. I was always open to him and always will be. If that’s the way he feels, then I’m sorry, but it marks a definitive point. There’s nothing I can do about it.”

Inter are one point ahead of Roma in the league standings, and it seems as though mind games are starting to creep in as both coaches look to get an edge over their opponent in the hopes of gaining an advantage in the latter stages of the season.

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Antonio Candreva’s Agent Reveals Inter Star Came Close to Joining Chelsea Last Year

Federico Pastorello, the agent of Inter winger Antonio Candreva has revealed the Italy international came close to joining Chelsea in January last year, after admitting the 30-year-old could be set for a move this summer. 

Candreva joined Inter from Lazio in 2016 where he quickly earned the attention of a host of Premier League clubs after impressing at San Siro, leading to speculation of another move in quick succession. 

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A move did not eventuate but the winger was once again rumoured to be on his way out of the club in January, but his agent Pastorello admitted it could have played out differently had a deal to Stamford Bridge not collapsed last year.

He told Rai Sport, via ??Football Italia“He was very close to joining Chelsea in January 2017, but he had only just been signed by Inter, so it wasn’t really plausible. 

“The transfer market is closed now, so let’s see what happens at the end of the season.

“He was very happy when he arrived at Inter, as it was the team he most wanted to play for and still feels that enthusiasm today. We hope the team can emerge from this difficult moment.”

Candreva has played a key role in Inter’s season to date, notching eight assists to help guide the club to third place in Serie A. However, his agent claims a move might be forced in the summer should Inter once again fail to qualify for the Champions League – in what would be their first appearance since season 2011/12. 

He added: “We’re waiting for the end of the season. If they finish in the top four, I think he’ll be happy to remain and finally play in the Champions League.”

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Bayern Munich Join Manchester United in Race to Sign Coveted Inter Striker Mauro Icardi

Bayern Munich have joined the contest to sign Inter striker Mauro Icardi, according to ?FCInterNews.it.

The Bavarians join the likes of Manchester United, PSG and Real Madrid in wanting the Argentine’s signature, as Inter try to urgently negotiate a new contract for the forward.

The former Sampdoria player has a release clause in his current deal worth €110m but it can only be activated between May and June, which means clubs will need to act hastily if they want to recruit the coveted forward.

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The Italian website exclusively reported that Bayern Munich are the latest side to have made an initial approach for Icardi.

Inter are attempting to get a new contract signed as soon as possible, with reports suggesting that Icardi’s entourage are asking for a salary of £6.5m and want to raise the release clause to £135m.

Reports have recently claimed that ?Manchester United could be lining up a move to bring Icardi to Old Trafford this summer. 

Agent Mino Raiola has helped Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic move to United in recent seasons and he now wants to represent the Argentinian striker.

Icardi started his career with Barcelona’s youth side before making a move to Sampdoria in 2011. Inter signed the striker in 2013 and has gone on to score 96 goals in 170 matches for the club. 

He’s arguably in the best spell of his career this season, scoring 18 times in 22 games in Serie A and helping Inter into the Champions League places in third.

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Arsenal Set to Rival Barcelona and Man City for £62m-Rated Inter Defender Milan Skriniar

?Milan Skriniar is one of the hottest properties in Serie A at the moment, as the ?Slovakian defender is currently attracting the interest of some of the world’s elite including Barcelona, Manchester City and now Arsenal. 

The Gunners are in need of a central defender and have now been informed how much it would cost to prize Skriniar away from Inter. 

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????According to reports from Italy, Arsenal have been told they would need to pay as much as £62m for the defender. 

Skriniar, 23, joined the Nerazzurri this season from Sampdoria for £30m and is contracted to Inter until 2022. He has been tied down to a lengthy contract in the hope that it would deter any clubs from approaching the player. 

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If paying such an extortionate fee wasn’t bad enough, Arsenal would be in competition with a range of European clubs for the defender’s signature. However, this isn’t the first time that Skriniar has been linked with a move away from ?Inter. 

A recent newspaper interview which was wrongly translated also left the Slovakian’s future in question, before he took to Instagram to quash the rumours (via Team Talk).

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Skriniar had to deny claims that he fancied a move to Manchester United or Manchester City by pledging his allegiance to Inter. The 23-year-old claimed he was misquoted and took to social media to show his loyalty. 

“I never thought or said that I wanted to leave Inter,” the Slovakian wrote on Instagram. 

Nonetheless, Skriniar wouldn’t be available until the summer, when a host of Premier League clubs could be interested in the defender, giving Arsenal some fierce competition. 


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