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.

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