Watch the highlights of Inter's 3-0 win over Stjarnan
Thursday, August 21, 2014
The coach reflected on a job well done against Stjarnan: "Smart enough to bide our time and wait for the first goal to come. All the lads did well tonight"
Walter Mazzarri was understandably satisfied after an efficient Inter display in Reykjavik saw them triumph on an away trip that had all the makings of the proverbial banana skin.
Speaking to Inter Channel and the gathered journalists following tonight's 3-0 win at Laugardalsvöllur Stadium, the Nerazzurri manager explained: "It was good that we managed to break the deadlock. It wasn't easy at the start because they got men behind the ball and battened down the hatches, waiting to strike on the counter.
We were smart enough to bide our time and wait for the goal to come. Getting the second straight after the restart was important too, and it came following a nicely worked move.
Up until that point we were very careful in making sure we weren't caught on the counter-attack. Maybe we started to wane a bit physically towards the end and we ended up letting them in a few times." 3-0 is a good result but it's only the first half of the tie.
Asked if he expected a big turnout at the Meazza for the return leg, Mazzarri replied: "It's our first home game of the season in front of the fans and I hope there will be a big crowd. It would be really nice for the lads." Commenting then on some of the players' indivdual performances, the Nerazzurri boss went on: "Hernanes did pretty well. He's improving, as all the players are.
He and Mateo played well tonight, because they had to work both defend and attack. I've mentioned those two but overall I'm happy with how all the lads played.
M'Vila has come on loads, we knew he needed to get games under his belt. He's an imposing figure who stays calm and is confident both when building play and breaking it up. Dodo? Yes, he did well too. He has to keep going now."
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Hernanes warned Inter not to underestimate Europa League opponents Stjarnan. "Anyone can hurt you."
The Nerazzurri travel to Iceland for the first leg of their play-off on Wednesday evening.
"It will require great concentration," the Brazilian told Inter Channel.
"The results I saw in Brazil over the last few days were shocking. You must give it your all in every match, otherwise anyone can hurt you."
Inter have struggled in recent friendlies, losing 3-1 at Eintracht Frankfurt and drawing 0-0 with PAOK.
"I expected us to hold out for just about 45 minutes, but I played a little more. My legs are starting to move better now and in the second half I had a lot of energy left, despite the tiredness.
"I think we will reach the Europa League tie in good condition. I worked hard and remained sharp, though it is inevitable to feel tired at this stage of the season."
Thursday, August 14, 2014
The Nerazzurri are set to face Greek side PAOK in a friendly on Thursday and the 32-year-old is hoping the Italian club can make up for their poor performance in their 3-1 friendly loss to Eintracht Frankfurt on August 10.
Vidic spoke to Inter Channel on Wednesday about the upcoming friendly and the team's improvements during summer training, while also commenting on his own personal progress when it comes to helping out Inter's attack.
"We have been working hard, we've had some good sessions and so far I think it's gone well if you don't include the game we played in Germany," said the former Manchester United man.
"I try to attack the ball, I'm good in the air and I'm trying to score more goals and maybe I should score more. Tomorrow at PAOK, it won't be an easy game but I hope we're going to be better this time."
The 21 year old Argentinian star had a solid debut season at the Nerazzurri last campaign, and will be looking to build on that with some more goals this campaign.
"We'll begin a season that will be very important for me, and for Inter," Icardi wrote on Facebook. "That's why I've decided to stay closer to my fans."
"Their help will be decisive and I will put my first official jersey autographed in my first game up for grabs for someone that will do the most beautiful video with my pictures."
Icardi netted nine goals in 22 Serie A appearances last season for Inter.
Friday, August 8, 2014
Porto centre back Rolando is closing in on a return to Inter after spending last season on loan at the San Siro.
The Portuguese defender wants to leave Porto and has now been targeted by head coach Walter Mazzarri, but the outcome of any bid depends on the future of Hugo Campagnaro who is subject of interest from Genoa.
The 28-year-old will be a free agent at the end of this coming season and Porto could look to cash in on the player and according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Inter are preparing a €2 million offer.
Rolando has spent the last two seasons on loan in Serie A, his first stint was with Napoli before he joined the Nerazzurri for the duration of last season and featured regularly at the heart of the back li
Leicester City are ready to make a real statement of intent following their return to the Premier League, with the Daily Mail reporting that the Foxes could sign former Inter Milan and Argentina star Esteban Cambiasso on a two-year deal.
The report suggests that the two parties are in discussions over a potential deal to bring Cambiasso to the King Power Stadium, although Foxes manager Nigel Pearson is seemingly keen to assess the player's fitness before committing to a deal bringing him to the East Midlands.
It would be a real statement of intent from Leicester, however, who have already spent big on Brighton & Hove Albion striker Leonardo Ulloa following their return to the top flight as Championship title winners after a long absence.
Survival will be the first aim for Pearson and his team, with a player who holds the experience and nous of Cambiasso potentially being a huge asset to a side likely to be scrapping it out at the bottom of the table.