Inter vs Genoa Preview: Classic Encounter, Team News, Prediction & More

?Inter host Genoa at the San Siro on Sunday looking to bounce back from an unexpected draw with Bologna last time out, which ended their four game winning streak in Serie A. 

The Nerazzurri have an impressive recent history over their opponents at home, winning four of their latest encounters with Genoa at San Siro, and Luciano Spalletti will be looking to extend the streak to five when he lines up against Ivan Juri?’s side – who have yet to win a league match this season – for the first time as Inter manager. 


Classic Encounter

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These two sides have battled it out on 23 occasions and since early 2012 the home side have come out victorious, and that was no different on May 23 2015 when Genoa twice came from behind to secure a famous victory over Inter. 

With four goals coming prior to the half-time break, it looked as though the game would end all square at 2-2 as the second-half petered out, but a minute before time Kucka Juraj’s header from a free-kick gave the keeper no chance, resulting in a 3-2 victory for Genoa.

It was a result which saw rapturous celebrations from the Genoa faithful as they went on to finish the season ahead of Inter for the first time since 1994. 


Key Battles

Mauro Icardi vs Genoa Defence

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The Inter skipper has started the new campaign like a house on fire, scoring six goals in five Serie A appearances – the second best tally in Italy’s first division.

His dynamism leading the line has caused defences across Seria A all sorts of trouble, as once he is inside the penalty box he is simply lethal, not offering any mercy to the opposition. 

The Argentina striker is an issue the visitors will have to overcome as a defensive unit if they are to return home with any points.


Team News

Full-back Joao Cancelo is set to remain sidelined for Inter’s clash this weekend, but could be set for an earlier than expected return to the side ahead of the Derby della Madonnina with Milan on October 15.

Midfielder Assane Gnakouri has also yet to return from a heart condition which was detected in February. 

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Genoa will be without forward Gianluca Lapadula as he continues to recover from a knee injury sustained earlier in the month. 

Predicted Lineups

Inter Milan XI: Handanovic, Nagatomo, Miranda, Skriniar, D’Ambrosio, Candreva, Borja Valero, Vecino, Perisic, Joao Mario, Icardi

Genoa XI: Perin, Zukanovic, Rossettini, Biraschi, Laxalt, Veloso, Brlek, Lazovic, Bertolacci, Palladino, Pellegri


Prediction 

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Despite a slight hiccup in their last outing, Inter are likely to have too much fire power for Genoa on Sunday as Icardi and Perisic continue to rack up the numbers at the start of the season. 

Fuelled with the need to bounce back it looks unlikely that the visitors will be able to overcome Spalletti’s side and notch their first win of the season.  

Prediction: Inter 2 – 0 Genoa

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Picking the Best Potential Inter Lineup to Face Genoa on Sunday

?Inter Milan are set to host Genoa on Sunday at the San Siro as they look to get back to winning ways following their less than impressive draw with Bologna on Tuesday. 

Genoa are yet to register their first win of the Serie A season, and with recent history at the San Siro in their favour, Inter have to close out the game on the weekend if they are to keep up with the likes of Napoli and Juventus at the top of the table. 

Here is how Inter could lineup at San Siro: 

Goalkeeper

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Expect nothing but Samir Handanovi? in goal on Sunday.

Defence

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  • Škriniar

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  • Miranda

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  • Nagatomo

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?Arguably Luciano Spalletti’s first choice back-line will be up against a Rossoblu side who have yet to score away from home this season, a statistic which should come as little to no concern for this defensive line as they have conceded a mere two goals in the Serie A so far. 

Midfield

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  • Valero

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Ivan Perisic and João Mário will offer the offensive threat slightly ahead of this midfield three, allowing Matias Vecino, Borja Valero and Antonio Candreva to control and dictate play in the middle of the park. 

?Roberto Gagliardini could also be in for a return to the side in place of Vecino if Spalletti feels it necessary to freshen up his midfielder following the draw midweek. 

Forwards

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?This attacking trio boasts the ability to tear the opposition apart, and after being largely stifled against Bologna there will need to be a response on Sunday if Inter are to get back to winning ways.

With the visitors boasting a less than impressive defensive record both Mauro Icardi and Perisic will hold the key to victory as they have nine goals and three assists between them in the opening five games of the season.  

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Roma Veteran Daniele De Rossi Reveals He Turned Down Huge Summer Offer Reportedly From Rivals Inter

?Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi has revealed he rejected advances from a Serie A rival, reported to be Inter Milan, in favour of staying at the Stadio Olimpico for another season as he could not betray the club or the fans. 

The midfield veteran is the club’s longest serving player following the retirement of Roma legend Francesco Totti, and was reported to have received an ambitious offer from Inter to switch allegiances this summer as they caught wind of his desire to find a fresh challenge. 

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After 16-years with Roma, De Rossi admits he is still on the lookout for experience at another club as he told ?Corriere dello Sport of interest from a rival during the summer: “I think I ought to have an experience elsewhere. 

“I had already decided to do it last year, as for long periods there was no contact with the club over my renewal.

“I was playing well, so would leave a happy memory. For a while, it was my plan to leave. The biggest offer on the table was from another Italian club.”

If the offer was from Inter, and subsequently accepted it would have seen De Rossi take the field as a direct rival for Roma, a decision which his heart would not let him make.

He added: “However, my heart and love won out. I couldn’t betray the city and the fans. If a big European or American club had come in – and it’s no secret one of my dreams is to go to America for a lifestyle and football experience – I probably wouldn’t be here today.”

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With the captain’s armband now bestowed upon him as his career moves closer to its end, many are hopeful he will accept a send-off not too dissimilar from Totti’s, but the 34-year-old admits he is unlikely to follow the same path as he is desperate to experience a professional life away from Roma before he hangs up his boots.

“I always thought it’d be great if I could, with all due respect and the correct proportions, experience a day like the one Totti had on May 28 when he retired. It would be wonderful to experience such an intense salute with the fans,” he added. 


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“At the same time, I do feel the strong desire to have an experience elsewhere. Frankly, 16 years at Roma is like 32 elsewhere, because they really weigh on you. I am physically having the best seasons of my career, but the pressure is often excessive.”

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Liverpool Attempting to Snatch Away Young Inter Defender Before Contract Renewal Talks

Liverpool are thought to be hot on the heels of Inter defender ?Zinho Vanheusden, but they only have a small window of space to work with.

The Reds, who have been quite poor defensively for a few seasons now, have identified the 18-year-old as a player who could come in and help solidify things at the back in future. However, Corriere Dello Sport are reporting that the Italian side have already planned talks over a contract renewal with the player.

The Belgian has two years left to go on his current contract at Inter, but the club want him to sign a new deal which would take him up to 2022.

And speaking to Het Belang van Limburg in a recent interview, he gave away very little with regards to a move.

“I know very well that you can be God one day and could be finished the next day,” he said. “There were indeed teams who wanted to loan me, but I didn’t think it was the right time.”

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, meanwhile, has admitted that he is ‘sick’ of the way his team concedes goals. The Anfield side have already let in nine goals in the Premier League this season, and let in two unanswered strikes in their Carabao Cup exit against Leicester City this week.

“I am sick of goals like this,” the German fumed after the match. “You cannot play football. First goal we don’t push up together, you can say it one time or 1000 times, it’s not nice to concede these goals, and today it’s again because of these.”


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“The game changes in moments like this, you have the chance to do it by yourself or sometimes you are on the wrong side and that’s how it is. But that we concede like this, that makes me really, really sick.”

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Inter Legend Explains Why Current Nerazzurri Stars Icardi & Perisic Are ‘Not Top Players’

Inter Milan legend Luis Suarez, aka Lusito, does not believe that Inter Milan will win Serie A because players like Mauro Icardi and Ivan Perisic are “not top players”.

Lusito – full name Luis Suarez Miramontes – told CalcioNews24 (via ?Football Italia) that he did not think that Luciano Spalletti could lead I Nerazzurri to the Italian top flight title whilst he still called upon these two as his supposedly best players.

The former Spain international and two-time European Cup winner with Inter remarked that Icardi would have to go on to ply his trade in another top European league before he would change his mind and, while Perisic was an apparent summer target for Manchester United, the Croat did not end up moving to Old Trafford.

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Lusito said: “Icardi and Perisic are not top players. What does that even mean? That’s what they say in England or in the United States.

“Icardi is a goalscorer, he’s the Inter captain and he’s an important player. He’s probably not yet a superstar, he’d have to do well in Europe or for the national team. So far we’ve only seen him in Italy.”

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Inter have taken 13 points from a possible 15 so far this season – form which has catapulted them to the top of the standings – but Lusito went on to claim that the San Siro-based club were not yet on a par with title rivals Napoli and Juventus.

He added: “Comparing Inter with Napoli and Juventus is undoubtedly too exaggerated and premature.

“At the moment Inter are a team under construction, with a lot of good players and a great coach. They’re still step behind Juventus and Napoli though, and it didn’t need a setback to establish that.

“The difficulty is in maintaining consistency throughout the season, and Inter have never shown any maturity in that regard. The foundations are good though.


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“Spalletti is perfect for keeping everyone in line. He won’t win the league, but I’m sure he’ll do very well.”

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