Picking the Best Potential Inter Lineup to Face Udinese in Serie A on Saturday

Inter welcome Udinese to San Siro hoping to end a disappointing run of form, which has seen them fail to pick up a win in their last four matches in all competitions.

The Nerazzurri sit third in Serie A and face a 17th-placed Zebrette outfit, who could drop into the relegation zone if they lose the match and results go against them on Tuesday, when Bologna face Milan.

3. Goalkeepers and Defenders

Samir Handanovi? (GK) – The keeper has kept seven clean sheets in 15 league appearances in all competitions. Although he hasn’t managed to keep one in his last four, the Slovenian will be eager to impress against his former side. 

Danilo D’Ambrosio (RB) – The full back has made 15 appearances in all competitions this campaign, keeping five clean sheets in 11 league games. He has been terrific defensively and is also a threat in the opposition area, providing a goal and an assist this season.

Stefan De Vrij (CB) – Like D’Ambrosio, the defender has made 15 appearances and kept five clean sheets, albeit in ten league appearances. He also possesses an aerial presence in the opposing box, with a goal and an assist to his name already.

Milan Škriniar (CB) – The Slovakian is only 23 but has shown a great defensive maturity. He has helped his side keep six clean sheets from 13 league appearances and has failed to feature just twice this campaign. It comes as no surprise why several top European sides are after the talented youngster.

Kwadwo Asamoah (LB) – The Ghanaian has kept five clean sheets in 13 league appearances this season. He possesses great pace, which helps the Nerazzurri going forward and he utilises it well when making recovery challenges. He also has a wand of a left foot, making it easy for him to send in dangerous first time crosses.

2. Midfielders

Marcelo Brozovi? (CDM) – The Croat has impressed this campaign for the Nerazzurri, providing one assist and has found the net twice in the league in 13 appearances. He is a player who often sacrifices himself for the team, making cynical challenges and picking up bookings for the side, which has cost him with one sending off.  

Matías Vecino (CM) – The Uruguayan has struggled with a muscular injury, which ruled him out of Inter’s Champions League draw against PSV Eindhoven, but will be a massive boost should he return to the starting lineup.

Radja Nainggolan (CM) – The Belgian hasn’t made as big an impact as he was tipped to after his move from Roma, due to a succession of muscular injuries. He is a combative, box to box midfielder who knows how to keep possession under pressure, dribble past players and pick out a pass. He has a slight niggle but could feature.

1. Forwards

Matteo Politano (RW) – Politano has impressed as the season has gone on. He has featured in every match this campaign for Il Biscione and has been involved in six goals in 21 appearances in all competitions, five of which have come in Serie A.

Mauro Icardi (ST) – Icardi has been terrific thus far this campaign, continuing last season’s form which saw him finish as joint top scorer in the league. He has eight goals and two assists in 12 league appearances, four in the Champions League and is on course to equal his tally from last campaign.

Keita Baldé (LW) – The summer signing has done well since arriving at San Siro. He has been involved in five goals in 14 league appearances, scoring three and providing two assists. He is very good on the ball, possessing great pace and trickery. He has managed to complete 90 minutes just once, but he grabbed a brace and an assist on that occasion.

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Italian Supreme Court Rejects Juventus Appeal to Have Inter Stripped of 2005/06 Scudetto

?Juventus’ appeal against the 2005/06 Serie A league title being awarded to Inter has been thrown out by the Italian supreme court.

Inter, who had originally finished third that season, were elevated to the status of champions after the punishments meted out to Juventus and AC Milan for their part in the Calciopoli match-fixing scandal – in which Inter were not indicted.

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In 2011, ?Inter were accused by prosecutor Stefano Palazzi of similar offences to the ones which saw ?Juventus relegated, but the statute of limitations had expired so no action could be taken.

According to ?La Gazzetta dello Sport, Juventus’ latest appeal was thrown out by the Supreme Court of Cassation because it would undermine “the principle of autonomy of the national sports system” for an outside court to weigh in on a sporting issue.

The Supreme Court of Cassation does not re-examine the facts of a case, it merely interprets the relevant legislature, and in this case it upheld the earlier verdict that civil courts have no jurisdiction over sporting disputes.

Having previously appealed to the FIGC and the Consiglio di Stato, it would seem that Juventus have no further avenues to pursue and may be forced to drop the case.

The 2005/06 title was one of two that Juventus were stripped of after the Calciopoli investigations. The 2004/05 title was not re-awarded.

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Juventus were demoted to the bottom of Serie A and relegated to Serie B as a result, but they are now back at the top of Italian football, winning the last seven Scudetti.

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Inter Officially Unveil Former Juventus Director Giuseppe Marotta as New CEO of Sport

?Internazionale has officially welcomed former Juventus official Giuseppe Marotta as their new chief executive of sport after spending the last eight years in Turin.

Marotta oversaw great success during his Juve tenure, wining included seven consecutive Serie A titles and making two UEFA Champions League final appearances, before leaving the club in October.


The 61-year-old, who also had a spell at Sampdoria, has already described his move to Inter as ‘an important chapter’ in his career and professional life.

“I am now part of the great Inter,” Marotta said on Thursday.

“I’m very proud and I’m going to have the important role of the CEO of the sports area. It is certainly going to be an important chapter in my professional life and I will have great responsibility, but that doesn’t daunt me.

“It’s the start of a new chapter and it must be one marked by success.”

Inter will hope that Marotta can help guide the club back to its former glories after going seven years without a trophy. That came in the shape of the Coppa Italia in 2011, while Inter haven’t won Serie A or the UEFA Champions League since Jose Mourinho’s remarkable treble in 2010.

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The club crashed out of the Champions League at the group stage this week – their first time in the competition since the 2011/12 campaign – and will continue their continental adventure this season in the Europa League in the new year.

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Inter vs Udinese Preview: How to Watch, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News

?Inter take on Udinese at the San Siro hoping to bounce back from their midweek Champions League draw that saw them exit the competition and drop into the Europa League.

The Nerazzurri are third in Serie A, 12 points adrift of leaders ?Juventus and six points behind second-placed ?Napoli. They will be hoping to get back to winning ways in the league, following a 2-2 draw with Roma and their defeat in the Derby d’Italia to the Bianconeri.


Meanwhile, Udinese hover above the relegation zone in 17th and could drop into the bottom three if they fail to get a point against Inter, and should Bologna earn three points against Milan on Tuesday.


How to Watch

When Is Kick Off? Saturday 15 December
What Time Is Kick Off? 17:00 (BST)
Where Is it Played? San Siro
TV Channel/Live Stream? Eleven Sports 2
Referee? TBC

Radja Nainggolan may return to the starting lineup for Luciano Spalletti’s men. He was on the bench in their draw against PSV Eindhoven, having missed the last two league matches nursing a muscular injury, which ?has constantly halted his development for Inter since arriving in the summer.

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Meanwhile, Dalbert remains out with a leg injury that has seen him miss the last five matches in all competitions.


Predicted Lineups

Inter Handanovi?; D’Ambrosio, De Vrij, Škriniar, Asamoah; Candreva, Brozovi?, Nainggolan; Politano, Icardi, Periši?. 
Udinese Musso; Larsen, Troost-Ekong, Nuytinck; Ter Avest, Fofana, Mandragora, Pezzella; D’Alessandro, De Paul; Lasagna.


Head to Head Record

Inter have won 27 of the 51 encounters previously played, to Udinese’s 14.? ?Il Biscione triumphed 4-0 in the last match, which took place at the Dacia Arena. Andrea Ranocchia, Rafinha, ?Mauro Icardi and Borja Valero all netted on that occasion.


However, Udinese won the last meeting between the two sides contested at the San Siro, a 3-1 victory, which ended the Nerazzurri’s five-match winning run against the Zebrette.


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Inter are winless in their last four matches in all competitions but have an almost-unbeaten record at home this season.

Their defeat in the second league match of the season was the only loss they had suffered at the San Siro this campaign. Since the loss, they are undefeated in their last eight matches.?

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Meanwhile, Udinese are winless in their last two matches in Serie A. They lost last time out at home to Atalanta and were held to a goalless stalemate by Sassuolo away from home.

The Bianconeri Friuliani are also winless in their last four matches on the road and have won just once away from home this campaign: a 2-0 victory against bottom-side Chievo.

Here’s how each team has performed in their last five fixtures:

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Inter 1-1 PSV Eindhoven (11/12) Udinese 1-3 Atalanta (9/12)
Juventus 1-0 Inter (7/12) Sassuolo 0-0 Udinese (2/11)
Roma 2-2 Inter (2/11) Udinese 1-0 Roma (24/11)
Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Inter (28/11) Empoli 2-1 Udinese (11/11)
Inter 3-0 Frosinone (24/11) Udinese 0-1 Milan (4/11)


Prediction

Inter need to make a statement against? Udinese. They have won just one of their last seven matches in all competitions, and a run of four matches without a victory simply isn’t good enough for a club with such a massive status in Europe and Italy.

Udinese won’t come to the San Siro as lambs for the slaughter. They have scored in each of their last four trips to Inter and considering the Nerazzurri have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last four games in all competitions, it suggests that the Zebrette will do so again.

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However, Spalletti’s men may just have too much quality up front with Icardi against the Udine outfit and could edge their opponents.

Prediction: Inter 2 Udinese 1

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Luciano Spalletti Admits ‘Tension and Anxiety’ Harmed Inter After 1-1 PSV Draw & UCL Elimination

?Inter manager Luciano Spalletti said nerves got the better of his side after the Serie A side drew 1-1 with PSV on Tuesday, resulting in their elimination from the Champions League.

The Nerazzurri exited Europe’s elite club competition after Lucas Moura scored a late equaliser against Barcelona, with Inter needing to better Tottenham’s result to qualify as runners up in Group B.

Hirving Lozano’s opener in the 13th minute was cancelled out by Mauro Icardi’s second half effort, but Inter could not force a late winner and will now play the rest of their European football this season in the Europa League after Spurs’ 1-1 draw in Catalonia.

??Speaking to Sky Italia as quoted by ?Goal, Spalletti admitted his side did not deal with the pressure of the situation.

He said: “We were unable to keep our calm, despite the fact everything was still possible. We gave the ball away, were tactically not organised and PSV were allowed some dangerous counter-attacks.

“As the anxiety grows, you lose sight of how to control the game and it became end to end. We had our chances to score, but it wasn’t the right attitude we needed in that moment.

“Not every team can beat anyone. This does weigh on our psychology and we had to keep the game in the balance, but we became too frenetic after going a goal behind.”

Spalletti also revealed he wanted the score from Camp Nou announced during the game at San Siro.

He added: “Naturally, the crowd cheers and the players look around to see what happened. UEFA asked if I wanted to have the results from elsewhere pop up on the screen and I said yes. A team like ?Inter needs the mental strength to handle that situation.

“It’s not one player who can change the overall attitude of a team, it’s a much bigger picture. We must do everything together, as it’s the only play to play like a unit.

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“It’s easy to look back and say there are moments when we could’ve done better, but once again we let the tension get to us and didn’t handle the situation well.

“There is disappointment, the same as any other club that goes out of the ?Champions League.”

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