Inter Milan Boss Spalletti States His Side Must Emulate Past Scudetto Winners to Achieve Success

?Inter Milan boss Luciano Spalletti has stated that his side need emulate the mentality of those who have lifted the Scudetto in the past if they are to achieve their aims this season, following the Black and Blues’ 1-0 win over a dogged Genoa at San Siro on Sunday afternoon. 

The 58-year-old saw defender Danilo D’Ambrosio net the only goal of the game inside the final five minutes, which was enough to secure all three points for the third-place Serie A outfit. 

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The 29-year-old full-back’s header from second-half substitute Joao Mario’s corner sparked relief inside the 80,000 capacity stadium; however, even though the Cherished One’s possess great strength and presence in the air, it was the first time the Lombardy side had really tested the Red and Blues’ aerial resolve – something that Spalletti is keen to address. 

“Genoa did well and they tried to make us win via a set-piece”, the Italian manager told the club’s ?official website following the final whistle. 

“We have a physical squad who are good at heading, therefore we must also consider set-pieces as an important option for us, one of our qualities. Today we won the match thanks to a situation like this.”

Inter struggled to break down their well organised opponents for the most part, and Spalletti believes his team did not show the creative flair or composure that had been witnessed in the Black and Blues’ opening four Serie A victories this season. 

“We passed the ball around too slowly but the lads played as a team,” the Certaldo-born man said. 

“They shown the right intentions and played in an ordered manner. They closed us down well and had players running at us, therefore we did well not to give hardly anything away. 

“Obviously we should have done something more when playing in and around area, using more creativity and inventiveness. We must be more unpredictable when in possession, creating space and pushing forwards.”

The win sees Inter keep pace with current league leaders Napoli and Juventus, and in order for the Milan side to achieve their goals this season Spalletti knows his squad must emulate the togetherness, mental strength and winning mentality that other Scudetto-lifters have shown in the past. 

“We are Inter and for this reason we must be looking to surpass our limits,” the former midfielder concluded. 

“The crowd are helping us. They want us to do well and we are doing our utmost to try and repay their faith. 

“We must create a mentality and spirit that helps us think we can do it. Demonstrating the same attitude that was shown by teams who’ve enjoyed success in years gone by.”

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Inter 1-0 Genoa: Nerazzurri Leave it Late to Snatch Vital Win Against Dogged Genoa at San Siro

Inter Milan kept tabs on the early Scudetto pace setters Napoli and Juventus with a 1-0 win over nine-man Genoa thanks to a late header from Danilo D’Ambrosio, which extended the Black and Blues’ impressive unbeaten record over their opponents to 12 games at San Siro. 

It looked as though the lacklustre Cherished Ones were going to have to settle for a point following a below-par display, however an actioned packed final few moments, which resulted in the match-winning goal and debutant Stephane Omeonga and Adel Taarabt both seeing red for separate incidents, meant the Serie A giants stay third in the table.

The hosts almost secured the perfect start as Dalbret Estevao found some space down the right-hand side inside the opening minute before whipping in a teasing ball which eventually found its way through to Ivan Perisic on the edge of the area. 

The 28-year-old’s heavy chested touch lofted the ball into the air, but a speculative twisting volley came inches away from nestling into Mattia Perin’s top right-hand corner, however only skimmed the roof of the net on its way behind. 

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But for the remainder of the half Inter struggled to implement any sort of tempo or impact into the game, with the visitors quite happy to soak up the pressure before using their minimal possession to create half-chances. 

However, the Red and Blues were left kicking themselves five minutes before break as Davide Biraschi floated an inviting cross in behind the Inter defence into the path of Pietro Pellegri, but the youngster wasn’t able to get enough purchase on his diving header and the ball drifted harmlessly wide. 

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Genoa continued to enjoy their first spell of dominance as the final moments of the first half ticked by, and Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic was the only thing that came between the visitors and the lead after the custodian produced a superb diving save which denied a long-range blockbuster from Taarabt. 

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However, as the first 45 entered its final additional minute it was the home side’s turn to almost break the deadlock, with Marcelo Brozovic picking up a loose ball on the edge of area before cannoning his attempt goal-wards – only for the beautifully struck shot to rebound away from Perin’s left-hand upright.   

Similar to the first half, the opening minute of the second provided a real goal threat, but this time it was the visitors whose attempt was inches away from notching the opener. 

Smart work from debutant Omeonga on the right-hand side allowed the 21-year-old to deliver a deep ball which was met on the volley by Diego Laxalt, but the Uruguayan could not divert his wickedly-struck effort on target. 

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Again similarly to the opening 45 minutes, the majority of the half was one where any real skill or quality was hard to come by, however with less than five minutes remaining D’Ambrosio was on hand to turn in substitute Joao Mario’s corner at the far post – sparking scenes of relief throughout the majority of San Siro. 

Unfortunately the pain for Genoa, who had given an excellent account of themselves up until this point, didn’t stop there, as both Omeonga and Taarabt were shown straight red cards on separate occasions for a last-man professional foul and a two-footed lunge respectively

However, the win for Inter keeps them third in the table, now just two points behind leading pack Juventus and Napoli with a extremely winnable trip to Benevento up next for Luciano Spalletti’s men. 

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Arsenal Look Set for Swap Deal With Inter Milan Involving Gunners’ Wantaway Forward

Inter Milan are preparing a January swap with Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil?, with the German international set to leave the Emirates Stadium after his contract talks breaking down, according to ?transfermarketweb.com. 

It is reported that the 28-year-old was expecting his new deal, which would keep him with the Gunners past the end of this season when his current agreement expires, would be to a similar level of teammate Alexis Sanchez’s demands of around £400,000 per week. 

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However, according to the report, the north London hierarchy and boss Arsene Wenger are now resigned to the fact they will lose the World Cup winner this summer for free, after being unable to come to a successful conclusion. 

But Inter Milan are set to wade in before then and snap-up the attacking-minded playmaker early next year, with the Black and Blues keen to orchestrate a swap deal with Arsenal which also includes midfielder Joao Mario. 

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The Serie A giants have been unimpressed with the Portuguese man’s recent form and are looking to freshen things up in the middle of the park. 

Any deal where the Gunners benefit either financially, or otherwise, will be appealing to those high up at the Emirates Stadium, considering Ozil will be a free agent when the curtain falls on this campaign. 

However, even though the former Real Madrid man has been heavily criticised for a number of his performances during his time in the Premier League, it would be difficult to see a positive for Arsenal if both the chance creator and Sanchez were to depart within the same term. 

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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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  • 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

  • Vecino

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  • Valero

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  • Candreva

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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

  • João Mário

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  • Icardi

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  • Perisic

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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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