Jose Mourinho Reveals What He Thinks Caused Alexis Sanchez Woes at Man Utd

Former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has claimed that Alexis Sanchez’s struggles with the Red Devils were largely due to his permanent unhappiness.

After moving to Old Trafford in January 2018 as part of the infamous swap deal which saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan join Arsenal, Sanchez simply could not rediscover his best form and was subsequently shipped out on loan to Inter this summer.

Alexis Sanchez

He went on to claim that a ?lack of consistent game time was to blame for his poor form, but Mourinho told ?The Telegraph that ?Sanchez’s difficulties were more to do with his constant unhappiness.

Mourinho said: “Sanchez… I felt him [to be] not a happy man. And I think in every job you have when you are not happy it is not so easy to perform at every level. And maybe I am wrong. 

“Maybe it was me who was not capable to get into him and to get the best out of him. As a manager sometimes you have the capacity to get the best out of the players and other times you are not successful in that approach. 

“But the reality is that I always felt [of Sanchez], ‘a sad man’. So probably in Italy he will recover this. I hope he can. I always wish well to every player.”

The Chilean managed just five goals in 45 appearances under both Mourinho and current boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but ?Inter manager Antonio Conte is clearly confident that he will be able to get Sanchez out of this slump.

He was an unused substitute in Inter’s 2-1 win over Cagliari before the international break, but will hope to be given a chance to impress when the Nerazzurri face Udinese – Sanchez’s former side – on Saturday.

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Max Allegri Insists He ‘Doesn’t Regret’ Leaving Juventus & Says Inter Can Win Serie A This Season

Former Juventus manager Max Allegri has insisted he has no regrets about stepping down this summer, while boldly claiming that Inter can upset the apple-cart and pip his former employers to the Serie A title this season. 

Shortly after watching CEO Beppe Marotta swap Juve for Inter in late 2018, Allegri made the decision to step down after five successful seasons in charge, which yielded five Scudetti and four Coppa Italia – although the Champions League proved elusive throughout his tenure. 

Massimiliano Allegri

Having taken a break from work since calling time, Allegri has said he stands by the decision, and that his relationship with current president Andrea Agnelli remains intact despite it.

?“I absolutely don’t regret the decision I made with ?Juventus, things mustn’t be forced,” the 52-year-old told Italian TV, as per ?Football Italia

“After five years, it was time to take a break. Perhaps the president had understood that before me.

“I still have a good relationship with Agnelli. We also spent some time together over the summer.

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“He’s a young man with great views on European football. He’s doing everything he can to improve Italian football.”

With Juve transitioning into the Maurizio Sarri era and Inter looking strong under the Marotta-Antonio Conte regime, many have suggested that the Turin giants’ stranglehold over Italian football could come to an end.

Both sides have kicked the ?Serie A season off with consecutive wins, although Inter’s superior goal difference has them on top momentarily. And while that means very little at this early stage, Allegri reckons it’s a position they can hold. 

Romelu Lukaku

“I won both with him [Marotta] and without him at Juve. He’s built a strong team at ?Inter and he made weighty choice with Conte. 

“They can win the Scudetto.”

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Romelu Lukaku Reveals Why Inter Is the Best Club for Him & Opens Up on Man Utd Departure

Romelu Lukaku has opened up about his problems in the build-up to his departure from Manchester United, and why he feels Inter are the best club for him to recapture his form.

The Belgian has notched two goals in his first two Serie A games for Antonio Conte’s side, with many tipping I Nerazzurri to challenge Juventus for the Italian top flight title.

Lukaku was speaking to ESPN when he revealed: “This could be the team I need. There’s the love I have for this area. The love that I have for Inter. And it was the perfect moment for me to leave England. I didn’t want to be there anymore.”

Romelu Lukaku

By the end of his tenure in England, Lukaku was receiving a fair bit of abuse for his performances and fitness, but it is now understood that a gastrointestinal problem was hampering his progress.

Upon his arrival, Antonio Conte had this issue checked out, as Lukaku explained: “Normally I have a fine digestive system. I digest everything very quickly. That’s how it had been my entire life. But what the nutritionist said to me was, it had stopped working.”

A diet of ‘mainly fish, sweet potatoes, shiitake pasta, and cooked and raw vegetables’ was prescribed, and the forward lost almost 4.5kg in 12 days.

“I’m good now,” he clarified. “My body is in the zone.”

Asked about how he felt during the latter stages of his time at United, he declared: “Scapegoated. Meaning ‘You. Are. The. Reason’.”

On this feeling, ex-United teammate and fellow Inter newbie Alexis Sanchez, who has described Lukaku’s talents as one-of-a-kind, explained: “Lukaku and I trained very well. But we needed to play more in games to get to our best.


“It wasn’t the right time for us to be at Manchester. Too many changes. When you change that much, it’s tough.”

Returning to his present surroundings, Lukaku, whose love affair with Inter began with the 1998 UEFA Cup final, the first final he can remember watching, admitted: “This group of players we have here is a special group. And we have the right leader in front of us to take us to the right places.”

That man is of course Antonio Conte, and Lukaku added: “The guy can make a team. It’s already like the guys have been there for many, many years together, even the ones who just arrived. It’s the strangest thing.

“Inter is an ambitious club. It wants to get back where it needs to be. I want to help them build something here. It’s the right move for me.”

Romelu Lukaku

In preparation for the move, the forward learned Italian extensively, and he has insisted upon speaking to his teammates in the language, and vice-versa. This has undoubtedly aided his adaptation.

“They embraced me and I embraced them,” he added. “It’s like I’ve been part of it for many months.”

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Inter Manager Antonio Conte Revealed as Serie A’s Highest Paid Manager Ever

?Antonio Conte has become Serie A’s highest paid manager ever since taking over a Internazionale in the summer.

The Italian was sacked by Chelsea in July of last year after leading the club to the Premier League title in his first season in charge, before guiding the Blues to a FA Cup trophy the season after, which proved to be his final match in charge.


After a year away from the game, Conte eventually returned to his native Italy to take the reins at ?Inter, after they relieved Luciano Spalletti of his duties at the end of last season. Now, as relayed by ?Football Italia in findings from La Gazzetta dello Sport, it has been revealed that the 50-year-old has become the highest paid manager in the history of ?Serie A with earnings of €11m annually.

To put those figures into context, that is more than double the salary ?Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri earns, which sits as €5.5m-per-year. Third in the list is ?SSC Napoli manager Carlo Ancelotti with a yearly salary of €5m, while Sinisa Mihajlovic and Paulo Fonseca, of Bologna and Roma respectively, scoop €3m.

By contrast, the lowest earning manager in the division is Igor Tudor, who only takes home €500,000 per year plus bonuses as coach of Udinese.

Maurizio Sarri,Antonio Conte

Inter will be hoping such a significant wage outlay will bear fruit, as they look to launch an assault on the Serie A title and domestic competitions, as well as compete in the ?Champions League.

With two wins from their opening two league fixtures, Conte appears to be handling the position well, as victories over Lecce and Cagliari have catapulted the Nerazzurri to the top of Serie A, albeit with the new season only in its infancy.

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

?Internazionale will be hoping to make it three wins from three when Udinese visit the San Siro on Saturday. 

It’s been a good start to life under Antonio Conte. He began his Inter reign with a resounding 4-0 win over Serie A new-boys Lecce, before earning a solid 2-1 win away at Cagliari the following week. 

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Over at Udinese, it’s been a mixed bag. I Friulani began the season with a quality performance and a good 1-0 win against Milan, but fell to a disappointing 3-1 defeat at home to Parma seven days later. 

Check out 90min’s preview of Saturday’s clash below. 


Where to Watch

?When Is Kick-Off? ?Saturday 14 September
?What Time Is Kick-Off? ?19:45 (BST)
?Where Is It Played? ?San Siro
?TV Channel/Live Stream? ?Premier Sports 1, Premier Player


Where to Buy Tickets

Tickets for the game are now sold out on both teams’ official club websites. However, in terms of resale, both sides provide the option to make season tickets available for other to use, if a supporter is unable to attend the match themselves.


Team News

?Alexis Sanchez could be in line to make his ?In?ter debut against his former club, while Diego Godin may earn his first start with the Nerazzurri. Stefan de Vrij is also expected to be available after sitting out Inter’s first two games with a muscle problem.

Udinese should have a full squad at their disposal ahead of their trip to Milan. 


Predicted Lineups

Internazionale? Handanovic; Skriniar, Godin, Ranocchia; Candreva, Sensi, Vecino, Brozovic, Asamoah; Lukaku, Martinez.
?Udinese ?Musso; Troost-Ekong, Becao, Samir; Stryger Larsen, Mandragora, de Paul, Jajalo, Sema; Lasagna, Pussetto.

Head to Head Record

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Inter vs. Udinese has been a regular fixture in ?Serie A for over 20 years, with the two sides facing each other 48 times since I Friulani’s return to the top flight in 1995. 

Their last meeting back in April ended with a 0-0 draw, with Inter narrowly beating Udinese 1-0 in the reverse fixture. Out of their last five meetings, I Nerazzuri have won three, while I Friuliani have only won once – a 3-1 victory at the San Siro back in 2017.


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As previously mentioned, Inter have enjoyed good start to the season, currently maintaining a 100% win record in Serie A. Conte will be expecting another victory from his boys as they face mid-table opposition back at the San Siro.

Udinese would’ve been pleased with that home win over ?Milan on their opening day, proving why they shouldn’t be marked down as relegation candidates. All that goodwill was undone, however, when they shipped three goals the following week to Parma, a side I Friulani would probably consider their equal. 

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?Cagliari 1-2 Internazionale (1/9) ?Udinese 2-0 Pordenone (6/9)
Internazionale 4-1 Internazionale Primavera (27/8) ?Udinese 1-3 Parma (1/9)
?Internazionale 4-0 Lecce (26/8) ?Udinese 1-0 Milan (25/8)
?Internazionale 2-0 Gozzano (18/8) ?Udinese 9-2 San Luigi (12/8)
?Internazionale 8-0 Virtus Bergamo (11/8) ?Besiktas 0-2 Udinese (2/8)

Prediction

Romelu Lukaku

Inter seem unlikely to suffer the same fate as their city rivals, especially at their own stadium. With two wins on the trot, they’ll be full of confidence and should prove to be too much for an inferior opposition. 

Prediction: Inter 3-0 Udinese 

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