Inter Boss Luciano Spalletti Says His Side Must ‘Look Forward’ After Win Over Verona

?Inter coach Luciano Spalletti has insisted that his side must continue to “look forward” after Monday night’s 2-1 victory over Verona.

Goals from Borja Valero and Ivan Perisic, either side of a Giampaolo Pazzini penalty, were enough to take the Nerazzurri to within two points of league leaders Napoli.

Victory maintained Inter’s unbeaten start to the season and confirmed the club’s record points total at this stage of a Serie A season, but Spalletti has stressed that there is more work to do.

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“To be a record-breaking side doesn’t have a particular impact. We wrote a line in the history of Inter but now we’re looking forward.” Spalletti said, quoted by ?Goal.

“This tunnel will continue until June, and then we will see the light.

“The team played a great match [against Verona] in every respect, but every now and then we play slowly and we leave spaces when we do not have to. We deservedly won, though.

“If we had not won the match, and Roma had played their [postponed match in September] against Sampdoria and won, we would be out of the Champions League places.

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“All teams are in there fighting, I’m thinking of teams like Milan who will come back and Lazio who have the quality to stay up there. Everything can change in one moment.”

Inter, having climbed to second in Serie A, will host Torino in their next league outing.

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Verona 1-2 Inter: Nerazzurri Edge Past Lowly Verona to Close the Gap on Serie A Leaders Napoli

?Inter edged past lowly Verona to move within two points of Serie A leaders Napoli and maintain their unbeaten start to the league season.

The Nerazzurri were not particularly free-flowing in Veneto, but goals from Borja Valero and Ivan Perisic, either side of a Giampaolo Pazzini penalty, were enough to secure another victory.

Inter’s impressive start to the season was maintained with the win, while Verona continue to languish in 19th place.

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Inter began the game with all the confidence and swagger of a side yet to taste defeat in Serie A, controlling possession and asking questions of Verona’s vulnerable defence.

But the hosts contained much of the early pressure and soon offered an attacking threat of their own, buoyed by the raucous supporters at the Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi. Clear chances had been lacking for either side – long range efforts, many of which were blocked, were a feature of a somewhat tentative first-half. 

With 36 minutes played, though, Inter were in front, Valero meeting a superb, curling Antonio Candreva cross to cushion home a volley from close range.

The goal came with the game in something of a lull, but it placed the visitors firmly in command when it had seemed like the first 45 minutes might remain goalless and fairly insipid.

Inter went in search for a second goal to put the game beyond Verona after the break, although a mistake from Samir Handanovi? just before the hour mark led to voracious appeals for a penalty, which at first appeared to have been unsuccessful. But VAR was called upon and – as is becoming routine in Serie A – led to the dramatic awarding of a spot-kick, after a prolonged delay.

Pazzini, on as a substitute and with his first touch, clinically dispatched the penalty to level the scores.

Parity did not last long, however. Fewer than ten minutes later, Perisic followed up a half-cleared corner and drilled a powerful shot past the helpless Nicolas Andrade.

The home side had commendably fought to stay within reach of Luciano Spalletti’s high-flying outfit, but it seemed that another equaliser might be beyond their reach.

Inter had at times been uncharacteristically ragged, perhaps even slightly complacent, and there were moments of concern as the game reached its latter stages. But they did enough to keep their pugnacious opposition at bay in the final stages and record another important victory.

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7 of the Best Serie A Players You’ve Probably Never Heard of…

Now that Serie A seems to have regained some of the popularity that had been lost in the past ten years, more and more high-quality players are being developed in Italy, joining the top-class clubs but also climbing through ranks from the very bottom. 

Napoli, Inter and Juventus have placed their most promising stars in mid-table teams to let them mature before taking them back on board. 

Meanwhile, other outfits, like Atalanta and Fiorentina have managed to sign talents from around the world and are now enjoying the results. 

Here are seven Serie A names that you will soon read more about in the news (for the right reasons)…

8. Federico Chiesa (Fiorentina)

The son of legendary Parma and Fiorentina forward Enrico Chiesa, 20-year-old Federico was under the spotlight this summer after his outstanding performances with Italy at the Under 21 European Championship. 

The young midfielder was close to signing a contract with AC Milan, but has, in the end, chosen to remain with Fiorentina, where he’s started the season magnificently.

Being young and inexperienced with top-level football allows him to play freely and often boldly, which, some times, might prove costly in the long run. However, a bit of discipline and training with the leading players in Serie A will allow him to improve. 

7. Roberto Inglese (Chievo)

Chievo only managed to secure the services of the 25-year-old striker until the end of the season, as Inglese, who stunned Serie A fans in recent years as a Carpi player, has agreed to join Napoli. 

The Italian ace is expected to move to Napoli in June, however, according to recent rumours he might be ready for a departure from Chievo in January. 

Having netted four times in ten games, his technical abilities did not go unseen. Italy boss Giampiero Ventura, in fact, requested his presence for Italy’s World Cup qualifier against Albania, although he eventually chose to keep him on the bench. 

Inglese has a particularly exciting future ahead of him and will soon be able to play with Napoli stars Insigne, Mertens and Callejon. 

6. Federico Mattiello (SPAL)

Despite losing 4-1 to Juventus in Serie A’s midweek match, Federico Mattiello’s sorrows with SPAL could be ending soon in favour of a switch to the Turin side. 

Young and talented, the 22-year-old right-back has grown and matured within Juventus’ youth team and has been sent to SPAL this season with a view to return when ready. 

In the past few years – which he spent with Chievo on a loan – he failed to impress due to several injuries, but has recently reclaimed his place at both Juventus and SPAL. 

The defender has a particular attachment towards Bianconeri boss Massimiliano Allegri, who was among the first ones to notice his skills and encouraged him to go out on loans to improve his performances. 

5. Leonardo Spinazzola (Atalanta)

Like Mattiello, Leonardo Spinazzola is another product of Juventus’ youth team to have profited from playing in Serie A with a mid-table squad. 

Not only did he manage to play well, providing five assists last season and superbly covering the left-hand side of the pitch, but has also contributed to turning Atalanta into a formidable team. 

The Bergamo side are currently ninth in the table though keep on posing threats to clubs like Juventus and Fiorentina, in addition to doing an impressive job in Europa League. Spinazzola fits perfectly in the ranks of this team, pushing his teammates forward and defending when necessary. 

4. Lucas Torreira (Sampdoria)

In his second season with Sampdoria, Uruguayan Lucas Torreira has become an asset for Giampaolo, an impeccable midfielder and one of the most targeted players in Serie A – but not only by clubs looking for a transfer. 

Several teams, such as Inter, Roma and Atletico, have already shown interest in the 21-year-old, who, according to president Ferrero, is worth €25m. 

Meanwhile, on the pitch, Torreira has become one of the most targeted players of the league – having suffered 28 fouls in the first eight matches – a figure that should prove how intimidating this youngster is. 

He is working hard to gain his place in the Uruguayan national team, and his efforts seem to be paying off. Last week, when news that he had not been called up for duty Uruguay fans loudly contested manager Oscar Tabarez’s choice to exclude him. 

3. German Pezzella (Fiorentina)

During the summer window, Fiorentina had to sell most of their best players to their competitors due to financial reasons, sending away Borja Valero, Bernardeschi and Kalinic. 

However, they were lucky to find in young Argentine centre-back German Pezzella a great player, technically impeccable and with a strong sense of sacrifice. 

He is silently becoming the leader of Fiorentina who, at the beginning of the season, had very few chances to do well and are now seventh place in Serie A.  

2. Mattia Caldara (Atalanta)

Mattia Caldara was the protagonist of a more than impressive season last year, proving crucial in several of Atalanta’s games including the autumn wins against Roma and Napoli. 

This Italian talent is on-loan from Juventus and has recently signed a new contract with the Turin side and be re-joining them at the end of the 2017/18 after six years with the Bergamo side where he started out as a youth promising player. 

The 23-year-old full-back has proved to be effective both when defending and assisting his team going forward finding the back of the net last year seven times in 30 games. 

1. Remo Freuler (Atalanta)

In case you didn’t notice, Atalanta have the biggest range of talented youngsters, who will no doubt become Serie A stars. 

With Remo Freuler, a 25-year-old Swiss midfielder, the Bergamo side have found creativity and precision, two characteristics that were missing a few years ago both in the league and in Europe, where he is proving particularly successful. 

Having already scored three goals and provided three assists in all competitions this year, Remo Freuler is the kind of midfielder who usually plays in the shadow of Papu Gomez and Ilicic, but when he’s not featured his absence is often crucial and costly.

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Inter Working on Deal to Sign Jiangsu Suning Midfielder Ramires Ahead of Transfer January

?Inter are working on a deal to bring Jiangsu Suning midfielder Ramires to the club in the January transfer window.

According to Gazzetta dello Sport – via ?Football Italia – Inter technical coordinator Walter Sabatini is set to travel to China on Tuesday in an attempt to conclude negotiations.

Sabatini will reportedly meet with Suning Group owner Zhang Jindong, who has control over both Inter and Jiangsu.

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The Serie A club are believed to have limited funds to spend in the upcoming transfer window, but are not willing to sell players to free up their budget.

Ramires, who joined Jiangsu after six years with Chelsea in the Premier League, is currently sidelined with a knee injury.

The Chinese club have previously branded reports that the Brazilian midfielder is set to join Inter as ‘nonsense.’

But La Gazzetta claim he is close to a recovery and that Sabatini “will try to get the job done”, with a six-month loan the most likely agreement.

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Ramires’ agent, Luis Carlini, revealed earlier this month that there were a number of clubs  interested in the 30-year-old.

“Three of the top 10 clubs in the world have moved in a formal way, but I can’t say more than that,” he said.

“Interest is one thing, formalising it is another. Ramires wouldn’t come cheap, he’s an important player for [Fabio] Capello.

“For a deal to get over the line there has to be agreement between all parties. There’s still a bit of time until the January transfer window, but it’s logical there are already contacts.” 

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Inter Star Mauro Icardi’s Wife Set to Go to Court With Ex-Husband and Udinese Striker Maxi Lopez

?Wanda Nara – the wife of Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi – is set to be sued by ex-husband and current Udinese hitman Maxi Lopez, after rumours surfaced that she allegedly posted his mobile phone number on social media.

The pair are now set for a fierce court dispute – and not for the first time – following their divorce back in 2013 after Nara began seeing Lopez’s former teammate, Icardi.

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Now, according to reports surfaced by ?The Sun, Lopez – who played with Icardi at Sampdoria – has filed a lawsuit against Nara for what he claims was an act of “revenge” used to damage his “reputation”, by supposedly posting not just his phone number, but various other pieces of personal information on social media.

However, Nara’s legal team have denied Lopez’s claims and were quick to point out that Lopez is currently involved in a range of separate court cases regarding child support.

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Reported by ?The Sun, Nara’s legal representative said: “Wanda Nara is absolutely convinced that she can prove her innocence. On the contrary, it’s worth noting that Maxi Lopez is involved, both in Italy and Argentina, in numerous court cases.

“Wanda Nara has made numerous charges against Lopez for failing to pay maintenance for their children since January 2017 for a total figure of over €130,000. The only victims of Lopez’s behaviour are his children and Nara, who is only guilty of trying to guarantee the rights of her children are respected.

“We have no doubt that any action taken by Lopez represents exclusively the vain and desperate attempt to not pay the sum the law stated he must give towards his family.”

The court case is set to take place in Milan on the 22nd November.

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