When & Where to Watch Inter’s Players During the International Break

Inter have started the season in fine form, and head into the international break with six wins from seven in Serie A.

Despite losing 2-1 to title rivals Juventus in their most recent game, Inter can go into the break full of confidence, with numerous players earning deserved call-ups from their respective national sides.

Here are the players who are leaving Milan for international football this week.


Nicolo Barella, Cristiano Biraghi & Danilo D’Ambrosio ?(Italy)

Nicolo Barella

Barella and D’Ambrioso have been regulars in Antonio Conte’s side this season, and have earned deserved call-ups. Biraghi has featured once and has an assist to his name, but has warmed the bench for a large portion of the season so far.

Italy’s fixtures look routine on paper, as they face Greece and Liechtenstein, but will need to guard their complacency against two weaker opponents.

?Game Date/Time? ?TV Channel/Live Stream
?Italy vs. Greece ?Saturday, October 12 (19:45) ?Sky Sports Premier League
?Liechtenstein vs. Italy ?Tuesday, October 15 (19:45) ?Sky Sports Football

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Diego Godin & Matias Vecino (Uruguay)

Diego Godin

Diego Godin has started five games for Inter this season, after missing out on the opening day due to a muscle injury. The 33-year-old has a wealth of club and international experience, and captains his country.

Matias Vecino has also made five appearances this season, but has been rotated throughout the opening stages of the season.

Uruguay face Peru twice, both in friendlies. This is the first time that Uruguay and Peru lock horns since their clash in the Copa America, a game which Peru won on penalties.

?Game Date/Time? ?TV Channel/Live Stream
Uruguay vs. Peru ?Saturday, October 12 (00:00) ?N/A
?Peru vs. Uruguay ?Wednesday, October 16 (02:30) ?N/A

Romelu Lukaku (Belgium)

Romelu Lukaku

Lukaku has received mixed reviews since his move from Manchester, but there is no denying that he is prolific for his country. Three goals in seven games for Inter is not a fantastic record, but it is still enough to retain his spot as Belgium’s main forward.

Belgium host San Marino before travelling to Kazakhstan in EURO 2020 qualification Group I, and you would expect Lukaku to score in both fixtures.

?Game ?Date/Time ?TV Channel/Live Stream
?Belgium vs San Marino ?Wednesday, October 10 (19:45) Sky Sports Football?
?Kazakhstan vs Belgium ?Sunday, October 13 (14:00) ?Sky Sports Main Event



Alexis Sanchez (Chile)

Alexis Sanchez

Another player who endured a nightmare stint in Manchester, Conte offered a lifeline to the Chilean.

Although he has not played up to his full potential at club level, he is still regarded as the main man in Chile. He will need to be the Sanchez of old when he travels to Colombia, before Chile welcome Guinea, where the home side are heavy favourites.

?Game ?Date/Time ?TV Channel/Live Stream
?Colombia vs. Chile ?Saturday, October 12 (17:00) ?N/A
Chile vs. Guinea? ?Tuesday, October 15 (17:00) ?N/A

Milan Skriniar (Slovakia)

Milan Skriniar

?The 24-year-old has been an ever-present for Conte this season, and has proved himself as a reliable option at the back. 

He will have to carry his club form onto the international stage, as he faces a tough task against Wales in Group E. The Slovak then faces easier opposition in Paraguay, and a break from European qualifiers.

?Game Date/Time? ?TV Channel/Live Stream
?Slovakia vs Wales ?Thursday, October 10 (19:45) ?Sky Sports Premier League
?Slovakia vs Paraguay ?Sunday, October 13 (19:45) ?N/A

Valentino Lazaro (Austria)

Valentino Lazaro

The Austrian has not featured in Serie A this season, and only played once in the Champions League.

He faces Israel at home, before making the trip to Slovenia. He will be looking to catch the eye of Conte, and prove his worth to both Austria and Inter.

?Game Date/Time? TV Channel/Live Stream?
?Austria vs Israel Thursday, October 10 (19:45)? ?Sky Sports Football
?Slovenia vs Austria ?Sunday, October 13 (19:45) ?Sky Sports Football

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Marcelo Brozovic (Croatia)

Marcelo Brozovic

The 26-year-old has started every game in Serie A this season, and has rightfully retained his spot in the heart of the Croatian midfield.

The World Cup finalist faces Hungary in a crucial European qualifier, before travelling to Wales, who will be looking to resurrect their EURO 2020 qualification bid.

Brozovic will have to be at his best to guard his complacency against two sides, hungry for qualification.

?Game Date/Time? TV Channel/Live Stream?
?Croatia vs. Hungary ?Thursday, October 10 (19:45) ?Sky Sports Football
?Wales vs. Croatia ?Sunday, October 13 (19:45) ?Sky Sports Football

Lautaro Martinez (Argentina)

Lautaro Martinez

Martinez has impressed for Conte’s Inter this season, and appeared in every Serie A game. His fine form has earned the 22-year-old a call-up to the Argentina side, and will be hoping to build on his previous good form for Argentina.

He faces a very tough test against Germany, then travels to Ecuador for a friendly, which should see Martinez gain some further international experience.

?Game ?Date/Time ?TV Channel/Live Stream
?Germany vs. Argentina ?Wednesday, October 9 (19:45) ?N/A
?Ecuador vs. Argentina ?Sunday, October 13 (15:00) ?N/A

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8 Footballers Who Absolutely Have to Host Saturday Night Live

Here’s a fun – and oft’ overlooked – fact: footballers are funny. No, seriously. They’re funny. They’ve got bits. 

Which is why, for the life of me, I can’t understand why not one footballer, not ever, has once hosted the comedic Goliath ‘Saturday Night Live’.

I’d like to rectify this.

So, coming live from my Van Down By the River, Old Prospector’s pickaxe in my right hand, Cowbell in my left, Opera Man wig on my head, El Nino thundering away above it, here are the eight footballers who could, nay should, host SNL. 


James Milner

James Milner

I can see it now. James Milner. Headband on. Deadpanning the audience dry with Norm Macdonald-esque precision.  

Expect plenty of ironing board props etc.

And, yes, you might say that Norm Macdonald coming back to host SNL just 18 months after he was fired from the cast was exactly like Milner leaving Manchester City on a free only to win the Champions League with Liverpool four years later. Exactly like it. 


Michy Batshuayi

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The lights come up. The camera pans across the audience and centres on the incoming Michy Batshuayi, ready for his monologue. The Belgian soaks in the cheers, maybe popping in a Dave Chappelle salute for good measure. He’s confident.

Then, as the crowd dies down, and Batshuayi is about to let rip, two 14-year-old minions join him on stage. They begin frantically pitching him Batman-related jokes. He tweets out the best. Nothing else happens.


Mario Balotelli

Mario Balotelli

‘Ladies and Gentleman, it’s Maarrrriooooo Balo–BANG.’

Fireworks light up Studio 8H. The musicians cower. The audience scream. 

A smirking Balotelli pops his head around a curtain at the back, and bellows:

“HEEEEEREE’S BALO!”

Wrong show, but good effort from the Italian.


Patrice Evra

It’s Patrice Evra, dressed as Hellboy all night, screaming ‘I LOVE THIS SHOW’ and it’s terrible.

Not as bad as Bieber, but still, terrible

Terrible, at least, until he gets his guitar out, and sings a ‘ Lunch Lady Land’ remix all about raw chicken, with cast members pouring onto the stage with poultry placed on their heads, Monica style.


Benjamin Mendy

Benjamin Mendy

The Shark’s coming in – no, he’s not one of Tracy Morgan’s pets – and he’s coming in hot.

I mean Richard Pryor hot. Yeah, Benjamin Mendy is doing a revamped (the racial epithets are 2019 safe, don’t worry) version of that infamous Pryor and Chevy Chase sketch, with Bill Hader as Stefon as Pep Guardiola, and he’s breaking Twitter. 


Peter Crouch

Peter Crouch

After a perfectly fine opening gambit, with lots of moving around a cramped set and hitting his head, the eighth floor of 30 Rock is suddenly transformed into an Ibiza nightclub. 

Peter Crouch emerges from the smoke, microphone in hand, shirt off, pupils big as boulders, and proceeds to belt out every Euro-trash club classic you can think of, alongside bystanders dressed as either giraffes or robots. 

It’s avant-garde, it’s risqué, but it works. 


Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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Zlatan’s opening bit is a graphic one involving sheep and lions. He’s a lion. The rest of the cast are sheep. The cast get Taekwando’d into oblivion. 

His next sketch is an effort at self-lampooning, that backfires as soon as Ibra realises what the writers were trying to do, and kung-fu kicks them into, yes, oblivion. 

And so it goes. Self-aware? Not in the slightest. Funny? Weirdly, yes. 


Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney,Dany Drinkwater

Well, at least Wayne thinks he’s funny. But that’s not why he’s here. You know why he’s here.

Wazza works through the monologue admirably, doling out some mediocre material about Scouse-Washington relations before bringing the house down with some world-class ‘My Wife’ material. A harbinger, of course, to the hilarity that is soon to come.

Because then it happens. The big reveal. Coleen Rooney pops out of a cake that’s been wheeled behind Wazza, phone in hand, puzzled expression on her face. Sherlock Holmes hat on, Columbo jacket around her shoulders, Columbo cigar smouldering in her mouth, she stares at the screen. Waiting.

Then she shrieks. 

“IT’S…….” she says, pausing for, yes, great effect.

And the giddy crowd, who know their role and are only too willing to perform it, scream back in unison: “REBEKAH VARDY!”

Champagne bottles filled with Red Bull erupt around them, ‘ROOOONEEEEEY’ reverberating from every speaker and the show begins. The world was never the same again.


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Inter Provide Injury Update on Stefano Sensi Following Juventus Defeat

Inter have provided a fitness update on the status of midfielder Stefano Sensi, after he was forced to leave the field in the club’s Derby d’Italia clash with Juventus at San Siro. 

Sensi, who has enjoyed an excellent start to his loan spell at the club, sustained a knock after an awkward landing in the 30th minute, and was hauled off just four minutes later.


And now, as revealed by the Nerazzurri themselves in a statement on their official website, it is understood that the Italian has suffered a thigh strain.

The club explained: “Stefano Sensi underwent medical tests this morning at the Humanitas Research Hospital in Rozzano.

“The results showed an elongation of the adductors in his right thigh. The condition of the Nerazzurri midfielder will be reassessed in the coming days.”

Though no time-scale has been offered in regard to his recovery, it is understood that Sensi has been ruled out of international duty with Italy and will remain in Milan over the international break. 

With three goals and four assists from his first seven Serie A games with the Nerazzurri, Antonio Conte was under no illusions as to how important his loss could be. 

Speaking after the 2-1 loss to Maurizio Sarri’s side, as quoted by Sempreinter, Conte admitted:

“We paid for Sensi’s injury the moment he left the pitch because we lost the line; then we didn’t start the second half well even though the match was even, and we could have scored like them.

Stefano Sensi

“They scored, they showed all their heavy artillery and experience in managing the match. I have nothing to say to the guys, who really gave everything. But we, unlike them, have a long way to go in terms of management and experience.”

After losing their 100% record over the weekend, ?Inter will not have a chance to right the ship until October 20th, when they visit – surprise, surprise – Sensi’s parent club Sassuolo.

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Manchester United Set Price Tag for Alexis Sanchez Permanent Exit

?Manchester United will accept offers of £25m for Alexis Sanchez next summer, regardless of how he performs on loan at Inter this season, according to one report.

The Red Devils will apparently not entertain the idea of reintegrating the Chilean at Old Trafford, with the board instead looking to force him out of the club once his temporary move to San Siro is complete. 

A nightmare 18 months preceded the 30-year-old’s switch to Italy, though United continue to pay a considerable whack of his mammoth wages thought to be in the eye-watering region of £500,000-a-week.

Alexis Sanchez,Sergio Busquets

The ?Neraz?zurri secured the services of Sanchez in late August as his employers desperately tried to offload the forward, who has shown glimpses of his former self since donning the famous black and blue stripes.

A ‘source’ from within the ?United camp told the ?Sun: “The plan is to get some money back and use that to pay off most of his contract. There is a hope that he has a good spell at Inter and they, or another club, want to take him off our hands next summer.

“We have a fair valuation as he still has a few good years left in him, based on his age and his strong reputation.”

Sanchez is owed approximately £50m by the Red Devils, given he has three years remaining on his current contract at Old Trafford, with United having to pay a severance package in order to move him on.

Alexis Sanchez

After arriving from ?Arsenal in January 2018 as part of a swap deal involving Henrikh Mkhitaryan, the South American netted just five goals in 45 appearances for the Mancunians, his reputation taking a hefty blow as a result.

Nevertheless, Sanchez is still held in high regard by many clubs on the continent following a successful spell with ?Barcelona. Despite impressing for La Blaugrana, he struggled to secure a starting berth at the Camp Nou, transferring to north London in 2014 for a £32m fee.


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Inter 1-2 Juventus: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Higuain Helps Serie A Champions Lay Down Marker

Juventus laid a marker in the Serie A title race at San Siro with a 2-1 victory over Inter, the visiting side moving top of the table thanks to strikes from Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain.

     

Dybala’s sharp strike caught Samir Handanovic napping in just the fourth minute, but Lautaro Martinez drew the scores level soon after, slamming home a penalty following Matthijs de Ligt’s handball.

However, substitute Higuain settled the contest in the 80th minute, finishing off a flowing move to send Juve above Inter by a point before the international break.

Gonzalo Higuain,Rodrigo Bentancur


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Key Talking Point

I Nerazzurri went into Sunday’s game as one of only two sides in Europe’s top five leagues to have won every game so far this season – Liverpool being the other team.

And while there’s a lot to be excited about in this Inter side, Sunday evening was more about Antonio Conte’s side establishing themselves as proper challengers to Juve after a few false dawns.

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They couldn’t quite do that on Sunday. However, their three centre backs stood up to the threat of Cristiano Ronaldo and Dybala well, even if the former remained incredibly influential throughout the game. 

There are few weaknesses between Stefan de Vrij, Milan Skriniar and Diego Godin – who was later replaced by Italy Under-21 international Alessandro Bastoni – and that defensive trio should only get better as the season goes on.


Player Ratings

Starting XI: Handanovic (6); Skriniar (6), De Vrij (6), Godin (7); D’Ambrosio (7), Barella (5), Brozovic (6), Sensi (5), Asamoah (6); Martinez (8), Lukaku (7).

Substitutes: Vecino (5), Bastoni (5), Politano (5)


??STAR PLAYER – Inter’s fans had a hate-hate relationship with Mauro Icardi before the Argentine departed on loan for Paris Saint-Germain, but in Lautaro Martinez it looks like they have the perfect replacement.

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The 22-year-old is an all-action kind of forward with quick feet, and he gave Juve’s centre backs a few torrid moments with some nifty movement in tight areas. 

His goal count will likely be secondary to Romelu Lukaku’s this season, while Stefano Sensi remains a threat, but his movement and lightning pace will play a major role in Inter’s attack this term.

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Key Talking Point

Whereas ?Inter were looking to show there’s a new player in town eyeing the Italian top flight title, ?Juventus evidently wanted to destroy any whiff of a challenge from Conte’s side.

The way they started, with a goal in the fourth minute, showed they mean business.

Miralem Pjanic,Paulo Dybala,Sami Khedira

The decision to start Paulo Dybala ahead of Gonzalo Higuain was vindicated alarmingly early, with Juve’s front three – bar Federico Bernardeschi, who had no impact during the game – supported well by the midfield trio of Blaise Matuidi, Miralem Pjanic and Sami Khedira. 

That midfield has appeared stale in the past, while Aaron Ramsey has freshened things up during his first handful of games, but Pjanic showed he can provide killer passes with his ball to ?Dybala, while Matuidi and Khedira remain willing runners going forward.

Their depth is unmatched throughout Serie A, with Higuain coming off the bench to score the winner the perfect example, and this latest result shows they remain capable of visiting the tougher stadiums and winning.


Player Ratings

Starting XI: Szczesny (6); Cuadrado (7), Bonucci (6), De Ligt (6), Sandro (7); Khedira (6), Pjanic (7), Matuidi (7); Bernardeschi (5); Ronaldo (8), Dybala (7).

Substitutes: Bentancur (7), Higuain (7), Can (6).


STAR PLAYER – While Inter’s defenders fared reasonably well against Ronaldo during the bulk of the game, the Portugal international remained a threat and came alive in Juve’s attacking moments. 

He was also heavily involved in Higuain’s winner, receiving the ball twice and passing to Rodrigo Bentancur in a sharp phase of play.

Although, it must be said, it wasn’t all love for the Juve striker…


Looking Ahead

Following the international break, Inter visit Sassuolo in Serie A before hosting Borussia Dortmund in another crucial Champions League game.

Fresh from this win, Juventus will face Bologna before another home game, this time in Europe’s elite club competition when Lokomotiv Moscow visit Turin.


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