Date Set for Highly Anticipated Milan Derby After Fixture Delayed by Astori Tragedy

Serie A have officially set a date for the highly anticipated Derby della Madonnina – more commonly known as the Milan Derby – after the original game was postponed following the sudden death of Fiorentina’s captain, Davide Astori.

The two sides have already met on two occasions this season. Mauro Icardi was Inter’s star man during their 3-2 league victory over their city rivals, while the Rossoneri’s Patrick Cutrone settled a Coppa Italia meeting in December.

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After some recent uncertainty surrounding when the postponed fixture would take place, it has been confirmed by Italian outlet La Gazzetta dello Sport that the Milan derby will take place on April 4.

The game will kick off at 6:30pm (CET) on Wednesday, and AC Milan will be the home side for the fixture despite both sides sharing the San Siro.

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Both teams face trips to Turin either side of the erby. Gennaro Gattuso’s side are on the road to Juventus just days before their game against Inter, while the Nerazzurri will take on Torino the following week.

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Gigi Buffon Returns to Italian Squad After Being Called Up for Argentina & England Friendlies

Interim Italy boss Gigi Di Biagio has named his squad to face Argentina and England in upcoming friendlies. 

The Azzurri, who won’t be participating in this year’s World Cup following their failure to qualify, but they will be in action later this month as they look to refocus for Euro 2020 qualifying.

The manager must have been pleased to be able to recall Juventus stopper Gianluigi Buffon, who had announced his retirement from international football last year.

Mattia de Sciglio, Giorgio Chiellini and Daniele Rugani were also summoned from Juve, while AC Milan forward Patrick Cultrone received his first international call-up and will be joined by Rosonerri teammates Giacomo Bonaventura, Leonardo Bonucci and Gianluigi Donnarumma.


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Inter’s Roberto Gagliardini and Antonio Candreva have also made the squad, with Chelsea’s Davide Zappacosta getting the nod as well, despite being used sparingly by Antonio Conte this season.

Milan defender Alessio Romagnoli was surprisingly left out, but Sky Italia have indicated that the player isn’t at full fitness at the moment.

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Sampdoria vs Inter Preview: Classic Encounter, Key Battle, Team News and More

?Inter will be hoping to keep the pressure on those above them in the top four places in Serie A by beating a Sampdoria side who sit just two places below them and eight points behind.

The Nerazzurri sit just one point behind fourth place Lazio with a game in hand and need to pick up three points to keep their hopes of Champions League football next season alive.

Here is everything you need to know before Sunday’s game.

Classic Encounter


These two teams played out a classic when they met earlier on in the season, with Inter edging it 3-2 after a late Sampdoria fight back.

The hosts looked to be in total control after Milan Skriniar and a Mauro Icardi double put them 3-0 to the good with just over 50 minutes gone.

However, two late goals from Sampdoria made for nervous ending for Inter, but they held on for a win that put them top of Serie A after 10 games.

Key Battle

Fabio Quagliarella vs Milan Skriniar

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The 35-year-old striker has been on fire for Sampdoria this season and will fancy his chances against the fairly inexperienced Milan Skriniar.

Quagliarella has scored a remarkable 17 goals in 26 appearances in Serie A this season, registering five assists as well. He is one of the top scorers in the league and will be one to watch for sure.

His years of experience may give him the edge over Skriniar, who is just 23. He will not have the same understanding of the game that the Italian does.

If Inter can stop Quagliarella, they are likely to stop Sampdoria.

Team News

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Inter go into the game fairly injury free with Andrea Ranocchia the only injury concern. The Italian centre back is suffering from a thigh injury and is unlikely to return to the side on Sunday.

Sampdoria on the other hand will be sweating over the fitness of multiple first team players. Bartosz Bereszynski is a doubt with a leg injury but may return to the bench, whilst first choice goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano is also a doubt with a back injury.

Midfielder Karol Linetty will miss the game as he serves a one match suspension.

Potential Sampdoria lineup: Viviano, Sala, Silvestre, Ferrari, Murru, Terreira, Barreto, Praet, Ramirez, Quagliarella, Caprari

Potential Inter lineup: Handanovic, Cancelo, Skriniar, Miranda, D’Ambrosio, Gagliardini, Brozovic, Candreva, Perisic, Rafinha, Icardi


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Although Sampdoria possess a serious threat going forward in the form of Quagliarella, Inter will be confident that they have enough experience at the back to keep him quiet.
They will be hoping that captain Mauro Icardi can continue his goal-scoring form and fire Inter to victory.
Prediction: Sampdoria 1-2 Inter


Inter Close to Reaching Agreement Over Transfer of Coveted Lazio Star Stefan de Vrij

?Internazionale are in the advanced stages of reaching an agreement with Lazio over the transfer of defender Stefan de Vrij.

Apparently the club are working ‘meticulously’ to add quality to their squad ahead of next season, but for as little money as possible.


According to Gazzetta dello Sport, as quoted by ?Sempre Inter: “Stefan De Vrij and Inter have reportedly finalised an agreement and the deposition of the contract is down to the last details.”

Should things go through as expected then Inter will have secured themselves a top defender. The Dutchman is highly coveted and has been ?linked with a host of other European clubs such as Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United and Barcelona.

The Nerazzurri are also after a new left back for next season. The club have been keeping a close eye on Zenit star Domenico Criscito but have also identified Juventus fringe player Kwadwo Asamoah as an alternative signing in case Criscito joins another interested party in Genoa.


The Ghanaian is understood to be willing to sit down and talk about signing a new deal with the Old Lady, but Inter are ready to swoop if they need to; they would likely be able to offer the player a better chance of regular game time.

It could be that Inter make a grand return to the Champions League next season and will need to add quality over the summer to prepare themselves if they qualify. They currently sit fifth in Serie A, just four points behind third placed Roma who have played a game more.

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Man Utd & Liverpool Handed Huge Boost in Pursuit of Lazio Star As Inter ‘Cannot Confirm Deal’

Premier League duo Manchester United and Liverpool have been handed boosts in their pursuits of Roma centre back ?Stefan de Vrij after it emerged that – contrary to reports in Italy – Inter have not secured a pre-contract arrangement with the player. 

Inter tried to sign De? Vrij in January but a deal collapsed over owner Suning’s desire to slow the negotiations down. The Lazio defender will be out of contract in the summer and, with under six months left on his contract, is allowed to listen to summer offers. 

“I cannot confirm something like that,” Piero Ausilio told Mediaset (via Talksport). “I can only talk about Inter and our players.”

Both Manchester United and Liverpool are reportedly interested in signing the Dutchman on a free in the summer. 

De Vrij could partner up with compatriot Virgil van Dijk in the centre of the Reds’ defence should he move to Anfield. At Old Trafford, centre backs Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof have all struggled for form this season and – with De Vrij set to cost nothing – Mourinho could be tempted into making a move

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The Netherlands international joined Lazio from Eredivisie side Feyenoord in 2014. Since his move to Stadio Olimpico, the centre back has made a total of 83 appearances in which he has scored six goals for the Biancocelesti.

A number of clubs were put on alert when it was announced that he would not extend his stay in Rome. Inter were subsequently rumoured to have agreed a deal for the 26-year-old, a claim which has since been refuted by sporting director Ausilio. 

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