Picking the Best Potential Inter Lineup to Face Sampdoria in Serie A on Saturday

Inter travel to face Sampdoria in Serie A on Saturday with Luciano Spalletti’s side looking to kickstart their domestic campaign, following a slow start in the league which has seen the Nerazzurri lose two of their first four matches.

The Milanese giants’ 2-1 Champions League win over Tottenham in midweek was a much-needed boost for Spalletti’s struggling side, and Inter will be looking to use their European success as a springboard to launch a more positive vein of form in Serie A.

A trip to the high-flying Sampdoria is by no means an easy assignment, however, and Inter will need Mauro Icardi and co. to be on form on Saturday if they are to continue to build on their midweek heroics in the league. A strong attacking side will be required to take on an in-form Sampdoria side.

1. Goalkeeper & Defenders

Samir Handanovic (GK) – An accomplished performance against Tottenham at the San Siro in midweek further displayed why Handanovic remains one of the finest and most consistent goalkeepers in Italian football.

Milan Skriniar (RB) – With Sime Vrsaljko still unavailable, regular centre back Skriniar is likely to be utilised at right back once more, having performed capably in the position against Tottenham in midweek.

Stefan de Vrij (CB) – Having completed a summer move to the San Siro from domestic rivals Lazio during the summer, de Vrij has brought added class and composure to Inter’s defence, but will be hoping to tighten things up after a difficult start to the Serie A season for his side.

Miranda (CB) – An experienced head to lead the defence, Miranda’s defensive expertise from his time with Atletico Madrid makes the Brazilian an ideal candidate to shore things up at the back for Inter.

Kwadwo Asamoah (LB) – Another summer signing from a domestic rival, Asamoah has added an energetic and industrious outlet to the left-hand side of Inter’s defence following his summer arrival from Juventus.

2. Midfielders

Matias Vecino (CDM) – After scoring the dramatic late winner against Tottenham in midweek, Vecino is certain to be in high spirits and good form heading into Saturday’s match.

Marcelo Brozovic (CDM) – The Croatian World Cup finalist brings dynamism and technical stability to the heart of Inter’s engine room, making his side tick from a deep midfield position.

Keita Balde Diao (RM) – On loan from Monaco, Inter’s turnaround against Tottenham in midweek coincided with the added thrust and energy brought to the game by Keita Balde when he was brought on for the final 20 minutes of the game. Able to operate anywhere across the front line, the forward offers greater attacking flexibility and threat from various positions.

Radja Nainggolan (CAM) – The star recruit from Roma during the summer transfer window, Nainggolan was omitted from Belgium’s successful World Cup squad during the summer, but remains one of the finest midfield engines in Europe, with dynamic energy and a ferocious strike capable of changing any game.

Ivan Perisic (LM) – One of the stars of the World Cup, Perisic has continued his fine summer form with Croatia with two goals from Inter’s first four Serie A games of the season, and provides a constant threat with his tireless runs down the left flank and an ability to produce a decisive moment from nothing.

3. Forward

Mauro Icardi (ST) – The star of the show in midweek with a stunning volleyed equaliser against Tottenham, Icardi hit four goals in a 5-0 win for Inter when his side last met Sampdoria, and the Argentine striker is set for another central role in Saturday’s match.

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Sampdoria vs Inter Preview: Form, Previous Encounter, Key Battle, Team News & Prediction

Fresh from their Champions League heroics in midweek, Inter travel to Liguria on Saturday to face Sampdoria at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris in Serie A, looking to take the storming momentum from their European exploits into their league campaign.

Luciano Spalletti’s side produced a stunning late comeback from 1-0 down against Tottenham to win 2-1 in the opening match of their Champions League campaign at the San Siro on Tuesday, but have endured a rather more lukewarm start to their season in Serie A.

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After two defeats, one win and one draw from their first four domestic matches of the campaign, I Nerazzurri have struggled to capitalise on a summer which saw a number of star signings arrive at the San Siro.

Sampdoria, meanwhile, have enjoyed something closer to the start which Inter would themselves have hoped for, with two wins, a draw and one defeat so far placing them in the top four at this early stage in the season. Hosting Inter on Sunday, though, promises to provide their sternest test of the campaign so far.


Recent Form

Sampdoria began the Serie A season with disappointment in a 1-0 defeat away to Udinese, but kickstarted their campaign impressively with a thumping 3-0 win over last season’s runners-up, Napoli, in what was a shock result for Marco Giampaolo’s side.

I Blucerchiati continued to fire with an emphatic 5-0 triumph over Frosinone the following week, before earning a 1-1 draw at home to Fiorentina.


?Inter’s start to the season has been less impressive in domestic terms, as Spalletti’s side crashed to a 1-0 defeat away to Sassuolo on the opening weekend in Serie A.

A 2-2 draw with Torino provided little more encouragement the following matchday, before Inter finally got off the mark with a 3-0 win away to Bologna.

A 1-0 defeat at home to Parma followed, however, leaving the San Siro giants with much to do in improving their league form; though their 2-1 win over Tottenham in the Champions League in midweek should provide a much-needed boost ahead of Saturday’s match.


Previous Encounter

If Sampdoria are to continue their positive early season form at home on Saturday, they will need to produce a far better performance than the last time the two sides met at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris last season.

Inter hammered their hosts with a 5-0 victory in March, with Mauro Icardi typically at the heart of the Nerazzurri’s success – scoring four for his side to add to Ivan Perisic’s opener in the match.

The Milanese side simply had too much firepower for Sampdoria last time out, and Icardi’s fine strike against Tottenham on Tuesday night will have the hosts fearing more of the same ahead of Saturday’s game.


Key Battle

With the previous meeting between the two sides in mind, and following his heroic exploits in midweek, Mauro Icardi is the clear danger man that Sampdoria must seek to stop on Saturday.

The Argentine striker has yet to register a Serie A goal so far in what has been an all-round frustrating start to the domestic campaign for his side. However, Inter will be hoping that his wonder goal at the San Siro to haul I Nerazzurri back into the match against Tottenham will give their star man lift off for the season.

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Despite a raft of attacking additions to the side during the summer transfer window, Icardi remains Inter’s most important goal threat, and stopping him will be key to Sampdoria’s potential success on Saturday.

Joachim Andersen has been Sampdoria’s most consistent presence in the centre of defence so far this season – having started all four of his side’s Serie A matches in the current campaign -and will be the man tasked primarily with shackling the spearhead of Inter’s attack.

Icardi’s movement in and around the box can be lethal, and Andersen must ensure he is tracking the Inter captain at all times to limit the Argentine’s chances of breaking into dangerous positions from which he can do maximum damage to Sampdoria’s rear-guard.


Team News

Marco Giampaolo will be without attacking midfielder Riccardo Saponara as Sampdoria prepare to host Inter on Saturday, with the 26-year-old still recovering from a muscular injury. Centre back Vasco Regini also remains sidelined with a long-term cruciate ligament rupture.


Though Mauro Icardi will arrive at Sampdoria as the primary threat for Inter, Luciano Spalletti will be without his other Argentine centre forward, as summer signing Lautaro Martinez misses out on Saturday’s game with a calf problem.


Prediction

Though Sampdoria have begun their Serie A campaign in stronger form than their Milanese counterparts, Inter have the stronger personnel in every area of the pitch and simply need to win on Saturday after losing two of their first four league games this season.

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The dramatic Champions League win in midweek should provide the visitors with the ideal springboard to arrive in Saturday’s game with confidence and a stronger position to secure just their second win of the domestic campaign.

Score prediction: Sampdoria 1-3 Inter Milan

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Sampdoria Striker Fabio Quagliarella Reveals Interest From Now-Man Utd Boss in Inter Days

Sampdoria forward Fabio Quagliarella has revealed that he was a target for Jose Mourinho while the Portuguese tactician was coaching at Internazionale.

The 35-year-old, who has never been employed by a non-Italian team, has been quite the journeyman over the years, beginning his career with Torino before playing for the likes of Ascoli, Udinese, Napoli and Juventus, as well as other Italian sides.

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With Sampdoria set to face I Nerazurri this Saturday, Quagliarella has revealed that he could have also played at Inter, given Mourinho’s interest in him some years back.

“José Mourinho, when I played in Udinese, after a game asked me to join him at Inter,” he said in an interview with DAZN, via La Gazzetta dello Sport“Over the years I have been close to Inter on two or three occasions, but then the negotiations did not materialise.”

Mourinho spent two years at Inter after leaving Chelsea, taking over at the Serie A side in 2008 and then leaving for Real Madrid in 2010. The current Manchester United boss won two league titles and also led the side to Champions League triumph during his time at the San Siro, but the club has struggled since his departure eight years ago.

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Quagiarella, meanwhile, likely scored the goal of the season when he stunned Napoli with an insane back-heeled flick during a 3-0 Sampdoria win two Sundays ago. He followed that with another strike against Frosinone in a 5-0 win and has so far recorded two goals and two assists in his first four appearances for the Blucerchiati.

?“Every game has different episodes and occasions,” he says. “I never think about how I can kick or score. 90 minutes are long, let alone against teams like Inter.” 

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4 Things We Learned as Inter Came From Behind to Beat Tottenham 2-1 on Tuesday Evening

Tottenham got their Champions League campaign off to the worst possible start as they suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Inter at San Siro on Tuesday night.

Christian Eriksen put Maurcio Pochettino’s side ahead early on in the second half with a deflected strike, but the Nerazzurri fought back and pulled level courtesy of a sensational volley from Mauro Icardi, with only a few minutes remaining.

Just when it looked as though the spoils were going to be shared, Matias Vecino popped up in the second minute of added time to give his side the win.

Here are four things we learned from the exhilarating affair.

1. Harry Kane Needs a Rest

Both Harry Kane and his manager Mauricio Pochettino have insisted that the striker is absolutely fine to carry on starting matches for Tottenham, but his recent performances do nothing to support that claim.

He looked off the pace once again in this one and was lacking the sort of sharpness in front of goal that we usually associate with the England striker.

He had a golden chance to score midway through the first half when he was put through one on one with Samir Handanovic, but instead of shooting he found himself dribbling the ball out of play.

He needs to be rested for a game or two, so he can recover mentally as well as physically. 

2. Inter Would Seriously Struggle Without Mauro Icardi

You would be forgiven for forgetting that Mauro Icardi was even on the pitch before the 86th minute.

The Argentine striker was starved of service throughout and, despite his best efforts, he couldn’t seem to fashion himself a clear chance on goal.

He instead decided that he was going to attempt an outrageous long range volley and it ended up flying into the far corner, leaving Michel Vorm with absolutely no chance.

The 25-year-old has scored more than 25 goals in three of the last four seasons for Inter and it is his goals, whether tap-ins or screamers which have dragged Inter back to the top table of European football.

3. Serge Aurier Is a Capable Deputy for Kieran Trippier

Serge Aurier has been criticised for his defensive shortcomings ever since he joined Spurs last summer.

Prior to the match, a number of Tottenham fans were afraid that Ivan Perisic was going to give the Ivorian a tough time, but he ended up being their best performer on the night.

He looked very secure in defence, his decision making was sound and he also offered a decent outlet when Spurs opted to spring Inter on the counter attack.

Trippier will remain the first choice right-back, but Aurier will be pushing him all the way for a starting berth.

4. Spurs Are Now Officially in a Slump

That 3-0 victory over Manchester United now seems like a very long time ago for Tottenham and there is no getting away from the fact that they have gone backwards since that impressive performance.

Sometimes teams can go through bad patches and that can often be attributed to bad luck. On this occasion that simply isn’t the case. Pochettino’s men are making too many rudimentary errors and there is a sense that they are there for the taking at any moment.

Tottenham now face a tricky test when they travel away to face Brighton on Saturday – a win is absolutely crucial.

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Spurs Boss Mauricio Pochettino Reveals Tottenham Missed Out on Chance to Sign Inter Attacker

Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that it was his intention to bring Internazionale striker Keita Balde to London last year.

The 23-year-old Senegal international left Lazio to join AS Monaco last summer but struggled at the French side and has since joined I Nerazzurri on a €6m loan deal, with an option to buy him outright for €30m next year.

The Premier League side lost their first game of their Champions League campaign ?2-1 to Inter at San Siro on Tuesday night. Speaking prior to the match, Pochettino confirmed Balde was indeed a target for him at Tottenham.

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“Yes, it’s true. I’ve been following him since he grew up in Barcelona while I was at Espanyol,” he told Sky Sports (via Calciomercato). 

“He is a player with an interesting profile for us, I wanted him but then he chose Monaco. But he remains an excellent striker.”

Balde registered 16 goals and three assists for Lazio in Serie A during the 2016/17 season and his form in front of goal would prompt Monaco to move for him at the end of the term. However, he only played in six league games last season and didn’t score a single goal, only delivering two assists.


He hasn’t opened his account at Inter yet either, having made five appearances for the Italian side, one of those coming in the form of an 18-minute cameo against Spurs. But Pochettino seems to still hold the player in very high regard.

The English side had been hoping to recover from their disappointing loss to Liverpool on the weekend with a victory against Inter this week. However, despite going ahead through Christian Eriksen’s 53rd-minute goal, they allowed Luciano Spalleti’s side back with goals from Mauro Icardi and Matias Vecino confirming a late comeback for Inter.

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