Inter and Mancini need each other

Inter’s tour of the United States has hardly been a relaxing affair: as if speculation over a possible Mauro Icardi departure to Napoli wasn’t bad enough, the Italian sports press is awash with reports of Coach Roberto Mancini’s dissatisfaction with the club’s transfer policy, with some even indicating that the former Manchester City gaffer would leave if his demands were not met.

There is, however, something that isn’t quite convincing about Il Mancio’s supposed desire to leave.

Read the rest of the article on Football Italia here
http://www.football-italia.net/88438/inter-and-mancini-need-each-other

Lotito: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

It has not been a relaxing summer for Lazio fans. Fresh off a disappointing eighth place finish, their two big stars – Antonio Candreva and Lucas Biglia – reportedly want to leave, whilst flashy Coach Marcelo Bielsa jilted the club a mere 48 hours into the wedding.

The 5,000 fans who showed up to recent demonstrations against owner Claudio Lotito were proof that last season’s problems – when the Aquile went down against Roma in front of two empty ends – have only gotten worse, with a mere 11 supporters signing up for season tickets within 24 hours of their being made available.

Read the rest on http://www.football-italia.net/87683/lotito-good-bad-ugly

EURO 2016: France v Portugal PREDICTION! (FOR DK)

It’s finally here, ladies and gentlemen.

France play dark horses Portugal at the Parc des Princes on Sunday hoping to match Germany and win their third European Championship, their second at home.

They face a Portugal side that has come up short so often of late, racking up the semi-final appearances without ever managing to lift silverware.

Considering I got both semi-final results horribly wrong (WAL 1-0 POR, FRA 1-2 GER), you should DEFINITELY trust me to get it right this time!

But what did I go for? Check me out on Draft Kings TV with Andy Davies, Jamie Hinks and Tyrone Atkins. With thanks to El Jefe Wade McElwain!

EURO 2016: DraftKings Lineup, CLG

Here is my DraftKings lineup for the Euro 2016 semi-finals, which I stupidly forgot to post yesterday.

As you can see, my picks for the Wales-Portugal game were hardly stellar, though Gareth Bale acquitted himself well.

Of more relevance are the players I’ve picked for tonight’s France- Germany game.

Check out my picks here!

For a slightly longer explanation, here I am discussing them with the great Andy Davies, Jamie Hinks and Wade McElwain

 

And below are my Chooser, my Loser, and my Gem. Tommy Muller, I am so, so sorry. You’re a great player (and a bit of a squealer, but never mind that), but I just don’t see you shining tonight. Which’ll probably mean you’re going home with a hat-trick and Carla Bruni in your suitcase. Oh well.

CHECK OUT THAT FACE BY THE WAY. IT’LL LAUNCH 10.000 SHIPS ONE DAY LEMME TELL YA.

EURO 2016: France v Germany Prediction (For Draftkings)

Here’s the way I see the France – Germany semi going… a bit of a surprise maybe.

With the fantastic Jamie Hinks, Andy Davies and Wade McElwain

EURO 2016: Wales v Portugal Prediction (For DraftKings)

Check out my take on tonight’s key match between Wales and Portugal.

Surprisingly, I think Wales may just pip this one…

Azzurri not daring enough

Any analysis of Italy’s downfall on penalties must be prefaced with gratitude: though we may not feel it right now, we’ll eventually be thankful to the Azzurri for a great many things, whether it was for completely outmanoeuvring more talented opponents or Antonio Conte’s touchline lunacy.

This doesn’t, however, mean that our acceptance should be unqualified. Just because he proved us wrong before doesn’t mean that Conte should be exempt from criticism. Ironically, it is because he took Italy to the last eight that we have to ask ourselves what was missing to make the next step.

One could posit that Italy’s Coach went against his own credo against Germany.

Read the rest of the article here on Football Italia

http://www.football-italia.net/86735/azzurri-not-daring-enough

ESPN BLOG: Ever Banega is the perfect piece to Inter Milan’s midfield puzzle

An oft-repeated complaint from Inter Milan’s 2015-16 season reads as follows: coach Roberto Mancini will be unable to achieve his tactical dreams if the club fails to add another skillful player to the midfield mix.

Manchester City’s Yaya Toure and Lazio’s Antonio Candreva and Lucas Biglia have all been linked to the Nerazzurri in recent weeks, but Mancini may have already found the player he so desires in Argentine midfielder Ever Banega, who joined the club this summer on a free transfer.

Banega isn’t just a capable playmaker, he may well be the signing that makes the team gel and takes Inter’s ailing attack (the club only managed only 50 goals last season, seventh in Serie A) to the next level.

Read the rest of the article on ESPN at
http://www.espnfc.com/club/internazionale/110/blog/post/2896218/ever-banega-is-the-perfect-piece-to-inter-milans-midfield-puzzle