Underestimated Roma

What is so dispiriting about Roma’s Serie A season is that, at least on paper, there is nothing that impressive in being second to Juventus, especially when the Scudetto champions have looked so dominant throughout. Competing with the Old Lady has no margin for error, making any runner-up look like an also-ran.

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Inter’s attitude and tactics have improved but their issues go deeper

Nerazzurri fans finally caught a break over the weekend when a reinvigorated Inter beat Lazio 3-1 at the Stadio Olimpico under the tutelage of caretaker Stefano Vecchi. Unfortunately, there were plenty of reasons to worry, reasons that go beyond the fact that Lazio were coming off a Coppa Italia final loss to Juventus or Inter’s quest for Europe already being over.

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Could Diego Simeone or Antonio Conte have success with Inter Milan?

With Inter earning a mere point in a month and being completely schooled by Napoli at the weekend, the talk of the Nerazzurri hiring Diego Simeone or Antonio Conte has intensified once again.

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Antonio Conte is Inter Milan’s dream hire, but would he deliver?

Published on May 11th, 2017

The axe has finally been swung: Having already given the players a stern talking to, Inter owner Jindong Zhang sacked Stefano Pioli on Tuesday evening, leaving youth team Coach Stefano Vecchi to take over for the second time this season,

Luckily for despairing fans, it appears that Zhang had had enough of the Nerazzurri‘s slide, and is determined to put his own stamp on the club’s handling of sporting matters by focussing on hiring Antonio Conte — the best candidate for the job at this point.

Allegri the Underdog

Forced to give a straight answer, many Calcio fans would admit that they still don’t have a very positive opinion of Max Allegri.

Lurking in the back of their minds, Maxskepticism has many thinking that the former Rossoneri Coach is one mistake away from reverting to the blundering mess Silvio Berlusconi used to rail against, the Cavaliere once claiming at a political rally that Allegri “didn’t understand [expletive] all” about football.

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Whatever happened to Nicola Ventola?

It is a well-known fact that many talented prospects don’t turn out, with the mental and tactical rigours of modern football often too heavy a load to carry. It hurts far more, however, when a player has the brains, the technique and the guts to go far, only for it to become clear that his body – and his luck – were never cut out for a career in the pros.

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Ratings: Inter catch Lazio with their pants down, Di Bello has a shocker

Inter put an end to their four-game Serie A losing streak with a hard-fought 3-1 win against Lazio.

The hosts didn’t waste any time as Keita Balde was brought down in the box by Jeison Murillo and converted the resulting penalty inside 19 minutes.

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Five things Inter need in a new manager to accelerate rebuild

With Inter sacking Stefano Pioli ten days ago, fans of the Nerazzurri can expect another summer rife with rumours and speculation.

While it may be too early to talk about the numerous candidates set to replace him, it isn’t premature to discuss what Inter’s future manager will need to do to keep both the club (and his own reputation) afloat.

Here are five key issues that have to be addressed if the blue side of Milan is to have anything to celebrate next season.

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On This Day: Lazio’s Perfect Storm (For Football Italia)

Lazio may not win many Scudetti (three), but when they do, they’re quite something.

Just as Tommaso Maestrelli had turned a divided squad of gun-toting eccentrics into surprise Scudetto winners in 1974, so Sven-Goran Eriksson finally took big spender Sergio Cragnotti to the Promised Land in 2000, but it wasn’t easy.

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Coppa Italia Preview: Now or never for Inzaghi

At least on paper, Wednesday’s Coppa Italia final between Lazio and Juventus is a worrying one for Simone Inzaghi’s charges. Already beaten twice this season by the Bianconeri, Rome’s oldest team has been positively allergic to this tie since Massimo Allegri took over in 2014, never scoring against his men in the six Serie A games he has supervised, and losing each and every one.

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Is mentality really the problem with Inter?

Inter are coming off a nightmare run of games ahead of Sunday’s clash with Napoli, failing to win in over a month and somehow allowing half-time leads of 2-0 and 2-1 to turn into a 2-2 draw against AC Milan and a 5-4 defeat to Fiorentina.

In the endless post-mortems which followed the collapse in Florence, Inter were accused of lacking grit and a united mentality, but the squad is full of grinders. Gary Medel isn’t called The Pitbull for nothing, Danilo D’Ambrosio delivered an impassioned speech earlier in the season when things were going wrong, and even substitute Eder is a presence in the changing room.

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Roberto Mancini still the right man to lead Inter Milan

While Juventus fans got an early Christmas present in July with the arrival of striker Gonzalo Higuain from Napoli, the Inter faithful have been treated to a somewhat different summer. It began with a series of clever signings, but has since been spoiled by Napoli’s pursuit of Mauro Icardi, whose agent (and wife) Wanda Nara has rankled Inter supporters with recent comments via social media.

Things have arguably got worse since then, with speculation that coach Roberto Mancini would leave the San Siro if ownership didn’t satisfy his transfer requests, not to mention renew his existing deal, which expires next year.

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