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Derby d’Italia: Inter Milan v Juventus

Antonio Conte admits that facing Juventus, the team he captained and coached, will be “emotional.” How could it be any other way after 17 years in black and white? But when the Derby d’Italia kicks off on Sunday, the Inter coach claims the moment will pass and his old club will become “just another opponent.”

In the away dugout, Maurizio Sarri cannot boast the same connection. He’d have to have been living under a rock, though, to fail to appreciate the significance of this game to both sets of supporters. The Tuscan is spot on when he says “Juve-Inter isn’t a game like the others” but the anticipation for this one is even higher than usual.

Spalletti Says No To Milan Job

Former Inter Milan boss Luciano Spalletti has rejected the opportunity to take over at struggling rivals AC Milan.

Rossoneri boss Marco Giampaolo is under pressure having overseen four defeats in his first six games at the helm, leaving his side two places and two points above the drop zone ahead of a trip to 18th-placed Genoa on Saturday.

Spalletti has been out of a job since the Nerazzurri fired him in May, despite Inter finishing fourth in the and reaching the in his first season – for the first time in six years.

Carlo Ancelotti Is Not Happy At Napol

Carlo Ancelotti Napoli

Carlo Ancelotti is not happy at Napoli and could leave the club a year before the end of his contract if his players don’t step up for a title challenge, according to reports.

Napoli currently sit fourth in the table, already six points behind leaders Inter Milan, and Ancelotti is said to be angry with the direction the club is heading.

Ancelotti is one of the most successful Napoli managers in recent years, but report that he is at a crossroads this season.

Ancelotti ‘could leave Napoli at the end of the season if his players don’t step up’
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Marco Giampaolo AC Milan

Embattled AC Milan boss Marco Giampaolo insists he will not quit as manager despite a disastrous start to the Serie A season.

The Italian giants sit 16th in the table after four defeats from their opening six games, including three on the spin against Fiorentina, Torino and their city rivals Inter.

But despite their poor form, and reports that the club are already lining up a successor, Giampaolo is standing firm in the face of criticism.

‘We’re working to do better. We were already working at eight this morning,’ he told . ‘You say I work a lot but work badly? We’ll find the solution.

Antonio Conte

Antonio Conte slammed referee Damir Skomina for not awarding his Inter Milan side a ‘clear penalty’ during their defeat by Barcelona on Wednesday night.

The Italians led the Champions League clash for almost an hour thanks to Lautaro Martinez’s strike before Luis Suarez netted a brace to seal victory for the hosts at the Nou Camp.

Conte was furious with Skomina’s officiating, insisting the official who oversaw last season’s Champions League final between Liverpool and Tottenham missed an obvious penalty shout.

Conte was adamant Inter midfielder Stefano Sensi was tripped in the box by Arthur, although Skomina quickly waved play on.

Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku has been ruled out of Wednesday’s Champions League group-stage clash at Barcelona due to a thigh muscle injury, manager Antonio Conte said.

Lukaku, who was signed from Manchester United in the summer, is the club’s leading goalscorer in Serie A alongside midfielder Stefano Sensi, with three goals.

‘Romelu didn’t travel with us because he’s got a slight problem with his quadriceps,’ Conte told a news conference.

‘It’s a problem he’s had for about 10 days now and one that he kept on mentioning, but tests have revealed that it’s nothing serious.

Alexis Sanchez Inter Milan

Alexis Sanchez has been speaking like a man reborn since ending his horror Manchester United spell and sealing a move to Inter Milan, admitting he feels like he has fallen in love with football again.

The Chilean joined up with Antonio Conte’s side along with Romelu Lukaku, and scored on his debut during a recent clash with Sampdoria… before getting sent off.

Despite his hectic start to life in Serie A, Sanchez has spoken glowingly of the effect his new team has had on him ahead of a return to Champions League action.

Lukaku Loves Playing For Conte

Romelu Lukaku claims he is thriving under Inter Milan manager Antonio Conte after scoring in the Serie A leaders’ 2-0 win against city rivals AC Milan on Saturday.

Second-half goals from Marcelo Brozovic and Lukaku were enough for the three points, and made it four wins from four at the start of the Serie A season for Inter.

Lukaku, who departed Manchester United in the summer for £72million after falling out of favour under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has now scored in all but one of Inter’s league games so far, and remarked after the game on how much he is enjoying playing under the new Inter manager.

Inter Milan Striker Back In Brazil Squad

Gabigol Inter

Gabriel Barbosa has earned a recall to the Brazil squad for the friendlies against Senegal and Nigeria following a rich vein of form at Flamengo.

Since arriving at Flamengo on loan from Inter in January, 23-year-old striker Gabigol has scored 30 goals in 40 appearances in all competitions.

He has been rewarded with a first call-up since the Copa America Centenario in 2016 by head coach Tite and is joined by club team-mate Rodrigo Caio.

The news will come as a blow for Flamengo boss Jorge Jesus, though. His side sit top of the Campeonato Brasileiro at the halfway point but the league does not stop for the international calendar.

Conte: Culture Of Hate Getting Worse In Italy

Antonio Conte

Inter head coach Antonio Conte believes Italian football’s “hate” culture has worsened since he returned to Serie A.

Cagliari fans subjected Inter striker Romelu Lukaku to monkey chants before he took a penalty when the sides met in Serie A on September 2.

On Monday Italian television station TopCalcio24 dropped pundit Luciano Passirani and apologised after he made a racist comment about Lukaku.

Conte resumed his management career in his homeland when he joined Inter in May following two seasons in the Premier League with Chelsea.