Luciano Spalletti is delighted with the development of his Inter side despite admitting frustration over failing to win the Milan derby at San Siro on Wednesday.
An unusually profligate Mauro Icardi was the main culprit in front of goal as the Nerazzurri were forced to settle for a 0-0 draw with city rivals AC Milan.
Icardi had one goal ruled out for offside in the first half before missing a pair of sitters after the interval, the second of which came in the 93rd minute.
Eusebio Di Francesco criticised both Roma’s finishing and the referee after a 4-1 defeat. “Barcelona are strong, they don’t need help.”
The Giallorossi were beaten at Camp Nou in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final, but scored two own goals and assisted another.
“Barcelona are already such a strong side, they don’t need help. This evening they received help from us and from the referee,” the Coach told Mediaset Premium.
“We put in a fine performance this evening, but there were costly errors and we cannot pin the responsibility on others. I can’t complain in terms of character and attitude, because we found ourselves 3-0 down and didn’t realise how it had happened.
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Mauro Icardi wasted a glorious stoppage-time chance as Inter missed the opportunity to put further distance between themselves and city rivals AC Milan in the race for Champions League qualification with a 0-0 draw at San Siro.
Having looked likely to win Derby della Madonnina for a second time this term, Luciano Spalletti will know Inter should have more than a two-point cushion over fifth-placed Lazio in the race for the final Champions League place.
The scoreless draw was enough to maintain their eight-point advantage over Milan, meaning Lazio are now the main side who can deny them a return to Europe’s top club competition.
According to Tuttosport, goalkeeper Gigio Donnarumma has only ten games left with AC Milan before he leaves in the summer.
Wanted by PSG, Real Madrid and most of Europe’s elite – including rivals Juventus – the goalkeeper has turned heads with his mature displays and spectacular saves since taking over (as a 16-year-old) from Diego Lopez two seasons ago.
The Turinese paper claims that the young goalkeeper won’t stay, and that today’s Derby with Inter will be his last.
The 19-year-old has constantly been linked to a departure, as his agent Mino Raiola recrntly had this to say about the best young goalkeeper in world football:
West Ham manager David Moyes is undecided yet on whether to make midfielder Joao Mario’s loan move from Inter Milan a permanent one in the summer, the Times reports.
Mario completed a move from Serie A’s Inter Milan to West Ham on a loan deal until the end of the season during the January transfer window.
The midfielder, a Euro 2016 winner with Portugal, scored his first goal for The Hammers at the weekend in the side’s 3-0 victory over Southampton at the London Stadium and produced probably his best performance to date for the club.
Alessandro Del Piero spoke to Sky Sport after the game between Juventus and Real Madrid, here is what he had to say on the matter:
” Real Madrid? They have the strongest midfield in the entire world. They know when to attack and when the defend, they play a hybrid style of football which is why they are so strong.
“Cristiano Ronaldo is the best player in the world, wherever he plays, he always performs. Dybala and Higuain? They will get critics but Navas made a great save on Gonzalo.
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Cristiano Ronaldo’s latest masterpiece was so good even the opposing fans had to stand up and applaud.
Ronaldo pulled off a spectacular overhead kick to score his second goal of the night on Tuesday as Real Madrid beat Juventus 3-0 in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League quarterfinal.
Even by Ronaldo’s record-breaking standards, this one was special.
Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon had just pulled off a fantastic save to deny Lucas Vazquez, but the move continued, and Ronaldo leaped acrobatically into the air to meet a cross with his back to goal and smashed the ball into the bottom right corner.
Inter Milan boss Luciano Spalletti hinted he would take back Geoffrey Kondogbia, described Walter Sabatini as ‘a footballing samurai’ and pledged his future to Inter.
Doubts have been cast over whether Valencia can afford their €25m purchase option for Kondogbia, Sabatini resigned as Inter’s technical coordinator on Thursday and Spalletti’s future has also come under the spotlight due to Suning Group’s lack of spending.
“Loanees? One of them is Kondogbia. If Valencia don’t exercise their option to buy him… It depends on them,” the Coach said at a Press conference for Saturday’s game against Verona in Serie A.
According to former Italy stopper Paolo Conti, Roma’s Alisson is the ‘best goalkeeper in the world right now’.
The Brazil international has been a huge hit in the Eternal City and remains a target for Liverpool and Real Madrid.
Conti is adamant that Alisson is a better player than others in his position and believes the 25-year-old will be difficult to lure from his old club.
‘Alisson is certainly the best goalkeeper in the world right now,’ Conti told Radio Centro Suono Sport.
‘It’s almost impossible to set a market value for him, seeing the crazy figures that are flying around at the moment.
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Inter Milan Vice-President Javier Zanetti is “very confident” of Champions League qualification, and hopes Mauro Icardi can go to the World Cup.
The Nerazzurri are aiming to finish in the top four this season, and and they currently sit in fourth place just one point ahead of Lazio, with a game in hand to come against city rivals Milan.
“I’m very confident, above all because of the difficult periods that everyone goes through,” Zanetti told Premium Sport.
“The important thing is knowing how to overcome those, and this team is proving that it knows how to do that.
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