Is it time for Spallexit? Inter fans may certainly be feeling so after last night, which saw their team crash out of Europe following a 1-0 loss at home to Eintracht Frankfurt. Having drawn the first leg 0-0 in Germany, Inter would’ve been favourites to progress at the San Siro, but an early Luka Jovic goal put paid to their hopes. It’s been a disastrous European campaign for the Nerazzurri, first failing to qualify from a Champions League group that also consisted of Barca, Spurs and PSV (they needed to beat PSV at home on the final match day, but failed to do so!), and now bowing out of the EL in the Round of 16.
The Italian papers, full of praise for Cristiano after his performance against Atleti, were blunt in their assessment of Inter’s exit.
CdS ran the wonderful headline “Patatracht”, a play on the Italian word (patatrac) and Eintracht’s name. TuttoSport went with “Che Disastro”. GdS chose “Notte Fonda” (dead night)
Inter’s exit now means Napoli are the last Italian team left in the Europa League, and they’ve been given tough last eight opposition in the form of Arsenal, who beat Rennes 3-0 at home to overturn a 3-1 deficit from the first leg at the Roazhon.
Inter Milan appear to be ready to dig their heels in over the Mauro Icardi issue after the Argentine striker was not included in their lineup to play Sampdoria over the weekend. Icardi, who had been stripped of captaincy earlier in the week, also didn’t make the trip to Austria to play Rapid Vienna in the first of their Europa League knockout tie.
Inter won both games without Icardi by a single goal margin, beating Rapid 1-0 and Sampdoria 2-1. Against Rapid, the winner was scored from the penalty spot by Icardi’s compatriot Lautaro Martinez, while the goals against Samp came from the boots of Danilo D’Ambrosio and Radja Nainggolan. It was a third straight win (and a third straight clean sheet) for the Nerazzurri while Samp slumped to their third straight loss after previous defeats at the hands of Napoli and Frosinone.
Inter will be at home to Rapid for their next game while Sampdoria will travel to Cagliari.
Inter Milan have officially taken the captaincy off striker Mauro Icardi and handed it to goalkeeper Samir Handanovic. The announcement was made earlier today and raises doubts over the Argentine international’s future at the San Siro.
Icardi had inked a contract extension in 2016 that would keep him at the club till 2021. That deal also included a 110 million euro release clause for any foreign clubs interested in his services. The likes of Chelsea and Real Madrid were linked with him last summer, but no deal materialised, and the striker stayed at the club.
Inter apparently want Icardi to ink a new deal, but progress on that front has been non existent. Club officials put it down to the hard negotiating nature of Wanda Nara, Icardi’s wife and agent, and talks have apparently reached an impasse, which has forced the powers that be to take the armband off him.
Icardi is also not in the Inter squad for their midweek Europa League clash against Rapid Vienna.
Icardi’s team mate, Marcelo Brozovic, was seen liking posts on social media site Instagram that talked of the captaincy being taken off the former. It’s been long rumoured that Icardi’s relationship with the Croatian contingent at Inter isn’t exactly the best.
Could Icardi be off in the summer? Appears so, unless the club and he both have a change of heart!
Galatasaray have officially announced the signing of defender Yuto Nagatomo from Inter Milan. The Nerazzurri have sold several players this summmer in order to get their figure of 45 million euros via capital gains from transfers in order to adhere to FFP and the Japanese international is the latest to depart the San Siro. He had joined Inter from Cesena in 2011 and while not quite being a fan favourite, was the longest serving of Inter’s current bunch of players.
How much did Galatasaray pay Inter for Nagatomo?
Gala have said that the net transfer fee is 2.5 million euros. Nagatomo has signed a two year contract and they will be paying him an annual wage of 2 million euros
The Croatian Football Federation have announced their roster for the upcoming friendlies vs Peru and Mexico. The Croatians will take on Peru in Miami, Florida on 23 March followed by a clash four days later in Arington, Texas against Mexico (March 27)
The only players plying their trade domestically in the squad are goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic (Dinamo), defenders Marin Leovac (Rijeka) and Zoran Nizic (Hajduk) and midfielder Filipe Bradic (also Rijeka). The only England based player called up is Liverpool’s Dejan Lovren Continue reading