Ignore the soap opera and appreciate Icardi's talents

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IcardiGettyImagesMauro Icardi was booked for this celebration against former club Sampdoria recently.

Inter striker Mauro Icardi makes almost as many headlines for his off-the-field behaviour as he does on a football pitch. But those who focus on relationship with Wanda Nara, his former teammate's wife, fail to see what a brilliant player he is.

In his remarkably short professional career, Icardi has shown that he has the potential to become one of the best strikers in the world.

The former Barcelona prodigy joined Sampdoria on loan during the 2010-11 season, where he scored 13 goals in 19 games with their Primavera team. Continue Reading...

Inter regain confidence with win at Sampdoria

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Pier Marco Tacca/Getty ImagesMauro Icardi was on the mark for Inter with a brace in the Nerazzurri's 4-0 win at Sampdoria.

It was a good Sunday for Inter as they beat Sampdoria 4-0 while Parma drew at Bologna. As a result, Inter moved back into fifth place, two points ahead of Parma, who Inter meet next weekend.

- Report: Sampdoria 0-4 Inter Milan

It was a rare goal outburst by Inter as a brace by Mauro Icardi and goals from Walter Samuel and Rodrigo Palacio helped Inter to their biggest win since beating Sassuolo 7-0 back in September.

Red card changed game

Inter were somewhat lucky to be in front when Sampdoria were reduced to 10-men after only 20 minutes. Continue Reading...

Future fixtures placing onus on Inter to win at Sampdoria

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Marco Luzzani/Getty ImagesInter defender Juan Jesus will miss this weekend's Sampdoria match and the remainder of the season for the Nerazzurri.

Inter travel to Sampdoria on Sunday in what will be Walter Mazzarri's biggest game as Inter boss.

After picking up only three points from their last four league games, Inter find themselves clinging onto sixth place and the final Europa League spot in Serie A.

- Report: Mancini denies Inter return

With only six games left in the season, it is crucial that Inter start winning games if they want to be in Europe next season, especially considering Inter's schedule the rest of the season:

-- Sampdoria: A
-- Parma: A
-- Napoli: H
-- Milan: A
-- Lazio: H
-- Chievo: A

That is a brutal run of games, and it is likely that Inter will be underdogs against Parma, Napoli, Milan and Lazio based on current form. Continue Reading...

Confusing messages coming out of Inter

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Olivier Morin/AFP/Getty ImagesWalter Mazzarri's Inter Milan may miss out on European competition next season.

I am really struck by the amount of conflicting information that is coming out of Inter these days. I am not sure if it because club president Erick Thohir is not in Milan a lot, or whether the club is unsure of where it is going, with conflicting opinions emerging on what is the best direction for Inter.

Case on point are Thohir's public comments over the weekend that current boss Walter Mazzarri will be the Inter coach next season.

- Report: Thohir: Mazzarri will remain Inter coach

That is despite last weekend's 2-2 draw with Bologna, the fourth successive league game without a win, and a result that has intensified fears that Inter will miss out on one of the Europa League places. Continue Reading...

Inter at risk of missing out on Europa League

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AP Photo/Antonio CalanniMauro Icardi's brace was not enough for Inter who were held at home by Bologna.

Inter was held 2-2 by Bologna at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on Saturday, a result that seriously puts into doubt Walter Mazzarri's side chances of playing European football next season.

- Report: Inter Milan 2-2 Bologna

Twice Inter striker Mauro Icardi put the Nerazzurri into the league and twice Inter's once strong defense could not hold onto the lead.

Icardi's two goals were his fifth and sixth of the season making him Inter's second top-scorer behind Rodrigo Palacio (14 goals). Continue Reading...

Inter hope to get past their scoring woes vs. Bologna

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AllsportWalter Mazzarri will hope Inter's scoring woes come to an end against relegation-threatened Bologna.

Inter return to the friendly confines of the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on Saturday where they will face 17th-placed Bologna in a must-win game.

Three bad performances against Atalanta, Udinese and Livorno have left Walter Mazzarri's side looking over their shoulder at the charging Parma and Atalanta for Europa League spots, making three points essential from this match.

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Both teams head into Saturday’s contest struggling to find form at this crucial time of the season. Continue Reading...

Latest Inter failure shows need for change

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AllsportWalter Mazzarri's Inter Milan were held to a 2-2 draw at relegation-threatened Livorno.

Inter drew 2-2 at third-from-bottom Livorno on Monday to cap what has been a miserable eight days from manager Walter Mazzarri's side.

- Report: Livorno 2-2 Inter

Inter were 2-0 up at halftime and could not hold onto the lead. Hernanes and Rodrigo Palacio had given Inter the lead, but two defensive mistakes let Livorno back into the game.

What an eight days for Inter. Three very winnable games: Two at home to Atalanta and Udinese and one away from home to relegation-threatened Livorno. Continue Reading...

Inter seeking rebound on the road at Livorno

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Marco Luzzani/Getty ImagesAfter going a full 90 minutes on Thursday night versus Atalanta, Inter midfielder Esteban Cambiasso may be rested on Monday at Livorno.

Inter get a chance to put a miserable week behind themselves on Monday when they travel to relegation-threatened Livorno.

- Report: Mazzarri bemoans refereeing

Inter missed a golden opportunity to grab fourth place in Serie A with back-to-back home games against Atalanta and Udinese. But instead of taking six points out of six from the two games, Inter only managed one point. Instead of solidifying their Europa League hopes, Inter are now looking over their shoulder at the onrushing Parma and Atalanta, making three points essential from the Liverno trip. Continue Reading...

Disappointment reigns again in Inter stalemate

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Walter Mazzarri giant ballGettyImagesEven a giant ball couldn't help misfiring Inter Milan at the moment.

Another home game and another bitterly disappointing performance by Inter as they were held to a 0-0 draw by Udinese on Thursday.

The point keeps Inter in fifth place, but instead of looking up at Fiorentina and Napoli as Inter have been doing for most of the season, Walter Mazzarri’s side will be looking back over their shoulder at Parma who are only a point behind them in 6th place and Atalanta who are five points back in 7th. It looks like sixth place will get a Europa League spot, but the confidence that I had that Inter would finish in the top six is starting to waiver a little. Continue Reading...

Inter vs. Udinese: A chance for redemption

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Walter Mazzarri AssociatedWalter Mazzarri saw his Inter side beaten by Atalanta.

Inter get a chance to put Sunday's disappointing defeat at home to Atalanta behind them on Thursday as they host Udinese in a rare midweek Thursday game at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.

Despite dominating the second half on Sunday, Inter were made to pay for failing to convert their possession into goals when Atalanta scored late to steal all three points.

Ahead of the weekend, Inter fans had been looking at the possibility of taking control of fourth place, but wins by Fiorentina and a draw by Parma dropped Inter into sixth on goal difference. Continue Reading...

Inter's Euro hopes dented in loss to Atalanta

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Claudio Villa/Getty ImagesFredy Guarin and Inter were stunned to walk off the San Siro pitch with a loss versus Atalanta.

Inter Milan's six-game unbeaten streak came to an end on Sunday as Atalanta stole all three points in a 2-1 win at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.

- Report: Inter Milan 1-2 Atalanta

Giacomo Bonaventura put Atalanta ahead in the 35th minute when Inter were once again hit by an opposition counter-attack. But to the players' credit, Inter answered that goal immediately with one of their own when Fredy Guarin played a terrific through ball for Mauro Icardi to run onto and score his fourth goal of the season. Continue Reading...

Fourth place could be a reality if Inter can beat Atalanta

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Dino Panato/Getty ImagesInter hope to keep their late-season momentum up when they face Atalanta this weekend.

With Fioretina playing Napoli in Naples this weekend, Inter once again have the chance to move into fourth place in the table if they can beat Atalanta at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on Sunday.

The Nerazzurri come into the game full of confidence as they are riding a six-game unbeaten streak in which the club took 14 of a possible 18 points. Only Juventus have a better record over the last six games.

And the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza has become a bit of a fortress for Inter this season, with only one defeat all season. Continue Reading...