Cagliari vs. Internazionale  2 - 0


Zanetti looks to save Inter´s season

15 April 2013 10:09

Javier Zanetti has turned his attention to a Coppa Italia semi-final against Roma after Inter's 2-0 loss against Cagliari at the weekend.

Inter were beaten 2-1 at the Stadio Olimpico in the first leg of the tie and Zanetti is desperate to turn things around in the return clash as he aims to save Inter's season with cup success.

"We want to play well against Roma on Wednesday. There's no point talking about the match against Cagliari as we can't do anything about it. Now we need to think about performing well on Wednesday," the Inter skipper told the club's official website.

"We'll try to prepare in the best possible way for the match versus Roma and we hope to get a result that will see us into the final.

"At the end of the campaign we'll look back and review everyone's performance. Then we'll begin to prepare for next season as we always do."

Inter meet Roma at the San Siro on Wednesday.


´Cursed´ season angers Stramaccioni

14 April 2013 21:32

Inter coach Andrea Stramaccioni believes his side's season has been 'cursed' with injuries and refereeing decisions.

Inter are seventh after their 2-0 loss to Cagliari on Sunday and the 37-year-old is in no doubt as to the cause of their slump.

"The key was yet another injury in this cursed campaign, as we lost Walter Gargano. His absence made us lose something in terms of balance," Stramaccioni told reporters.

"Yuto Nagatomo then came off the bench and got injured again after three minutes, so we've lost another two players for Wednesday.

"Any side that loses two forwards (Antonio Cassano and Diego Milito) to injury and other big players would struggle to do well."

Stramaccioni also questioned the performance of the referee arguing that Cagliari could have had a man sent off and that the penalty awarded against his side was unfair.

"There was a dubious incident on Tommaso Rocchi in the first half, which would’ve been a red card for stopping a clear scoring opportunity," he continued.

"Today the referee was conned by (Mauricio) Pinilla, whereas last week with Atalanta there was nothing there at all. It really is a cursed campaign, how can you give a penalty like that?"

Inter have a chance to salvage their season with a Coppa Italia semi-final with Roma on Wednesday. Roma lead 2-1 from the first leg.


Serie A wrap: Pinilla stuns Inter

14 April 2013 18:09

Inter Milan's hopes of Champions League football next season were dealt a severe blow after suffering a 2-0 defeat at Cagliari on Sunday.

Inter were the dominant force for much of the game but failed to take their chances in front of goal, with Mauricio Pinilla's second-half brace condemning Andrea Stramaccioni's men to their second successive loss after last week's 4-3 capitulation at home to Atalanta.

With Inter dictating the match, Cagliari were content to play on the counterattack and after having two penalty claims rejected, the referee pointed to the spot in the 63rd minute when Matias Silvestre fouled Pinilla, who stepped up and rifled the ball past goalkeeper Samir Handanovic.

Cagliari could have doubled their lead six minutes later had it not been for a lack of direction on Thiago Ribeiro's header which enabled Handanovic to make a routine save.

Inter continued to prove wasteful in front of goal and their fate was sealed in the 76th minute. Once more it was Pinilla, who stabbed the ball into the roof of the net after a delightful one-two with Matias Cabrera.

The 2010 Italian champions fall to seventh in the standings, one point adrift of rivals Roma, who accounted for Torino 2-1 despite playing the final nine minutes with 10 men.

Pablo Osvaldo put Roma ahead on 22 minutes before Rolando Bianchi cancelled out the Italian's effort nine minutes later.

Argentine attacker Erik Lamela restored Roma's lead on the hour-mark and it proved to be the match-winner although they were made to work in the close stages after Federico Balzaretti saw red for a second bookable offence.

Elsewhere on Sunday, Udinese moved to within two points of Inter thanks to a 3-0 win over Parma, relegation-threatened Palermo held Bologna to a 1-1 draw, fellow strugglers Genoa earned a point in their 1-1 stalemate with Sampdoria, while Chievo and Catania shared the spoils after a goalless encounter.

In the later kick-off, AC Milan failed to gain ground on second-placed Napoli after a 1-1 draw at the San Siro.

Mathieu Flamini had the hosts ahead on the half-hour mark, only for Goran Pandev to equalise three minutes later.

Flamini later turned villain when he was sent off on 72 minutes, although Walter Mazzarri's men failed to capitalise on their man advantage.

Regardless, Napoli have a four-point buffer over third-placed Milan through 31 matches.


Inter primed for Cagliari, says Stramaccioni

13 April 2013 19:41

Andrea Stramaccioni says Inter have put last week's controversial defeat to Atalanta behind them ahead of Cagliari on Sunday.

The Milanese giants crumbled to a 4-3 reverse at the hands of Atalanta, but the result was promptly followed by an angry post-match outburst from their coach who felt that a 'non-existent' penalty inspired their opponents' comeback.

But when asked about the refereeing appointment of Domenico Celi for the trip to Trieste, Stramaccioni made it clear that his players were no longer dwelling on the past and had no concerns about their attitude towards the official.

"We're talking about a group of professionals here, so I think the referee will be perfectly calm," the 36-year-old said at a press conference.

"The penalty came at a time when we were in control of the game. We lost our way after the penalty and in the ten minutes that followed we lost the game.

"We were shaken up and conceded two goals which proved to be fatal. I never said anything about referees doing things in good or bad faith and for me the matter was already closed the day afterwards."

Stramaccioni then assured that Inter would give it their 'best shot' in the Serie A run-in, despite their hopes of Champions League football next season seemingly all-but-over with an eight-point deficit to make up.

"Now we must concentrate on performing well as a team and I don't think there'll be any problem there," he added.

"For me and the players it all ended on the day of the match. We're focused on doing our jobs. There are lots of games still to play and we want to give it our best shot."


Pandev tips Mourinho for European glory

12 April 2013 08:56

Napoli striker Goran Pandev is backing Jose Mourinho to lead Real Madrid to glory in this season's Champions League.

The Macedonia international was part of the Inter Milan side that recorded a historic treble under Mourinho in 2009/10 and he still has the utmost respect for the Portuguese coach.

While Pandev acknowledges that Madrid face stiff competition for this season's Champions League crown from Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, he still expects Mourinho to land the title.

"He is an extraordinary coach. The best of all," the forward told Il Mattino.

"He can win the Champions League and my hope is that he does it again this year.

"Madrid are a great team. They are all great sides at the semi-final stage so it is difficult to make predictions, but Mourinho has great experience and is accustomed to winning."

Napoli face a crucial Serie A clash with AC Milan on Sunday, knowing a victory at San Siro would propel them seven points clear of Massimiliano Allegri's men as they chase a second-placed finish.

"During my years with Inter, it was a deeply felt derby for me, but now my thoughts are only of Napoli," he said.

"It's going to be a crucial match; very important. Milan are a great team with great champions. It will require a great performance on our part to win, but we are preparing well for the match.

"We want to claim what would be a big win to seal the deal in terms of second place."

Serie A table

# Team MP D P
1 38 +47 87
2 38 +37 78
3 38 +28 72
4 38 +28 70
5 38 +14 66
6 38 +15 62
7 38 +9 61
8 38 +4 56
9 38 -2 54
10 38 -1 49
11 38 -12 47
12 38 -15 45
13 38 -6 44
14 38 -8 42
15 38 -17 40
16 38 -9 39
17 38 -14 38
18 38 -20 32
19 38 -21 30
20 38 -57 22