Candreva Trained With Inter Teammates Tonight Ahead Of Milan Derby

Antonio Candreva trained with the rest of the team earlier tonight ahead of tomorrow’s first Derby della Madonnina of the season according to a report from Sky Sport.

The Italian, who has undergone a real transformation since Antonio Conte took charge of the club in the Summer, sustained bruising to his back in Inter’s 1-0 win over Udinese at the weekend and was forced off the field and missed Tuesday night’s 1-1 draw against Slavia Prague in the opening round of the Champions League.

Although training regularly, Conte could still decide not to risk him and has his replacement already limed-up in the shape of Danilo D’Ambrosio.

D’Ambrosio, who has primarily played as a centre back this season, will slot in at right wing back should Candreva not be in the right condition which will also allow for Diego Godin to come back into the starting XI as he will take D’Ambrosio’s place.

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Altobelli: “If You Scored In Milan Derby & Inter Won, You Were Considered A God”

Ahead of this weekend’s Derby della Madonnina, legendary Inter striker Alessandro Altobelli has spoken on how goals scored in the Milan derby are viewed dependent on the end result in the match.

“If you scored a goal but lost the game, the goal was worth nothing because in Milan all that is looked at is the victors. If you scored and Inter won however, you were considered a God,” he said in an interview with Milan based news outlet Gazzetta dello Sport.

Altobelli, who spent 11 years on Inter’s books and is one of the top 10 scorers in club history, then shared his views on Inter club record signing Romelu Lukaku, who arrived at the club in the Summer transfer window from Premier League club Manchester United.

“Lukaku? He is the man that Antonio Conte wanted. Even when he does not score in matches, his work for the team is very useful.”

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Inter & AC Milan To Launch Limited Edition Beer Cans In Association With Peroni

Inter and AC Milan have teamed up with Birra Peroni to release limited edition beer cans dedicated to 10 memorable Milan derby moments, the clubs have both revealed.

Five cans will be dedicated to Inter and the other five to Milan and will feature team graphics from the memorable matches.

Peroni is already the official beer sponsor of both clubs and has been for just over a year and the latest products of their partnership will be put on the market later this month.

AC Milan have released the below promotional video to showcase their cans with some club legends who took part in the games showing them off.

Cinque leggende rossonere hanno rivissuto i loro Derby preferiti. E il vostro qual è? #derbyperoni#StrongerTogether #SempreMilan@Birra_Peroni pic.twitter.com/6hU0S3dpS6

— AC Milan (@acmilan) September 20, 2019

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Antonio Cassano: “Inter Will Win Serie A, They Will Progress In Champions League”

Antonio Cassano believes that Inter will be the 2019/20 Serie A champions and that the Nerazzurri should progress to the knockout stages of the Champions League but first spoke on the difference in quality between when he played to football today.

“The football I played was made up of players who really knew how to play and today in Serie A there are about five players who could have played back when I did at the start,” he said in an interview with Corriere della Sera.

He was then asked for his prediction on who he thinks will win Serie A to which he simply responded: “Inter.”

He concluded by discussing how he thinks the Italian sides will fare in the Champions League and who he hopes will win the competition.

“Inter will go through because it is stronger than Borussia Dortmund; Napoli and Juventus will have no problems in getting through their groups and as for Atalanta, Manchester City aside, they have a good chance at progression.

“I very much hope Barcelona win it. I have a real passion for Lionel Messi, my second son is named Lionel for that reason. He is the greatest player in history. He is like Roger Federer in Tennis. There is him and then all the others.”

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Ibrahim Maaroufi: “Leaving Inter Was A Mistake, I Could’ve Done More”

Former Inter youth prospect Ibrahim Maaroufi has shared his regrets about how things panned out for him at Inter.

Maaroufi joined Inter back in 2006 aged 17 but struggled for play time and left the club permanently in 2009. Now 30, he has since went on to represent another 12 teams and has certainly not had the career he envisaged as a youngster.

“I have so many memories from my time with Inter. I would say that getting to play with world champions like Marco Materazzi and Fabio Grosso is up there are one of the best,” he explained in an interview with FCInterNews.it.

“I was very young and had just joined one of the most famous and best clubs in the world. It was unforgettable. I was also training with people like Luis Figo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Waking up and knowing you were working with them was incredible. There were too many strong players to name just one, the things you saw in training were really incredible. Figo and Olivier Dacourt were like brothers to me.”

He then spoke on his Inter debut and realisation that regular playing time would not be a thing for him.

“It was a dream come true. With all due respect to the Belgian and Dutch leagues I was not playing there but in Serie A. I am proud to have played because in the last game of his career Javier Zanetti had a special captain’s armband inscirbed with all his teammates names on it, mines included.

“I knew I could not have had much game time with Inter as there were great players ahead of me. I asked to leave in order to play and in hindsight it was a mistake.”

“Piero Ausilio wanted me to stay and I spoke to him not long ago. He says I could have become more and more important over time, maybe even the team captain, who knows.”

He then moved to dispel the idea he had a poor attitude.

“It is not so. I have always respected everyone. It is difficult from a very young age. I was 17, I was alone, far from my parents. I should have been more serious and kept my feet on the ground but at that age it’s not easy if you are at one of the best clubs in the world. I could have done more but life is like that, you have to go on.”

He then spoke on current Inter manager Antonio Conte.

“With Conte, Inter can have a good season. Juventus remains strong, but Inter is first in my eyes. They need to think game after game and for the time being we are ahead of everyone. I hope that we can do something beautiful.

He also discussed tomorrow night’s Derby della Madonnina.

“As an Interista, I say we win, but they need to beware. The Nerazzurri are favourites but the derby but there are always special pitfalls in the derby.”

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Inter Defender de Vrij: “The Derby Is Very Important, I Think We’ll Win”

Stefan de Vrij has revealed that he thinks he and his Inter teammates will be successful in tomorrow night’s first Derby della Madonnina of the season against city rivals AC Milan.

“The derby is a beautiful game to play in and it is very important for both teams. A result must be achieved. My prediction for the match? I think we will win,” the Dutch central defender, who is in his second year at the Nerazzurri, said in an interview with Italian broadcaster Sport Mediaset.

The match is scheduled for a 20:45 local time kick-off.

🌌 | DERBY!

A letter from the night: SOUND ON 🔊#DerbyMilano #NotForEveryone #ForzaInter pic.twitter.com/FVh6Vu9NIU

— Inter (@Inter_en) September 20, 2019

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Ex-Inter Goalkeeper Walter Zenga: “Slavia Prague Result Shouldn’t Take Away From All The Good Done So Far This Season”

Walter Zenga has insisted that Inter should not let their disappointing performance against Slavia Prague ruin all that has went well for the club recently.

The Nerazzurri scraped a draw against the Czech champions in the Champions League group stage on Tuesday night having not performed all that well.

“As Antonio Conte said the performance was not what everyone expected, but it is not a result that should take away from all the good that has been done so far. When you start a new project it takes time. Inter has all the potential to play for the Scudetto,” he told Tutto Mercato Web radio.

Next, Zenga shared his views on some of Inter’s Summer transfer window acquisitions.

“Inter brought in Stefano Sensi, Cristiano Biraghi, Nicolo Barella, who are all young Italian players with a lot of quality. Romelu Lukaku then came in too and it is normal that a coach wants to bring in players that he trusts.”

He then spoke on the two managers of both AC Milan and Inter ahead of tomorrow night’s derby at San Siro.

“Both clubs have changed coach and philosophy. Giampaolo knows it, I respect it. He had the courage to go down to Serie C to get back in the game: he needs time. On the Inter side, however, there is one of the best coaches in the world, who categorically rejects the idea of defeat: it will be a nice derby.”

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Inter & AC Milan’s New Stadium Plans Presentation Delayed

Inter and AC Milan’s presentation of the plans for their proposed new stadium to the city council has been delayed for a few days according to a report from Corriere della Sera.

The presentation was due to take place this coming Tuesday but has been pushed back a few days for as yet unknown reasons and it could now instead take place on Friday September 27.

“During the week, meetings will also begin between the council committees, which will then have to convince the Palazzo Marino to write an address document that offers the go-ahead for the final administrative act signed by the council: the definition of a work of public interest for the city,” the report also explains.

“However, the municipal council is far from being convinced on the need to declare the San Siro is an essential project for Milan. In this moment, on the contrary, the opposites seem to overcome the enthusiasts.”

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Inter Manager Conte: “AC Milan Are Very Good, We Must Try To Eradicate Bad Habits, Lukaku Is Fine”

Antonio Conte has held his press conference in the press room at Inter’s Angelo Moratti Sports Centre training ground ahead of tomorrow’s first Derby della Madonnina of the season.

“I expect a typical derby, all the derbies are special and it will be no different tomorrow. We will be facing a very good team and have tried to prepare ourselves for it in the best way possible,” he began.

“We try to put the maximum commitment and give our best performances in all our matches. Sometimes we succeed better in games than in others but the boys always put in great commitment. We know we have so much to work and things to improve on but this does not scare us.”

Conte then proceeded to discuss the reported spat between Romelu Lukaku and Marcelo Brozovic following the Slavia Prague match.

“In general there is a lot said in newspapers and on TV about Inter. If in past years a lot has filtered out of the dressing room then we cannot accept it today. Perhaps other cubs are better at protecting certain situations. We have to improve on this so much, we have a lot of room for growth away from the pitch.”

He then spoke on the importance of winning games but also a downside to it.

“We have to play every game with a view to winning. Victory brings about a lot of positivity and enthusiasm. At the same time, it sometimes leads to complacency and we must be good at managing these situations. I would always like to win.”

Next Conte was asked what went wrong on Tuesday night as Inter drew 1-1 with Slavia Prague in the Champions League.

“The reasons for Tuesday’s game are first and foremost a strong opponent, who proved themselves last year in the Europa League. We will experience games like this. We have many boys who played for the first time in the Champions League whilst many others do not even have 10 appearances in the competition which suggests that experience counts for a lot.”

He was then asked what he made of Giovanni Trappatoni’s previous comments of Inter being like a centrifuge.

“What the masters say is not to be discussed [laughs]. You know how fond I am of the coach and how much I owe him.

“For sure it is not easy but we must try to eradicate any bad habits. For now we have focused on the pitch but even off it there are bad habits. We must be more impermeable but we will try to grow in this aspect. We do not only want to win on the field but off it too. This must be very clear.”

Romelu Lukaku was recently subjected to racist abuse and Conte then shared his views on the problem Italy are facing.

“It is getting worse and worse. I have came back to Italy after three years away and found everything to be worse. There is a lot of hatred and resentment. This is very bad and we are all guilty for this happening. We cannot exempt ourselves. I think it is bad for the generations that are coming because they are born in front of the keyboard reading hate and violence.

“The solution would be to send positive messages. Do not stir up violence. I think that communication has a very important role in this because the reader can read hatred or positive things and can continue on a certain wave.”

He was then asked about Brozovic’s perceived downturn in form in recent matches but stuck up for the Croatian.

“We are talking about a player who had a great start to the season. I am very happy with him, he is another player in our squad that has important margins for growth and can become one of the strongest in Europe.”

He concluded by discussing the fitness situations of Antonio Candreva, Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez.

“We will evaluate Candreva today. Lukaku has had a back injury but he is now fine. Alexis is working well and is taking important steps to get closer to being considered for the starting XI. He can add experience and a bit of competitive nastiness but we are waiting for him to provide the answers we are looking for.”

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