Former Inter Striker Aldo Serena: “Playing Behind Closed Doors Isn’t Nice But Nothing Else Can Be Done In This Situation”

Former Inter and Juventus striker Aldo Serena has commented on the news that this weekend’s Derby D’Italia between two of his former employers looks set be played behind closed doors.

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak in Italy, the match looks set to be played without fans at the Allianz Stadium with an official announcement expected to arrive soon.

“It is a great loss to the side that plays at home as the fans give you that extra determination and psyche you up more,” he began an interview with Italian broadcaster Sport Mediaset earlier today before going on to reflect on his personal experiences in playing in games played behind closed doors.

“I played a match in the Champions League behind closed doors we won but we struggled and certainly missed having the fans there.

“It is not nice for football to be played behind closed doors. It is a pity that this is the case but nothing else can be done in this situation.”

Serena spent a total of 11 years on Inter’s books between the years 1978 and 1985 and then 1987 to 1991 although he did spend four of those years out on loan with Como, Bari, AC Milan and Torino.

Serena made a total of 223 appearances across all competitions in an Inter shirt, in which he scored 78 goals and provided 11 assists. During his time with the Nerazzurri, he won a total of four trophies, including one UEFA Cup and one Serie A title.

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Italian Report Claims Rigoberto Rivas Could Sign Contract Extension With Inter

Honduran international midfielder Rigoberto Rivas’ future with Inter is currently uncertain according to a report from FCInterNews.it.

Rivas is currently out on loan at Serie C side Reggina until the end of this season but whether he returns to Inter or not come the end of the season remains to be seen.

As per the report, should Reggina secure promotion to Serie B, they could well look to reach an agreement over a permanent transfer with Inter over the 21-year-old.

The report goes on to state that Rivas could in fact even pen a one year contract extension with Inter, where he is already under contract until the end of the 2021/22 season.

Rivas joined Inter at youth level back in the Summer of 2016 but he has never made a first team appearance for the Nerazzurri in a competitive match.

This season Rivas has made 14 appearances across all competitions in which he has scored one goal and provided three assists for his teammates.

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Sebastiano Esposito Trained Fully With Rest Of Inter Team Today Ahead Of Ludogorets Clash

Sebastiano Esposito participated in training alongside the rest of his teammates today ahead of Inter’s match at home to Ludogorets according to a report from FCInterNews.it.

The teen sensation has been out injured with a thigh problem as of late and partly trained with his teammates yesterday but was back in full training with them today ahead of the Europa League round of 32 second leg match tomorrow.

Multiple reports have suggested that the highly rated Italian youth international may even be given the chance to start the match against the reigning Bulgarian champions, which is to be played behind closed doors due to the Coronavirus outbreak in Italy.

Roberto Gagliardini and Stefano Sensi did not take part in training as they continue to try and recover from their respective injuries. The midfield duo will both miss the match at San Siro alongside Lautaro Martinez, Kwadwo Asamoah and club captain Samir Handanovic.

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Bastoni, Barella & Lukaku Will Return To Starting Line-Up For Inter’s Match With Ludogorets Tomorrow

Inter manager Antonio Conte will make a trio of changes to the side that started in last week’s Europa League round of 32 first leg against Ludogorets for tomorrow night’s second leg according to a report from FCInterNews.it.

Alessandro Bastoni is to come in at centre back in place of Diego Godin to enable the Uruguayan player time to rest ahead of this weekend’s Derby D’Italia against Juventus which he is largely expected to start in alongside Stefan de Vrij and Milan Skriniar.

Nicolo Barella will also come back into the starting line-up for the match against the Bulgarian champions having started the first leg from the bench and he will take the place of Matias Vecino.

The final change concerns the attack where Romelu Lukaku will come in and partner Alexis Sanchez up top.

Probable Inter starting line-up (3-5-2): Daniele Padelli; Danilo D’Ambrosio, Andrea Ranocchia, Alessandro Bastoni; Victor Moses, Nicolo Barella, Borja Valero, Christian Eriksen, Cristiano Biraghi; Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez.

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Conte Will Field Very Different Looking Sides For Inter’s Next Matches With Ludogorets & Juventus

Inter manager Antonio Conte will field two very different looking teams in Inter’s next two games with Ludogorets and Juventus according to a report in today’s print edition of Gazzetta dello Sport.

Conte heavily rotated the squad from the norm for last week’s first leg triumph away to Ludogorets and the team will remain very much rotated for tomorrow night’s second leg at San Siro, which will be played behind closed doors due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

Andrea Ranocchia, Danilo D’Ambrosio and Alessandro Bastoni are likely to be the back three against Ludogorets whilst Milan Skriniar, Stefan de Vrij and Diego Godin will be the defenders against Juventus.

Victor Moses and Cristiano Biraghi will be the wing backs against the Bulgarians but will be replaced by Ashley Young and Danilo D’Ambrosio for the Derby D’Italia.

In midfield, Borja Valero and Christian Eriksen will start alongside one of Matias Vecino and Nicolo Barella whilst it is not entirely clear how Conte will line-up the midfield against Juventus.

In the attack, Alexis Sanchez is guaranteed to start against Ludogorets and could be partnered by Sebastiano Esposito which would mean Romelu Lukaku would get to rest ahead of the Juventus match which he will start in with Lautaro Martinez.

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Napoli’s Mertens’ Condition Will Be Reassessed Before Coppa Italia Clash With Inter

Napoli have confirmed that Dries Mertens’ condition will be reassessed in the coming days after he picked up an ankle injury.

The 32-year-old Belgian striker sustained the injury during last night’s Champions League knockout match versus Barcelona, in which he scored and became Napoli’s joint top goalscorer in club history alongside Marek Hamsik with 121 goals.

Mertens condition was assessed earlier on today by the club’s medical staff as the Azzurri club began their preparations for this weekend’s Serie A match at home to Torino. The tests highlighted that he had suffered a strong knock to his ankle.

It now remains to be seen whether or not Mertens will not only recover in time for the match against Torino but also the Coppa Italia semi final with Inter next mid-week.

Mertens absence would sure be a big blow to Gennaro Gattuso with Mertens have scored 12 goals and assisted five goals in 28 appearances this season.

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Inter Midfielder Valero: “We’ve Trained & Prepared Well For The Match With Ludogorets”

Inter central midfielder Borja Valero has shared his belief that he and his Inter teammates have prepared well for tomorrow’s Europa League round of 32 second leg match at home to Ludogorets.

The Nerazzurri come into this second leg in a very good position to progress having won the first leg in Razgrad, Bulgaria, 2-0 last week with thanks to goals from Christian Eriksen and Romelu Lukaku.

Inter have had some extra time between the first leg and tomorrow’s match due to this past Sunday’s Serie A match against Sampdoria being postponed as a result of the Coronavirus problem in Italy and Valero insists the team have put the extra time to good use.

“We have trained well and we have prepared for the match well and we hope to put in a good performance,” the 35-year-old Spaniard explained in an interview with Inter’s official club broadcaster Inter TV.

He went went on to speak more about the game itself which will be played behind closed doors at San Siro.

“The help the fans give at San Siro is important. It is full every game and we will miss it. We will give our best. We are not children, we will not take the match lightly. We must do our best and must be serious. I am doing good and I will try to make a contribution.”

In conclusion he was asked about this coming Sunday’s Derby D’Italia against Juventus: “We don’t think about it, it is only right to think about tomorrow.”

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Europa League, risultati ritorno sedicesimi – avanzano i Rangers, eliminato il Braga

I Glasgow Rangers si qualificano agli ottavi di finale di Europa League. Eliminato il Braga, giovedì tocca a Roma e Inter.

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Arsenal’s Aubameyang Is Inter’s Current Favourite To Replace Lautaro Martinez If He Departs

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is currently top of Inter’s shortlist of potential Lautaro Martinez replacements according to a report from FCInterNews.it.

Amid continued interest from Barcelona in Lautaro, Inter have started the process of finding a replacement so they are prepared in the event that the 22-year-old Argentine international striker departs the club come the end of this season.

Arsenal captain Aubameyang is the current favourite of the Inter management and there has already been contact made with his representatives over a possible move to the Nerazzurri.

Aubameyang aside, RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner is also a player of interest to Inter but the report warns a move for him would be particularly difficult with it looking likely that he will join Liverpool, who are ready to pay his €58 million release clause.

The report goes on to add that Inter like Napoli’s Dries Mertens too but are looking at him as more of a replacement for Alexis Sanchez rather than Lautaro Martinez.

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Inter Midfielder Borja Valero: “We’re Taking The Europa League Seriously”

In an interview with Italian broadcaster Sky Sport Italia, Borja Valero has shared his hopes for tomorrow’s Europa League round of 32 second leg match against Ludogorets.

“Tomorrow we will try to do the things we tried in training and put in the best possible performance on the pitch,” he started.

The Spaniard then went on to discuss the fact that the match is to be played behind closed doors in a bid to limit the potential spread of the Coronavirus which has recently reached Italy.

“Football is a source of entertainment and it will not be the same without the fans there but we have to do as we have been told. Regardless, we will face tomorrow’s game and the others in the best way.”

He was then asked about the upcoming Derby D’Italia against Juventus and if the team have been thinking about the game against the Bianconeri: “Before Juve there are many things in between, we have not had time to think about them yet.”

Next he spoke on the Europa League.

“We are taking the Europa League seriously and have done from the start. The further you go, the more interesting the competition becomes because you meet important teams and get to go to beautiful stadiums.”

This season the 35-year-old has found himself in and out of the team. He struggled to get in the team initially but had a prolonged period in the side as other midfielders were sidelined with injuries but he has found playing time hard to come by as of late.

He has made 14 appearances across all competitions to date this term, in which he has scored two goals. He is expected to add to his appearances tomorrow with many reports suggest he will start the match.

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