NEWS
Saturday February 5 2011
Inter accept Chivu four-match ban

Inter have announced they will not appeal against Cristian Chivu's four-match ban. “We appreciated the sincerity of his apology.”

Chivu escaped punishment when he punched Marco Rossi in the face during Inter's 3-0 win at Bari on Thursday evening.

Video evidence was used to inflict a four-match ban and the defender tearfully apologised to Rossi on live television.

“The club appreciated the sincerity of Chivu's apology to everyone after the incident in Bari-Inter,” read a statement.

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Saturday February 5 2011
Materazzi: 'Give Inter back 2002 title!'

Inter hero Marco Materazzi says “Milan are the team to beat, but watch out for Roma,” while he makes an audacious Calciopoli claim.

Juventus were stripped of the 2004-05 and 2005-06 titles with the latter handed to the Nerazzurri, but are preparing legal action to have them reinstated following a new trial.

“Juve want their Scudetti back? Well they shouldn't ask us, as I would take back the one we lost on May 5 2002,” snapped Matrix on Chiambretti Night.

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NEWS
Saturday February 5 2011
Cassano: 'Mou blocked my Inter move'

Antonio Cassano gave a long interview predicting absolute success for Milan and revealing “Inter wanted me, but Jose Mourinho didn't.”

The forward has had a chaotic few months following his legal battle with Sampdoria and January transfer to San Siro.

“It really is true that Milan are like a big family,” he told the Gazzetta dello Sport.

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NEWS
Saturday February 5 2011
Leonardo: 'Inter-Roma is intense!'

Leonardo expects tomorrow night's Inter-Roma to be “as intense as always and can give important signals for this season.”

The Coach was won all but one of his matches in charge since replacing Rafa Benitez and climbed up to third place with a game in hand.

“The confrontation between Inter and Roma is a tradition now with so many recent examples at the highest level. It will be a great match, as intense as always and can give important signals for this season.

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Saturday February 5 2011
Totti ruled out of Inter clash

Francesco Totti has been ruled out of Sunday night's clash between Inter and Roma after coming down with flu.

The captain is still in bed with a fever and will not even make the trip up to San Siro.

David Pizarro is also still absent following a long injury lay-off, though Matteo Brighi does recover in time.

Philippe Mexes begins sitting out his two-match ban for insulting the officials in Wednesday night's 1-1 draw with Brescia.

Defender Simone Loria is added to the squad for the first time this season.

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Saturday February 5 2011
Allegri: 'Inter don't worry Milan'

Max Allegri insists he is happy with Alexandre Pato's performance and not concerned by Inter. “Nobody thought they were out of the Scudetto race.”

Milan's lead at the top of the table now stands at five points, but the Nerazzurri have a game in hand and climbed to third place.

“Are we worried? No more than we were before. Nobody thought they were out of the Scudetto race, especially not me,” said the Coach.

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Saturday February 5 2011
Ranieri expects 'exciting' Inter-Roma

Claudio Ranieri confirms Roma change their tactics without Francesco Totti in “a difficult, exciting and no doubt great performance against Inter.”

The Giallorossi have battled against their rivals for the last few years in the Scudetto, Coppa Italia and Italian Super Cup, but purely in Serie A are unbeaten at San Siro since 2005.

“It will be a difficult, exciting and no doubt great performance against Inter,” smiled the Coach.

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Saturday February 5 2011
Rossi reveals Chivu apology

Marco Rossi reveals Cristian Chivu called him to apologise again for punching him in the face.

The Inter defender escaped unpunished during the 3-0 win at Bari when lashing out in an off-the-ball incident.

“Cristian called me again to apologise,” explained Rossi on Radio Sportiva.

“As far as I am concerned, the matter is closed.”

Chivu was handed a four-match ban for violent conduct and Inter confirmed they will not appeal against the decision.

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BLOG ITALIA
Friday February 4 2011
Far eastern promise

Yuto Nagatomo became Inter's first Japanese player when he joined in January. Rob Paton looks at where his real value for the Nerazzurri is

In signing Yuto Nagatomo, Inter simultaneously captured a solid left-back – notoriously a difficult position for the Nerazzurri – and opened up to a new fanbase. Drawing attention for his astute play for Japan at the 2010 World Cup Nagatomo attracted a lot of interest. Whilst Bologna and Roma considered bids, it was Cesena who picked him up on a loan deal from FC Tokyo, and within six months he has gone from a relative unknown at a relegation candidate to a member of the Italian treble winners' squad and cited as one of the League's best in his position.

NEWS
Friday February 4 2011
Julio Cesar takes Scudetto lift

Inter goalkeeper Julio Cesar says his side have caught the Serie A lift which is heading for the top floor.

The Nerazzurri have recovered from a problematic start to the season since the appointment of Leonardo and they are making strides in the standings.

Last night's 3-0 win at Bari saw another three points clawed back and they are now joint third in the table, just seven points behind leaders Milan and with a game in hand.

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