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Saturday September 15 2018
Handanovic underappreciated

Everyone at Inter is up for debate at the moment and Richard Hall notes that includes goalkeeper Samir Handanovic.

“As for Samir Handanovic, I'd start with an appointment to get his eyes tested. He needs to work on his mentality to stay focused for 90 minutes." (Sandro Mazzola)

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Monday August 27 2018
‘Handanovic needs his eyes tested’

Inter legend Sandro Mazzola has some stinging criticism for the current side, telling Samir Handanovic to “get his eyes tested”.

Despite a big summer transfer campaign the Nerazzurri have taken just one point from the first two Serie A matches, blowing a 2-0 lead against Torino last night.

“The players are there, maybe [Coach Luciano] Spalletti can’t make himself understood,” Mazzola told RMC Sport.

“The anti-Juve? These are excuses from the Coach for negative results, this team is lacking in terms of mentality.

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Wednesday November 8 2017
Happy birthday, Sandro Mazzola

Today is the 75th birthday of Inter legend Sandro Mazzola, a European Championship winner with Italy.

Alessandro was born in Turin on November 8, 1942 after his father, Valentino, signed for Torino.

Mazzola Sr was part of the ‘Grande Torino’ side which won the Scudetto five years in a row, a run interrupted by World War II.

Tragically, when Sandro was just six, his father and the entire Granata squad was killed in the Superga air disaster.

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Thursday May 25 2017
On This Day: Celtic beat the Grande Inter

On this day 50 years ago, Helenio Herrera’s ‘Grande Inter’ were stunned by Celtic in the European Cup final.

Herrera joined the Nerazzurri from Barcelona in 1960, and built what is arguably the greatest side in the club’s history.

The Argentine may not have invented catenaccio, as he would later claim, but he perfected it.

The Beneamata lined-up with defenders strictly man marking, with a sweeper zonally marking in behind to clean up anything which slipped through the net.

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Wednesday May 10 2017
Mazzola: 'Inter cannot blame Pioli'

Inter legend Sandro Mazzola feels the club was wrong to fire Coach Stefano Pioli. “Very few players proved they deserve the Inter jersey.”

The announcement that Pioli was sacked last night surprised everyone, including the Coach himself.

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Tuesday April 18 2017
Mazzola: Spalletti looking out for Totti

Inter legend Sandro Mazzola insists that Luciano Spalletti has limited Francesco Totti's playing time for the captain's 'own benefit'.

The 40-year-old has played a much-reduced role this term, leading to calls that he should have been given more playing time by the Coach.

"The way I see it, club icons like Totti should play a little more, but we would understand the situation better if we watched the training sessions," Mazzola told Corriere dello Sport.

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Thursday March 30 2017
Mazzola: ‘Inter can make CL’

Sandro Mazzola believes Inter can still qualify for the Champions League - “it’s when things are easy that they lose…”

The 74-year-old is a Nerazzurri legend, spending his whole career with the club and winning four Scudetti plus four European Cups.

“With Inter you never know,” Mazzola told Gazzamercato when asked about Champions League qualification.

“When things are impossible they can do them, it’s when things are easy that they have fear and lose.

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Thursday March 30 2017
Mazzola: ‘New Italy exciting’

Inter legend Sandro Mazzola believes Italy have an “exciting project”, and hits out at Arrigo Sacchi.

Sacchi criticised Giampiero Ventura’s Azzurri, but the 1968 European Championship winner has leapt to the CT’s defence.

“We’ve started a new and exciting project,” Mazzola told Gazzamercato.

“It’s early to start making proclamations, but I really liked the approach and character these lads showed. Of course there’s a long way to go, but we’re on the right road.

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Thursday March 2 2017
Mazzola: ‘Napoli won’t play kids’

Sandro Mazzola doesn’t believe Napoli will play their Primavera team against Juventus - “you say these things when you’re angry”.

Partenopei President Aurelio De Laurentiis reportedly threatened to play the youth team for the second leg of the Coppa Italia semi-final, in protest at the refereeing in the first game.

Mazzola made his debut when Inter fielded youngsters against Juve in 1961, scoring a penalty in a 9-1 defeat.

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Thursday December 22 2016
Mazzola: ‘Icardi better than Higuain’

Sandro Mazzola believes Inter can still qualify for the Champions League, and sees Mauro Icardi as better than Gonzalo Higuain.

The Nerazzurri struggled under Frank de Boer at the beginning of this season, but have won four games in a row in all competitions under Stefano Pioli.

“The worst is over,” Mazzola said in an interview with Tuttomercatoweb.

“More important than the win [over Lazio] is the manner they obtained it. I’m positive.

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