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Friday February 7 2020
The importance of being Brozovic

It’s difficult to gauge just how much Marcelo Brozovic brings to this Inter midfield until they have to do without him, argues Tommaso Adami.

The first time Marcelo Brozovic set foot at San Siro was on November 16, 2014, when Croatia played Antonio Conte's Italy in the fourth match of the 2016 European Championship qualifiers. Marcelo, who was turning 22 that day, was then a promising midfielder at Dinamo Zagreb. Little did he he know that, only two months later, that very stadium would become his home and, five years down the line, the opposition's manager would coach him at Inter, making him the pre-eminent midfield pawn in his title-challenging side.

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Wednesday January 29 2020
Barella: 'I don't do easy goals!'

Nicolò Barella joked that he only scores difficult goals, as Inter pushed past Fiorentina 2-1 to set up a Coppa Italia semi-final with Napoli.

The young Italy international scored the winner after Antonio Candreva and Martin Caceres goals, a scorching volley from the edge of the box.

“I tried and it went right into the far bottom corner. I must learn to score easier goals,” smiled Barella on Rai Sport.

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Wednesday January 29 2020
Coppa: Inter volley eliminates Viola

Nicolò Barella’s scorching volley sealed Inter’s hard-fought 2-1 win over Fiorentina on Christian Eriksen’s debut, setting up a Coppa Italia semi-final with Napoli.

They will face Napoli in a two-legged semi-final, while the other semi is between Juventus and Milan.

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Tuesday January 21 2020
Conte can't complain now

Antonio Conte can no longer complain at a lack of options, argues Emmet Gates, as Inter are giving the moaning coach everything he asks for.

“We are talking about players who, apart from Diego Godin, have never won anything. Who do we turn to? Nicolò Barella, who has come from Cagliari? Or Stefano Sensi, who came from Sassuolo?”

These are perhaps Antonio Conte’s most infamous words of the season. Bellowed in the aftermath of Inter’s 3-2 defeat to Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League in November, it was Conte at his crabbiest: bemoaning a lack of alternatives in his squad.

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Thursday January 16 2020
Barella: 'Conte has helped me a lot'

Nicolò Barella said Antonio Conte “makes you give 110 per cent” as he wants to “repay” Inter for the faith they’ve shown him.

The youngster has proven to be ready for the big step up to play at San Siro and help Inter challenge Juventus for the Scudetto.

And the 22-year-old revealed Conte has “helped me a lot” since his €25m move from Cagliari last summer.

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Thursday January 16 2020
Eriksen the right man for Inter

Christian Eriksen looks set join Inter from Tottenham Hotspur, so Karsten Krogh examines whether the Dane is a good fit for Antonio Conte and Serie A.

Christian Eriksen will turn 28 in February and should be at the absolute peak of his powers the next couple of years. He has never been particularly quick and thus never had to rely on his speed. He is almost never injured and he has been used to playing many games over a season. Last term he played 35 Premier League matches (eight goals and 12 assists) and 12 in the Champions League (two goals and four assists). Statistically, he is often the player on the pitch who has run the most after Tottenham’s games. 

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Monday December 16 2019
Inter ask Man Utd for Matic

Inter are considering an approach for Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic in January, according to The Telegraph.

Inter signed Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez from the English side last summer, and they might go back once more for the Serbian midfielder.

Antonio Conte has repeatedly demanded reinforcements, especially in midfield where the absences of Nicolo Barella and Stefano Sensi have been keenly felt.  

The Telegraph states that Inter could be prepared to sign Matic in the winter transfer window.

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Saturday November 30 2019
Inter give injury updates

Inter gave injury updates on Alexis Sanchez, Stefano Sensi – who requires a new consultation – Kwadwo Asamoah and Nicolò Barella.

The Nerazzurri released a statement via their medical staff, as coach Antonio Conte said during the press conference that it was best to leave these announcements to the club doctors.

Sensi continues to feel pain in the adductor of his right thigh, so will require a new specialist consultation next week.

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Wednesday November 27 2019
Barella surgery successful

Inter and Italy midfielder Nicolò Barella underwent keyhole surgery on his knee this morning and is expected to be out until 2020.

The former Cagliari man sprained his right knee during the 3-0 win at Torino and a fragment of cartilage had become detached.

It was removed from the kneecap using keyhole surgery in Rozzano this morning.

A statement from Inter confirmed the operation was a success and he will begin rehabilitation over the next few days.

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Wednesday November 27 2019
Probable line-ups: Slavia Prague vs Inter

Inter are facing a midfield injury crisis as they take on Slavia Prague tonight in a must-win game for the Nerazzurri.

It kicks off at the Eden Arena at 20.00 GMT.

Nicolo Barella was taken off at half time during the 3-0 win over Torino and the midfielder requires knee surgery, sidelining the player for at least a month.

Antonio Conte is also without Kwadwo Asamoah, who joins Stefano Sensi, Alexis Sanchez and Barella on the injured list.

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