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 By Richard Hall

Inter Milan's Mancini faces tactical conundrum for derby

Roberto Mancini's narrow 4-3-1-2 has yielded two wins to open Inter's Serie A campaign.
Roberto Mancini's narrow 4-3-1-2 has yielded two wins to open Inter's Serie A campaign.

Inter Milan manager Roberto Mancini was upbeat and even fairly blase as he discussed his team's friendly defeat to Calcio Lecco of Serie D. His eyes perhaps betrayed him somewhat; while explaining that he was "just trying things out," there seemed to be a frustration that it had not worked. With the transfer window closed the Inter coach now has all the components he asked for to create the style of play he wants. He does however face a conundrum of the "stick or twist" variety. He has maximum...

 By Richard Hall

Stevan Jovetic a steal for Inter Milan but squad still needs trimming

ESPN FC's TV panel reacts to Hernandes leaving Inter to join Juventus.

With the transfer window closed it's time to look at Inter Milan's ins and outs and whether Roberto Mancini can be pleased with his summer business.


Geoffrey Kondogbia (Monaco, €28 million); Ivan Perisic (Wolfsburg, €19m); Jeison Murillo (Granada, €8m); Felipe Melo (Galatasaray, €3.5m); Miranda (Atletico Madrid, €3m); Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City, €3m loan); Adem Ljajic (Roma, €1.6m loan) Alex Telles (Galatasaray, €3m); Martin Montoya (Barcelona...

 By Richard Hall

Inter Milan's pragmatism a new element under Roberto Mancini

From Juventus' historically bad start to the season, to Torino's historically good one, here are five things you didn't know about the second week of Serie A action.

There were no nerves in Stevan Jovetic's eyes as he stepped up to take the penalty awarded in the dying embers of Sunday night's game. Carpi had drawn level late on, but when the Montenegrin took the seven short steps before placing the ball coolly to the Carpi goalkeeper Zeljko Brkic's right, there was a glint in his eye. The simple fact of the matter is that Inter had not been on form for the second match in a row. But now, with a resolute attitude and a more solid foundation, they had made...

 By Richard Hall

Inter Milan need Erik Lamela as much as the Tottenham forward needs them

ESPN FC's Gabriele Marcotti doubts that Inter Milan will be able to secure the funds necessary to do anything other than loan Erik Lamela from Tottenham Hotspur, which may not be enough to satisfy the English side.

"Keep your hands off Lamela" read the banner outside Roma's Trigoria training ground back in 2013. 25,000 fans had gathered to watch the Giallorossi's final training session of the season and the message was clear. Seen as Francesco Totti's successor, Erik Lamela was on his way to Tottenham Hotspur much to the infuriation of fans. After two unsuccessful years, the Argentine is in talks with Inter but there will be no such banners in North London.

Lamela's father Jose told Gazzetta Dello Sport...

 By Richard Hall

Inter celebrate Jovetic's winner but Mancini knows there is work to do

Here are five things that you need to know after the first week of Serie A.

Considering that only seconds were left in the match, it was scandalous that Stevan Jovetic was allowed so much space to score Inter's late winner vs. Atalanta. Still, that did not mean he still didn't have a lot to do and, as his right foot curler flew into the far corner, the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza erupted in relief.

The Nerazzurri managed a win but the performance was far from perfect. As dominant as it was, there are still areas of improvement needed. However, the last-gasp goal from the Montenegrin...

 By Richard Hall

Inter must be focused vs. Atalanta despite summer of transfer activity

Roberto Mancini is focused on the transfer market but must concentrate on Sunday's season opener.

The departure of Mateo Kovacic to Real Madrid has certainly shifted Inter's focus. In truth the transfer happened so quickly that in some respects it was a blessing. However, it now leaves the Nerazzurri scurrying around for replacements with the season about to start. Inter have always had to beware of the boys from Bergamo and this Sunday's match will be no exception. Roberto Mancini needs to make the tie against Atalanta as his number one priority despite a much-needed recruitment drive.