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Roberto Mancini has rebuilt Inter into a throwback side all about athleticism

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti runs through all of the talking points from a busy weekend in the Serie A.
Inter manager Roberto Mancini has gambled in creating an Inter side that places a premium on athleticism over technique and pressing.

Inter manager Roberto Mancini has gambled in creating an Inter side that places a premium on athleticism over technique and pressing.Twelve years ago I sat in the bowels of a newly built, half-empty stadium in Qatar and enjoyed a long chat with a rather depressed Pep Guardiola. He was still just 32 and playing for a team called Al Ahly.

Reflecting on how Johan Cruyff had handed him the keys to Barcelona's Dream Team more than a decade earlier he said: "Football was different back then. If I were...

 By Richard Hall

Inter respond to Fiorentina setback with a positive result at Sampdoria

From Juventus' second Serie A win this season, to Fiorentina's historic run, here's five things you didn't know about the weekend's Serie A action.
Ivan Perisic helped Inter remain second in Serie A with a game-drawing goal vs. Sampdoria.

Inter Milan manager Roberto Mancini claimed his team had earned an acceptable 1-1 draw against a good Sampdoria team. By the end of play on Sunday night, Inter sat in second place in the Serie A table, only two points behind leaders Fiorentina. While it is true that the start of the season has witnessed the Nerazzurri pick up enough points hold a healthy position in the standings, it has also highlighted the fact that there is still much work to do.

Inter vice-president, Javier Zanetti, eluded to...

 By Richard Hall

Can Mancini, Inter Milan rebound from their first setback of the season?

Roberto Mancini, right, hopes to get Inter back on track after losing to Fiorentina.

No one can blame Inter for wanting to get back on the pitch as quickly as possible and move past what was a crazy match at the San Siro in a 4-1 loss to Fiorentina. The defeat ended their five-game winning streak to start the season but the team remains resolute.

With a trip to Sampdoria ahead this weekend, the Nerazzurri are focused in continuing their form prior to the Fiorentina match. The plan is to hit back harder and put last week's result down as an anomaly rather than the norm.


 By Richard Hall

Inter defeat to Fiorentina reinforces the need for a more expansive system

Inter had little to be happy about after being thumped 4-1 at the hands of Fiorentina.

The message from the Curva Nord simply added to the expectation that continues to build in San Siro. The banner announced that every Sunday they would be with Inter continually.

The feeling in Milan is born out of their current excellent run of form. Five wins in a row saw them sit on top of the Serie A table with maximum points. So far this season, the Nerazzurri have defended well, and before the game against the Florentines kicked off, they had conceded only one goal all season.


 By Richard Hall

Inter have impressive Serie A start but it's too early to think about title

The ESPN FC panel weigh in on Inter Milan's hot start to the season and discuss whether or not they can actually win the Scudetto.

Felipe Melo's headed goal to seal Inter Milan's 1-0 win over Hellas Verona on Wednesday was impressive. It was reminiscent of Pedro Troglio's goal against the Soviet Union in the 1990 World Cup held in Italy. Not only for its precision but also in the player who scored it, a no-nonsense South American whose determination overcame style.

Robust functionality is a criticism that has landed at Inter manager Roberto Mancini's door more than once this term as his team has grinded its way through...

 By Richard Hall

Inter Milan building character and strength in Serie A campaign

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti reviews all the big storylines from the weekend in the Serie A, including Francesco Totti's 300th goal for AS Roma and Inter Milan's fourth consecutive league win.

Felipe Melo is as intense in his play as he is in his rhetoric. Speaking after Inter's 1-0 victory in Verona against Chievo, Melo highlighted what his team needed to do moving forward.

"Inter must always target the Scudetto. Inter are Inter, one of the biggest clubs in the world. We have to think of winning every single game. We are warriors, have formed a big family and with God's help can go as far as possible," Melo said to Sky Sport Italia.

Despite Melo sounding like an extract from the...