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 By Chris Wright

Birthday boy Roberto Mancini pranked by Inter players

With Roberto Mancini turning 51 years young on Friday, several of the more mischievous members of Inter Milan's senior squad decided to treat their manager to a traditional South American birthday prank.

Having secretly stashed a big bag of flour at the side of the pitch before training, Fredy Guarin, Felipe Melo and Mauro Icardi proceeded to sneak up on the unsuspecting Mancini and dump it all over his head!

 By Richard Hall

Inter Milan's defence to be put to the test by Napoli's Gonzalo Higuain

Inter boss Roberto Mancini has played down his team's title aspirations, despite their 4-0 weekend win over Frosinone.

The last time Inter Milan were in the San Paolo, Mauro Icardi chipped in an exquisite penalty to secure a 2-2 draw against 10-man Napoli last March. Much has changed since then, but as the teams prepare to face each on Monday night, the match may well be no less dramatic. The fixture sees first meet second, as two of Italy's best defences go head to head. The game will also be seen as an early indicator of both teams' title ambitions. While the Nerazzurri will be hoping that their Argentine striker,...

 By Richard Hall

Roberto Mancini's Inter find success while tinkering with pragmatic style

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Inter sit atop the Seire A table, but their tactics have attracted their fair share of flak.

Former AC Milan and Italy manager Arrigo Sacchi was speaking at a conference on Monday, and he made mention of Roberto Mancini's Inter and their style of play. La Gazzetta Dello Sport reported that Sacchi said that the Nerazzurri coach has revisited an "ancient style of football," which would not be appreciated outside of Italy. This came despite Inter romping home to a 4-0 home win against Frosinone on Sunday, and while his words at first sound harsh, they actually depicted the modern-day Inter...

 By Richard Hall

Mauro Icardi must seize his chance as Inter Milan face Frosinone

Inter Milan will be hoping Mauro Icardi finds his shooting boots this weekend against Frosinone.

Ahead of Inter Milan's Serie A match at home to Frosinone on Sunday, club sporting director Piero Ausilio made it adamantly clear that Mauro Icardi was not for sale.

With rumours that some of Europe's elite clubs are ready pry him away from the San Siro, the club were quick to confirm that Serie A's leading scorer last season was staying put.

The 22-year-old has been struggling to find the net at the same rate as he did last season, yet despite this, his team are joint top of Serie A. The upcoming...

Serie A title race evenly split between Inter, Roma, Lazio, Juve and Fiorentina

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti talks about the title contenders in Serie A this season, and where he feels they'll finish.

Serie A is senza Padrone. Without a boss. The lead just keeps changing hands.

Already this season three different teams have spent time alone at the top. Inter Milan did after making their best start in almost half a century. Fiorentina then beat them at San Siro to move into first place for the first time since Valentine's Day 1999. They were then lost to Roma and were overtaken by them. Back out in front and on their own 700 days after they last were, defeat to Inter then meant they slipped behind...

 By Richard Hall

Samir Handanovic continues to show how vital he is to Inter's season

Samir Handanovic has been exceptional for Inter this season, instrumental in their winning run.

In a world where football is revered for sublime finishing and incredible skill, less glamorous parts of the game get forgotten. Defending is certainly an art form that seems in some ways to be unappreciated, as does the role of the goalkeeper. Against Torino on Sunday, Samir Handanovic showed once again how essential the latter role is as he produced yet another superlative display that has kept his team competing near the top of Serie A.

Tactically speaking, Roberto Mancini got it spot on....