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 By Richard Hall

Shaqiri, Podolski, Kovacic & Icardi: Inter's new dawn under Mancini

Lukas Podolski and Xherdan Shaqiri both impressed for Inter Milan in their 2-0 Coppa Italia win over Sampdoria.

Since arriving at Inter Milan for his second spell in charge, Roberto Mancini has been craving one thing in his team: width. After much hard work, he has now has it following Lukas Podolski and Xherdan Shaqiri's arrival. In combination with future stars Mateo Kovacic and Mauro Icardi, Inter now look like a very different animal.

Mancini was trying his best to drag his team into Christmas employing damage limitation before the winter break gave him a chance to re-group. Once he had the team to himself...

 By Richard Hall

Roberto Mancini calls Inter 'useless' but he deserves some blame, too

Roberto Mancini was left frustrated as his Inter Milan side drew a blank against Empoli.

Inter coach Roberto Mancini was quite rightly infuriated by his side's 0-0 draw at Empoli on Saturday, labelling his flops as "useless."

The dull and damp backdrop at the Stadio Carlo Castellani seemed to have an effect on Inter, who did nothing to deserve their stalemate. Good performances against Juventus and Genoa had given their fans hope, but the Nerazzurri were sloppy and deserved their tongue-lashing from the boss.

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Mancini will have a number of issues to mull over when he returns to the...

 By Richard Hall

Tough decisions for Mancini ahead of Inter's trip to Empoli

Xherdan Shaqiri is confident in his decision to play for Inter after turning down interest from multiple clubs.

Inter are in a buoyant mood as they travel to Tuscany to face Empoli on Saturday. Reinvigorated under manager Roberto Mancini, they have been a different team after the winter break and will be looking to continue their good form this weekend. The match could see his team eventually resemble the one the Nerazzurri coach has been craving, especially with hailed signing Xherdan Shaqiri possibly making his debut.

Empoli will not be looking forward to the visit from the Milanese giants. Four draws...

 By Uli Hesse

Podolski the latest chapter in Inter's long history of Germans

Lukas Podolski wants to help Inter Milan get back to their position as one of the top clubs in European football.

When Lukas Podolski was officially presented as an Inter player on Thursday, he said an important reason he decided to join the Nerazzurri was that he had "positive meetings with Piero Ausilio and Roberto Mancini," the director of sport and the coach, respectively.

But Podolski was also aware of the fact that Inter have a long and occasionally very successful history of German players. When he was a kid, growing up in Bergheim near Cologne, West Germany won the 1990 World Cup in Italy largely...

 By Richard Hall

Roberto Mancini's culture change at Inter is having a big impact

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti examines Inter's unbeaten streak under the helm of Robert Mancini.

The Nerazzurri put in a fine display to see off high-flying Genoa in a 3-1 win at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza this weekend. The energy and determination that Roberto Mancini's team showed in their last game against Juventus was evident in their latest performance. The side's scintillating first half display rocked the away side but the second half was not as convincing and will be a timely reminder of the distance they still need to travel.

The Curva Nord (supporters section) was in full voice as...

 By Richard Hall

Enter Shaqiri: Swiss star set to change the landscape at Inter Milan

Xherdan Shaqiri is the latest transfer to elude Liverpool. Is their status fading?

Italian defences have already been terrorised by Xherdan Shaqiri this season -- and now he's ready to do it regularly. The Swiss star scored the seventh in Bayern Munich's incredible 7-1 rout against Roma in October, and he will return to Italy an important man for Inter Milan rather than a spare part on the unstoppable Bayern machine.

The fact that Shaqiri was not a first-team regular for Bayern just goes to show why the Bavarians are the most feared team in Europe. To have captured the 23-year-old's...