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Di Francesco lifting Roma to new heights

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Milan (AFP) – Eusebio Di Francesco has stamped his mark on AS Roma during a rollercoaster first season which has seen the side from the capital return to the Champions League semi-finals for the first time in 34 years.

The fast-talking 48-year-old, whose reputation is one of an astute tactician with a talent for attractive attacking football, replaced Luciano Spalletti, who departed for Inter Milan after a second-placed Serie A finish in 2016-17.

Icardi pinned back as Inter Milan miss chance to go third

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Milan (AFP) – Inter Milan were held to a goalless draw at Atalanta on Saturday, missing the chance to move third and back into the Champions League places ahead of AS Roma and Lazio.

Juventus and Napoli are on course for the first two Champions League spots with three teams fighting for the two remaining with Inter, Roma and Lazio now all on 60 points.

Derby gives in-form AC Milan chance to haul in Inter

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Milan (AFP) – In the midst of a superb run of results, AC Milan face stuttering city rivals Inter in the “Derby della Madonnina” this weekend looking to haul themselves right into Champions League contention in Serie A.

Sunday’s game will be the moment of truth for Inter coach Luciano Spalletti, as amid claims of dressing room quarrels the club have still not fully emerged from the crisis of recent weeks, despite last week’s win against bottom club Benevento.

Derby gives in-form AC Milan chance to haul in Inter

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Milan (AFP) – In the midst of a superb run of results, AC Milan face stuttering city rivals Inter in the “Derby della Madonnina” this weekend looking to haul themselves right into Champions League contention in Serie A.

Sunday’s game will be the moment of truth for Inter coach Luciano Spalletti, as amid claims of dressing room quarrels the club have still not fully emerged from the crisis of recent weeks, despite last week’s win against bottom club Benevento.

Skriniar, Ranocchia rescue dire Inter against Benevento

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Milan (AFP) – Milan Skriniar and Andrea Ranocchia nodded crisis-hit Inter Milan back up into third place in Serie A on Saturday with a hard-fought 2-0 win over bottom club Benevento.

It was only Luciano Spalletti’s side’s second win in two months and moves them up one point ahead of AS Roma who take on AC Milan on Sunday with Lazio a futher point back in fifth ahead of their game at Sassuolo.

AS Roma go third as Inter sink again in Genoa

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Milan (AFP) – AS Roma confirmed their return to form with a 2-0 win at Udinese on Saturday to move third in Serie A as Inter Milan fell back into crisis with a 2-0 loss in Genoa.

Inter had looked to have put their poor run going back two months behind them with a 2-1 success against Bologna but the revival was short lived as they suffered a fifth consecutive defeat in Genoa.

Teenager leads Inter to first win in two months

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Milan (AFP) – French teenager Yann Karamoh scored the winner as Inter Milan ended a two-month victory drought to move back third with a 2-1 win against nine-man Bologna on Sunday.

Eder opened the scoring after three minutes at the San Siro only for former Inter Milan star Rodrigo Palacio to pull Bologna level after 25 minutes.

Teenager leads Inter to first win in two months

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Milan (AFP) – French teenager Yann Karamoh scored the winner as Inter Milan ended a two-month victory drought to move back third with a 2-1 win against nine-man Bologna on Sunday.

Eder opened the scoring after three minutes at the San Siro only for former Inter Milan star Rodrigo Palacio to pull Bologna level after 25 minutes.

Nagatomo rescues Inter in Italian Cup

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Milan (AFP) – Serie A leaders Inter Milan squeezed into the quarter-finals of the Italian Cup on Tuesday, winning 5-4 on penalties after being held 0-0 after extra time by third division Pordenone.

Japanese defender Yuto Nagatomo nailed the winner from the spot after 120 minutes of frustration at the San Siro as home goalkeeper Daniele Padelli saved two penalties to put seven-time winners Inter through to a showdown with either AC Milan or Verona, who play on Wednesday.

Spalletti embarrassed by Mourinho comparisons

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Milan (AFP) – Inter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti admitted Monday that he was embarrassed by constant comparisons with the Serie A club’s former treble-winning coach Jose Mourinho.

Spalletti’s side are the only unbeaten team in Serie A this season and sit top of the league a point ahead of Napoli with six-time defending champions Juventus two points behind in third.

Spalletti embarrassed by Mourinho comparisons

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Milan (AFP) – Inter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti admitted Monday that he was embarrassed by constant comparisons with the Serie A club’s former treble-winning coach Jose Mourinho.

Spalletti’s side are the only unbeaten team in Serie A this season and sit top of the league a point ahead of Napoli with six-time defending champions Juventus two points behind in third.

Inter Milan escape Juventus to stay top

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Milan (AFP) – Unbeaten Inter Milan maintained their lead at the top of Serie A after a hard-fought goalless draw at arch-rivals Juventus on Saturday.

Luciano Spalletti’s Inter leave Turin two points ahead of second-placed Napoli, who are level on 38 points with Juventus and have the chance to reclaim top spot at home to Fiorentina on Sunday.

Inter Milan escape Juventus to stay top

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Milan (AFP) – Unbeaten Inter Milan maintained their lead at the top of Serie A after a hard-fought goalless draw at arch-rivals Juventus on Saturday.

Luciano Spalletti’s Inter leave Turin two points ahead of second-placed Napoli, who are level on 38 points with Juventus and have the chance to reclaim top spot at home to Fiorentina on Sunday.

Icardi brace sends Inter Milan top

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Milan (AFP) – Argentina striker Mauro Icardi bagged another brace to send Inter Milan top of Serie A on Saturday with a 3-1 win at Cagliari.

In-form skipper Icardi opened Inter’s account after 29 minutes in Sardinia, before adding a second late on to bring his tally to 15 goals this season.

Icardi brace sends Inter Milan top

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Milan (AFP) – Argentina striker Mauro Icardi bagged another brace to send Inter Milan top of Serie A on Saturday with a 3-1 win at Cagliari.

In-form skipper Icardi opened Inter’s account after 29 minutes in Sardinia, before adding a second late on to bring his tally to 15 goals this season.

Inter target Serie A top spot at Cagliari

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Milan (AFP) – Inter Milan travel to Cagliari on Saturday looking to take advantage of a tough week of European action for their rivals to move top of Serie A.

Luciano Spalletti’s side - who missed out on European qualification last season - are still unbeaten 13 games into the season.

Allegri and Spalletti not interested in Italy job

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Rome (AFP) – Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri and Inter Milan manager Luciano Spalletti both distanced themselves from taking up the vacant Italian national team post on Saturday.

“Coaching the national team is one of my ambitions, but not right now,” the 50-year-old told a press conference ahead of Juventus’s game at Sampdoria Sunday.

Allegri and Spalletti not interested in Italy job

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Rome (AFP) – Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri and Inter Milan manager Luciano Spalletti both distanced themselves from taking up the vacant Italian national team post on Saturday.

“Coaching the national team is one of my ambitions, but not right now,” the 50-year-old told a press conference ahead of Juventus’s game at Sampdoria Sunday.

Inter look to Icardi, Perisic to stay perfect at Bologna

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Milan (AFP) – Inter Milan boss Luciano Spalletti is counting on Mauro Icardi and Ivan Perisic to add to their goal scoring tallies and make it five Serie A wins out of five at Bologna.

Inter travel the short journey south to the Emilia-Romagna region for Tuesday’s only Serie A fixture with the remainder of the Italian league matches being played on Wednesday.

Inter look to Icardi, Perisic to stay perfect at Bologna

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Milan (AFP) – Inter Milan boss Luciano Spalletti is counting on Mauro Icardi and Ivan Perisic to add to their goal scoring tallies and make it five Serie A wins out of five at Bologna.

Inter travel the short journey south to the Emilia-Romagna region for Tuesday’s only Serie A fixture with the remainder of the Italian league matches being played on Wednesday.

Inter Milan stay top, Roma on the move in Serie A

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Milan (AFP) – Inter Milan sealed a fourth consecutive win in as many games to sit top of Serie A with a 2-0 victory at Crotone on Saturday as AS Roma eased past Verona 3-0.

The win in Calabria allowed Luciano Spalletti’s Inter to position themselves among the title challengers alongside champions Juventus and Napoli, who will also bid to make it four out of four on Sunday.

Inter Milan stay top, Roma on the move in Serie A

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Milan (AFP) – Inter Milan sealed a fourth consecutive win in as many games to sit top of Serie A with a 2-0 victory at Crotone on Saturday as AS Roma eased past Verona 3-0.

The win in Calabria allowed Luciano Spalletti’s Inter to position themselves among the title challengers alongside champions Juventus and Napoli, who will also bid to make it four out of four on Sunday.

Immobile hat-trick as Lazio sink AC Milan

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Milan (AFP) – Ciro Immobile scored a hat-trick as Lazio stunned AC Milan 4-1 in Serie A, while city rivals Inter joined Juventus at the top with a 2-0 win over SPAL on Sunday.

Luciano Spalletti’s Inter were too strong for promoted SPAL in the San Siro and joined Juventus on maximum nine points after the champions beat Chievo 3-0 on Saturday.

Immobile hat-trick as Lazio sink AC Milan

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Milan (AFP) – Ciro Immobile scored a hat-trick as Lazio stunned AC Milan 4-1 in Serie A, while city rivals Inter joined Juventus at the top with a 2-0 win over SPAL on Sunday.

Luciano Spalletti’s Inter were too strong for promoted SPAL in the San Siro and joined Juventus on maximum nine points after the champions beat Chievo 3-0 on Saturday.

Icardi brace sees Inter Milan stun wasteful Roma

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Milan (AFP) – Mauro Icardi scored a second-half brace as Inter Milan rocked Roma 3-1 at the Stadio Olimpico on Saturday to send out an early-season statement of intent to their Serie A title rivals.

An early opener from Edin Dzeko, Serie A’s top scorer last season with 29 goals, had a packed Olimpico jumping in anticipation of Roma starting their home campaign with a win.

Icardi brace sees Inter Milan stun wasteful Roma

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Milan (AFP) – Mauro Icardi scored a second-half brace as Inter Milan rocked Roma 3-1 at the Stadio Olimpico on Saturday to send out an early-season statement of intent to their Serie A title rivals.

An early opener from Edin Dzeko, Serie A’s top scorer last season with 29 goals, had a packed Olimpico jumping in anticipation of Roma starting their home campaign with a win.

Spalletti fury as wantaway Kondogbia skips Inter training

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Rome (AFP) – Inter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti vented his fury Friday as wantaway French international midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia skipped training.

Kondogbia’s failure to turn up prompted the 24-year-old to be axed from Inter’s squad for Saturday’s friendly against Real Betis.

Spalletti fury as wantaway Kondogbia skips Inter training

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Rome (AFP) – Inter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti vented his fury Friday as wantaway French international midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia skipped training.

Kondogbia’s failure to turn up prompted the 24-year-old to be axed from Inter’s squad for Saturday’s friendly against Real Betis.

Inter open to Perisic offers as United circle

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Singapore (AFP) – Inter Milan boss Luciano Spalletti on Wednesday gave the clearest indication yet that Ivan Perisic could leave, saying the Serie A club will listen to serious offers for the winger.

The 28-year-old Croatian international has been strongly linked with a big-money move to Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United, while Premier League champions Chelsea are reported to be in for Inter midfielder Antonio Candreva.

Inter open to Perisic offers as United circle

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Singapore (AFP) – Inter Milan boss Luciano Spalletti on Wednesday gave the clearest indication yet that Ivan Perisic could leave, saying the Serie A club will listen to serious offers for the winger.

The 28-year-old Croatian international has been strongly linked with a big-money move to Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United, while Premier League champions Chelsea are reported to be in for Inter midfielder Antonio Candreva.

Uniting Inter dressing room Spalletti’s priority

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Milan (AFP) – Luciano Spalletti said on Wednesday that bringing the dressing room together will be one of his priorities in leading embattled Inter Milan “back to where they belong”.

“First and foremost we have to be united,” said Spalletti at his official unveiling in Milan following his appointment last week as the successor to sacked Stefano Pioli.

Uniting Inter dressing room Spalletti’s priority

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Milan (AFP) – Luciano Spalletti said on Wednesday that bringing the dressing room together will be one of his priorities in leading embattled Inter Milan “back to where they belong”.

“First and foremost we have to be united,” said Spalletti at his official unveiling in Milan following his appointment last week as the successor to sacked Stefano Pioli.

Roma confirm Di Francesco as new coach

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Milan (AFP) – Former Sassuolo coach Eusebio Di Francesco signed a two-season deal at Roma on Tuesday after the clubs agreed a compensation package.

Roma have been looking for a new coach since Luciano Spalletti left last week to join fellow Serie A outfit Inter Milan.

“We wanted someone who could come in and get the very best out of our first team players and also help bring through some of the great young talent coming out of our academy,” said Roma president James Pallotta.

Roma confirm Di Francesco as new coach

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Milan (AFP) – Former Sassuolo coach Eusebio Di Francesco signed a two-season deal at Roma on Tuesday after the clubs agreed a compensation package.

Roma have been looking for a new coach since Luciano Spalletti left last week to join fellow Serie A outfit Inter Milan.

“We wanted someone who could come in and get the very best out of our first team players and also help bring through some of the great young talent coming out of our academy,” said Roma president James Pallotta.

Spalletti takes reins at embattled Inter Milan: official

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Milan (AFP) – Inter Milan on Friday announced the appointment of former Roma coach Luciano Spalletti on a two-year deal as they target a long-awaited return to the Champions League.

“F.C. Internazionale is delighted to announce that Luciano Spalletti has been appointed as head coach of the first team,” said a statement by the Serie A giants.

Spalletti takes reins at embattled Inter Milan: official

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Milan (AFP) – Inter Milan on Friday announced the appointment of former Roma coach Luciano Spalletti on a two-year deal as they target a long-awaited return to the Champions League.

“F.C. Internazionale is delighted to announce that Luciano Spalletti has been appointed as head coach of the first team,” said a statement by the Serie A giants.

Manchester United

Perisic set to follow in Griezmann’s footsteps

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Reports from Italy this evening have claimed that Ivan Perisic, a player linked strongly with Manchester United all summer, is set to sign a new £90,000-a-week contract with Inter Milan.

Perisic scored 11 and assisted 11 goals in 36 appearances last season. His crossing ability made him a key target for Jose Mourinho following the capture of Romelu Lukaku, with the hope the Croatian could boost our striker's goal tally.

Luciano Spalletti Wants A Chat With Ivan Perisic

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Inter Milan manager Luciano Spalletti would like to speak with star midfielder Ivan Perisic, who he says has become "distracted" by interest from Manchester United.

United manager Jose Mourinho has identified the Croatia international as a key target in his summer rebuilding program at Old Trafford, and sources confirmed to ESPN FC's Mark Ogden that the Europa League winners and Inter discussed the player's valuation at the beginning of last month.

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Benevento-Genoa e Inter-Sassuolo, parte la penultima giornata di Serie A

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La 37^ e penultima giornata di Serie A prende il via, alle 18, con l'anticipo del "Vigorito" tra il Benevento retrocesso e un Genoa invece gi sicuro della permanenza nel massimo campionato. Serata, invece, in compagnia dell'Inter di Luciano Spalletti, pronta a conquistare i tre punti contro il Sassuolo per continuare la corsa ai posti.

Roma vs. Juventus: From midfielder to coach, Di Francesco gets the rivalry

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New Roma boss previews the International Champions Cup match in Foxboro.

Eusebio Di Francesco needs no introduction to Roma's rivalry with Juventus. From 1997-2001, he manned Roma's midfield, going toe-to-toe with La Vecchia Signora in front of roaring crowds at Stadio Olimpico.

"They were always fantastic games, massive games," said Di Francesco to the Bent Musket, speaking through a translator.