Verona and Inter shared the spoils in a vibrant game at the Marc’Antonio Bentegodi Stadium on Thursday night in the last fixture of Serie A Round 31. Miguel Veloso ultimately equalized for the home side after Antonio Candreva’s brace had overturned Darko Lazovic’s rapid lead, sealing a 2-2 score which was of little use to both sides.
Inter-Verona of September 15, 1991, looked like an average beginning-of-the-season game which ended with an average 2-0 score for the Nerazzurri. Nothing from this match would make it a remarkable occurrence if it weren’t for the fact that it featured four penalties, all awarded to the home side, and that Inter managed to miss three of them.
It is no longer news that Inter are closing in on a deal to sign Real Madrid right-back Achraf Hakimi. The Moroccan international is currently on loan at Borussia Dortmund, but his two-year arrangement is coming to an end. Real Madrid sent himout on loan with the hopes of him returning as a starter, but it would appear his future rather lies under Antonio Conte.
Italian football fans have just been treated to the first full round of Serie A action since the restart, and it was peppered with talk of relegation, European qualification and of course, the Scudetto. Inter and Sassuolo played out a thrilling 3-3 draw, and Atalanta staged a dramatic comeback to beat Lazio 3-2, as they look for a place in next season’s Champions League.
Antonio Conte needs to thank the Lu-La for Sunday night’s 2-1 over Sampdoria which consolidated Inter’s third place in the Serie A table. Goals by their striker duo Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez gave the Nerazzurri a comfortable lead in a rescheduled game from Round 25 before Sampdoria’s Morten Thorsby reopened the match in the second half.
Inter and Juventus are the front-runners to sign Brescia’s Sandro Tonali this summer, but how might he fit into the starting line-up under Antonio Conte? And would he be suited to Conte’s Inter at all? Conte’s Inter like to play in a 3-5-2 set-up and Tonali would likely be looking at either Brozovic or Barella as his main competition to break into the Inter first-team.
“Pazza” Inter. Crazy Inter. No team in Italy can take their fans on a rollercoaster of emotions like the Nerazzurri. A game that truly exemplifies the unpredictable attitude of Inter is their epic comeback from January 9, 2005, when they were down 0-2 to Sampdoria at the San Siro with just 7 minutes to go, but still managed to collect an incredible win.
Behind closed doors at the San Paolo Stadium, Napoli held Inter onto a 1-1 tie in the second Coppa Italia Semi-Final, advancing to the final stage on a 2-1 aggregate score to meet Juventus on Wednesday, June 17. Dries Mertens equalized Christian Eriksen’s opener to become Napoli’s all-time best scorer at 122 – surpassing no less than Marek Hamsik.
Italian football will return on 12 June as Juventus, Milan, Napoli, and Inter square off to conquer the Coppa Italia. All eyes will be on the remaining games of the domestic cup – the second leg of the Semi-Finals and the Final to be played in the space of four days. The clash between Juventus and Milan will kick-start football again in Italy after three months.
Inter’s history is filled with a special affiliation to controversial, charismatic managers, whose pioneer was without doubt Helenio Herrera. Every die-hard Nerazzurri fan would be forever grateful to that man, who would later become referred to as Il Mago (“The Wizard”) and who forged the legendary epoch of the Grande Inter during the 1960s.
In less than a month, the Serie A is set to welcome it’s doors open for action once again. There might have been no action on the pitch for the last two months but a lot has gone down regardless. So let’s take a look at the top Serie A sides and their major activities while football was forced to stop, with a special focus on the rumored transfer market deals.
It’s official: The Serie A will restart on June 20. The first calcio games to be played, however, will be the remaining Coppa Italia rounds – the second leg of the Semi-Finals (Napoli-Inter on June 13 and Juventus-Milan on June 14) and then the Final in Rome on the 17th. The Italian Minister for Sport Vincenzo Spadafora confirmed that.