Mancini: “What happens on the transfer market is essential”

May 30, 2015 18:59
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The final action of the 2014-2015 season for an Inter that mathematically still can hope to snatch the pass to the next Europa League. Regardless of the question of the UEFA license for Genoa and Sampdoria, Roberto Mancini’s men will have to beat Maurizio Sarri’s Empoli tomorrow, hoping at the same time that the already relegated Parma are able to do the same at the ‘Luigi Ferraris’ against Sampdoria.

As usual, Inter coach Roberto Mancini held a press conference on the eve of the match and with the help of our partner FcInterNews, present at Appiano Gentile, we give you the statements of the coach translated into English.

Will you stay regardless of what happens on the transfer market?
“What happens on the transfer market is essential, but I will definitely stay. We all want to strengthen the team, this is extremely important.”

Touré will accept to stay at City?
“I don’t know the situation for the moment, when we know certain things we will understand if it will be possible or not.”

What do you think of what has been said about Thohir?
“I think the president will do everything to bring the Inter to the top. I don’t think that someone buys Inter just to do it, it is a big club and you buy it to bring the team back to the glories of a few years ago. I have a lot of confidence and I’m sure this will happen in the coming years.”

Do you think that someone is obstructing the reconstruction?
“I don’t worry much about that, I trust the people who work for the club. There will be work, it will be a very busy month and we will do our best to have everything ready for July, other things don’t matter.”

What is your message for Parma? Do you expect a gift?
“If Sampdoria reaches Europe it will mean that they will have deserved it. We’ll see, Parma will play its game, give their all as always.”

Are you relieved that the season is over? Who wins between Juventus and Barcelona?
“In a final anything can happen, the forces don’t count on the pitch. For 90 minutes they start evenly. I’m sorry the season will end because we have no way to get back on top. I understand it was a troubled season. We will try to take a break to start the new season at best. At the end when you finish the championship there’s always regret, also thinking of the missed opportunities.”

Sorry or disappointed by Podolski?
“It was an honor to work with him, he is a great professional. It takes time when you change country. I thank him because he has always done his best.”

Have you noted a difficulty in convincing players to come to Milan?
“No, it doesn’t exist. The problem is that it is not easy to convince some players that make a difference to not play the Champions League. Inter is Inter, the history speaks clearly and the club is appreciated as always. I guess you could make a good team too. We are searching for important players.”

Sometimes you’re exposed talking about major players…
“No, that’s not true. You ask me the questions and I answer with kindness. I always told it like it is, sometimes it is not easy to complete certain negotiations. I would not want to be rude and not answer these questions.”

Can you get Benatia?
“I don’t know, I never spoke to him. It will not be easy, Bayern Munich will not want to sell it. I can only say that he is very good.”

Is Kovacic the focus of the project for the next season?
“Right now, absolutely. And as mentioned before, it is easy to see the future. We want to build a strong team.”

What went wrong this season? How can you improve the defense?
“I believe that the defense needs reinforcements, but we can also work with the players we have. The defense is vital, new players will come along with those who are there now. The season is negative, this is football. But we still improved, despite the results.”

Is there a chance to see Felipe Melo at Inter?
“I have a great relationship with him, he has changed compared to the first Felipe Melo. But he is playing for an important team that will play in the Champions League.”

Does the return of Raiola make you think of a particular player returning?
“Yes, he was here and we said hello, but I don’t know what he had been talking about.”

Which player has surprised you the most and who do you expect more from next season?
“Everyone can do better: Mateo has to grow, Icardi the same. Even Palacio can do more without the World Cup behind him. Medel is the player who surprised me the most.”

Will Nagatomo stay?
“He is very versatile, he can play both to the right and to the left. He always trains, he is never out of place. I think he will stay in Milan.”

In your opinion, what should he improve?
“He is a good player, but as everyone else he can improve. But he is already a player of excellent quality.”

Will it be important to act swiftly on the transfer market?
“Absolutely, already in July I would like to have the players in training camp. Those who will be involved in the Coppa America will come later, but it will be necessary to have a good foundation.”

No one leaves, no one comes: how would you react?
“I don’t think this will happen. In the end the results count, then we need to look to the future. I don’t think it is a true solution.”

Was there was a moment when things turned in a certain way and that led to this ranking?
“I have been a coach for many years, but I’ve never worked in such an unfortunate and particular moment like this. Everything has been particular, but this can happen. After the victory against Cagliari we would have been able to give more, but then came the punctual defeat.”

What is the first mistake to avoid in the coming season?
“First of all we will have to build the team, then we have to work to understand what will be the ideal training and get to know new players. Mistakes can happen, but it will lead to losing important points. The preparation will be important.”


  • Bella Soraya

    As long as palacio, kuz, guarin leaves ASAP and not selling icardi or kovaciv, I’ll have hopes in you sir..

  • ryanrsh

    We just need some good transfers in all position.
    As for the style of playing is improving way much better then mazzari was in charge

  • blue&black

    I told you guys Medel is a great dm,but you wouldn’t listen.

    • Havar

      The earlier we replace the pitbull with a real footballer, the better.

      • blue&black

        another one who’s too blind to see,i guess u think Kovacic did great this season too

        • Havar

          Actually I don’t. I’ve been critical of Kovacic for his inability to develop the defensive side of his game and become the well-rounded midfielder we need him to be. He’s also far too inconsistent week to week and drifts in and out of games. Mancini was right to play Hernanes and Guarin over him, particularity while we were still a chance for 5th.

          Medel is simply far too limited a player to justify his position in a team competing for Europe. I can see his worth in a poor, unbalanced side battling relegation in a strong league. His one-dimensional style is not conductive for a balanced midfield that works together to bring the ball forward effectively as well as defend structurally. Cbf elaborating. He is a player that holds us back. There is a reason a deep-lying mid with distributive ability has been atop our wishlist for so long. Because he gives 110% every week and never stops running, he gets a free pass from fans that never heard that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. A good side doesn’t need a headless chook running around all game.

          • blue&black

            have u read the latest article ?he has been the most consistent player!

  • Madguru

    I have a feeling we will do it next season. Something is afoot. Seeing that Mancini has decided to stay and fight is good enough. Hope he will be more ruthless and tactful next season but the signs are encouraging.

  • Zselic

    yes, the mercato is essential, but what’s more important is to find an ideal gamestyle for Inter, which mancini still couldn’t do after ~7 months. Lazio, Fiorentina, Genoa, Sampdoria… they don’t have any better squad than us, but it’s the way their managers use what they are given

    • ForzaKovacic

      Maybe because they didn’t have like 20 different managers in 5 years?

      Give him some time ffs, the team will never improve like this.

    • 1908

      R u on drugs, watch mx season Mancini doesn’t mess about. We will be compete ting for the title.

      • Zselic

        if i were high as a kite i’d say things like ‘we will compete for the title’

  • kofko

    I am very annoyed with the management. There are so many news about Kova going to Liverpool and no one comes out to say – yes there are negotiations or – we will not sell Kova. He stays. A big team needs to protect its assets. Even Mancini is not clear enough regarding Kova. Such a poor management…. Very angry

    • Inter4Ever

      Mancini confirmed he is one of the focuses of the inter project in this interview, but the amount of rumors circulating at the moment should at least make someone in management step up and speak about this

      • Zselic

        his words and actions are usually different

        btw, he said RIGHT NOW. there’s still a mercato to go….

      • kofko

        He did not confirmed that he is in his plans for next season. Look what he says in another interview: ”

    • kuda

      Because technically no one is not for sale. Management will consider any offer to any player if it fits the minimum parameter set by management.

    • Madguru

      Since Liverpool found gold with Coutinho, they will keep coming for our youngsters. I think I read somewhere that Ronaldhino thinks that Barcelona should buy Coutinho and you can imagine the price :(. I still don’t understand why Inter decided to sell Coutinho and not somebody else.

      • SindreGud

        We should never have sold Coutinho. But Barcelona can’t but players this window, and if they were to bid high on him in the next one, I think we will get some % of that transfer money in our pockets 🙂

  • Inter4Ever

    Good thing he adressed how weak our defence is. Next step is finding the right players for defence and hopefully selling some of the ones we have now

  • kuda

    In short, he expects much from thohir and ausilio to get competitive players before July thus the new player have more time to prepare for next season. We might expect a reformation in defence I dunno who will leave and come remembering he likes nagatomo. Lets hope for the best mercato!

    • Inter4Ever

      Nagatomo can be a useful sub and he helps marketing inter in japan.

      • Zselic

        too bad he can’t help Inter on the pitch