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  • Captain Icardi key to Inter improvement,...

    Inter boss Luciano Spalletti believes Mauro Icardi still has more to give following his late heroics in the midweek Champions League win over Tottenham. Icardi equalised with a sweet 85th-minute volley before Matias Vecino completed the hosts' quickfire turnaround to secure a mu...

    Captain Icardi key to Inter improvement, says Spalletti

    Inter boss Luciano Spalletti believes Mauro Icardi still has more to give following his late heroics in the midweek Champions League win over Tottenham. Icardi equalised with a sweet 85th-minute volley before Matias Vecino completed the hosts' quickfire turnaround to secure a much-needed 2-1 victory at San Siro. Inter's skipper had been largely anonymous until his equaliser and finished the match with just 16 touches, the fewest of any starter. Spalletti urged Icardi to continue raising his game to new heights ahead of an important Serie A trip to Sampdoria on Saturday. "[It takes] a bit of everything," he said. "He must make movements that will benefit the team, just as they must consider what his qualities are, putting him in a position to express himself better. "A few seconds of talent are enough to be a top footballer, but to be a champion it takes 95 minutes of personality." Inter's success against Spurs came despite an unconvincing start in the league which has yielded just four points from as many matches. A 3-0 victory over Bologna is their only domestic scalp of the season so far, with losses to Sassuolo and Parma both ringing alarm bells at the club. Spalletti hopes the confidence gained from the Champions League will lead to a consistent run of results. "If we're able to win these games, we come out of them stronger because it means that we're capable but we have to keep doing it," he said. "We also benefitted from the enthusiasm after such a win. It could be that we follow up on the win tomorrow and to do so would mean much more than winning two individual matches. "I hope that the guys become aware of their abilities." Inter next travel to Sampdoria on September 22 before they then host back-to-back league games versus Fiorentina on September 25 and Cagliari on September 29.

  • 'Kane isn't a machine' – Lamela defends ...

    Erik Lamela has defended under-fire team-mate Harry Kane, reminding his detractors the England striker is not a "machine". Kane has attracted criticism in recent weeks after several under-par performances for club and country, not scoring for either since Spurs' 3-0 win at Manch...

    'Kane isn't a machine' – Lamela defends misfiring Spurs star after Champions League blank

    Erik Lamela has defended under-fire team-mate Harry Kane, reminding his detractors the England striker is not a "machine". Kane has attracted criticism in recent weeks after several under-par performances for club and country, not scoring for either since Spurs' 3-0 win at Manchester United on August 27. Since then, he has not scored in five matches and he spurned a good opportunity in Spurs' 2-1 Champions League defeat to Inter on Tuesday , their third successive loss across all competitions. Many have suggested Kane is suffering from overexertion, given Spurs' lack of options at centre-forward, but Mauricio Pochettino has resisted resting him, saying he would be "crazy" to do so. Lamela has now weighed in too, defending Kane and simultaneously demanding more from the forward's supporting cast. "Harry is not a machine. He scores a lot. He always scores," Lamela told reporters. "Here [San Siro] he didn't and for two or three games he didn't, but he will score again. "It's not like Harry needs to score every single game. Christian [Eriksen] scored, I scored in the last game. Sonny [Son Heung-min] will score, Lucas [Moura] will score. "All the pressure is not on Harry. All the attacking players need to score, and that's it." Former Spurs striker Robbie Keane agrees with Pochettino's Kane stance, adamant that to rest him would be to send the wrong message to the club's rivals. "When I was at Spurs, we had myself, Jermain Defoe, Dimitar Berbatov and Darren Bent," Keane wrote in his Paddy Power column. "But Harry Kane is in a different situation, because they don't have four strikers like that. "They have him and Fernando Llorente – no disrespect to Llorente, because he's a good target man who will do a job for the team, but he's not going to score 20 or 25 goals a season. "So, if Tottenham leave Harry out – because he's tired – then they're making a statement that they don't want to finish in the top four. "It's just not going to happen if you leave him out for a few games, because of the goals that he brings and that makes it unrealistic to rest him. "It'll annoy Harry, all this talk about him being tired. If he scores a couple of goals this weekend, though, people will forget about it."

  • Tottenham boss Pochettino reveals Keita ...

    Tottenham Hotspur were interested in signing Keita Balde before he opted for Monaco in 2017, says manager Mauricio Pochettino. Balde joined Monaco on a five-year deal last summer from Lazio but he was a target for the English Premier League club - whose manager had him on his ra...

    Tottenham boss Pochettino reveals Keita Balde interest

    Tottenham Hotspur were interested in signing Keita Balde before he opted for Monaco in 2017, says manager Mauricio Pochettino. Balde joined Monaco on a five-year deal last summer from Lazio but he was a target for the English Premier League club - whose manager had him on his radar during his La Masia days - before he moved to the French top-flight. Last month, Balde returned to the Serie A with Luciano Spalletti’s side on a season-long loan with an option to buy - and, on Tuesday evening, was a 72nd-minute substitute as Inter Milan fought back to grab a 2-1 victory at San Siro. “Yes it is true. I have been following him since he was growing up at Barcelona while I was at Espanyol,” Pochettino was quoted as saying by Calciomercato. “He has always been a player of interest for us, but then he chose Monaco. He remains an excellent attacker.” Balde has featured in every of Inter's league games this campaign including two starts against Parma and Bologna but is yet to open his account.

  • Tottenham's Aurier calls for focus after...

    Tottenham Hotspur defender Serge Aurier has called on his teammates to 'stay together' and 'focused' after conceding late goals to lose 2-1 to Inter Milan. Mauricio Pochettino's men suffered their third straight defeat across all competitions at the San Siro on Tuesday night. C...

    Tottenham's Aurier calls for focus after Champions League defeat to Inter Milan

    Tottenham Hotspur defender Serge Aurier has called on his teammates to 'stay together' and 'focused' after conceding late goals to lose 2-1 to Inter Milan. Mauricio Pochettino's men suffered their third straight defeat across all competitions at the San Siro on Tuesday night. Christian Eriksen had opened the scoring for visitors early in the second half but Mauro Icardi and Matias Vecino's 85th and 92nd minutes strikes condemned Spurs to a defeat. "We controlled the game in the first half and second half, played good, but I conceded the goal," Aurier was quoted as saying by Football London. "It's difficult because I tried to play good today. The team, everyone played good today but I don't know. We conceded two goals. [We've got to] stay together for next week. "It's a situation to stay focused. I'm sad for my team because today every player wanted to win the game and I play for a good team. I stay focused on the new challenge for next week." "Every time, every moment you want to stay focused. Look, my team played good but that is a Champions League game." For their next Champions League fixture, Spurs host Barcelona on October 3. Tottenham who last won a Premier League game on August 27 against Manchester United, will be aiming for maximum points against Brighton and Hove Albion in Saturday's meeting.  

  • Icardi: Inter can compete against anyone

    Mauro Icardi insisted Inter can compete against anyone after the stuttering Italian side completed a dramatic turnaround to upstage Tottenham in the Champions League. Late goals from captain Icardi and Matias Vecino saw Inter to a stunning 2-1 victory over Tottenham at San Siro ...

    Icardi: Inter can compete against anyone

    Mauro Icardi insisted Inter can compete against anyone after the stuttering Italian side completed a dramatic turnaround to upstage Tottenham in the Champions League. Late goals from captain Icardi and Matias Vecino saw Inter to a stunning 2-1 victory over Tottenham at San Siro in their Group B opener on Tuesday. Inter – coming off a shock loss to Parma having only collected four points from four Serie A games to open the season – trailed until the 85th minute, when Icardi and Vecino struck twice late on in Milan. Icardi revelled in the result following a turbulent start to the 2018-19 campaign for Luciano Spalletti's Inter, who face Sampdoria on Saturday. "We know we're a strong team and that we can compete against anyone, we've been waiting for this match for three months and it gives us a lot of strength for the league," Icardi told Sky Italia. "A match like that, in the Champions League, gives you so much but one game means nothing. "We have to stay calm, take the good things we've done and go to play on Saturday with a different mentality. "The environment was ugly in these past few weeks, but a game like this gives us confidence. Vecino has popped up like that for two crucial wins, but what's most important is for Inter to win." The win may prove vital for Inter, who also facce Barcelona and PSV in Group B.

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