Inter vs Eintracht Frankfurt: Luciano Spalletti’s Best Available Nerazzurri Lineup

Inter will be desperate to qualify for the Europa League quarter finals on Thursday as they host Eintracht Frankfurt in the second leg of their round of 16 clash.

The tie is finely poised after a 0-0 draw at the Commerzbank-Arena last week, a game in which Marcelo Brozovic had a first half penalty agonisingly saved to prevent Luciano Spalletti’s side taking a strong advantage back to San Siro.

The Italian manager has some unfortunate injuries to contend with ahead of the showdown, so will need to shuffle his pack accordingly to obtain a positive result.

Here’s how Inter could lineup to face Frankfurt on Thursday.

1. Goalkeeper & Defenders

Cedric Soares

Samir Handanovic (GK) – The Slovenian took over captaincy after Mauro Icardi was stripped of the role in mid-February and has been an ever present in Serie A this season.

Cedric Soares (RB) – Has made the right back slot his own following his loan move from Southampton. The Portuguese star possesses great energy up both aid in attack and perform his defensive responsibilities effectively.

Stefan de Vrij (CB) – The Dutchman is one of the finest defenders in Italy at the moment and has been the rock in a solid Inter backline in his debut season for the club.

Milan Skriniar (CB) – Has forged a fine partnership with de Vrij in the heart of the defence and will have his work cut out to keep Sebastien Haller and Luka Jovic at bay on Thursday.

Kwadwo Asamoah (LB) – Boasts great pace and crossing ability which will be crucial in the clash, and he will look to use that to exploit Eintracht Frankfurt’s use of a three-man defence.

2. Midfielders

Ivan Perisic,Marcelo Brozovic

Matias Vecino (CM) – Will come back into midfield in place of Roberto Gagliardini after missing the weekend’s victory over SPAL through suspension.

Marcelo Brozovic (CM) – Missed a crucial penalty in the first leg that would have given his side a strong advantage ahead of Thursday’s match, so will be eager to make amends against the German side.

Matteo Politano (RW) – His excellent pace will cause problems for Eintracht, and the winger will be full of confidence following his goal on the weekend.

Ivan Perisic (LW) – The Croatian should have recovered in time from fatigue for the game at San Siro to start after missing the SPAL match, as Perisic’s quality is unquestionable and will be key to unpicking the Eintracht defence.

Joao Mario (CAM) – Will slot into the attacking midfielder role in place of the injured Radja Nainggolan as the former West Ham man will be tasked with being the driving force in central midfield for Spalletti’s side.

3. Forwards

Lautaro Martinez

Lautaro Martinez (ST) – Hasn’t enjoyed the prolific goal scoring season he would have liked, with only five goals in 19 matches, but will be called upon the lead the line in place of Icardi. Martinez certainly has the pace and power to trouble defences, but a lack of end product this season has hindered the 21-year-old.

The Argentine has got very big boots to fill following Icardi’s very public fallout with the club. His goal record isn’t going to cut it if he wants to be considered a long term option for Inter, but the young striker does have plenty of potential, with pace and strength in abundance.


Arsenal Backed by Robert Pires for Top-Four Premier League Finish & Europa League Glory

Former Arsenal attacking-midfielder Robert Pires believes the Gunners can finish in the top four in the Premier League and lift the Europa League trophy at the end of the season.

The north London side head into the second leg of their round of 16 Europa League tie on Thursday evening after a particularly poor performance at Roazhon Park just a week ago. The Gunners lost the match 3-1 and despite an early goal from Alex Iwobi, the squad simply didn’t look like themselves. Arsenal have the opportunity to come back in the fixture and will hope their recent win over Manchester United can spark a better performance this time around. 

Despite the deficit from the first leg, Pires believes Arsenal can turn the tie around. The Gunners also only sit one point behind Tottenham for third place in the Premier League after an impressive 2-0 win against Manchester United on Sunday. 

Pires spoke to Marca about Arsenal’s current situation saying: “I’m confident and positive, like the players. All of the players and Unai Emery know that they played bad against Rennes, but this is football.

“Maybe it’s because Rennes played well. The atmosphere was very good, the fans added pressure and unfortunately, Sokratis [Papastathopoulos] was sent off, but we have a second chance at home at the Emirates.


“It’s strange, but maybe after the Manchester United win I have a good feeling. Anything is possible because when Arsenal play at home they can beat any team.”

The former France international also had praise for the work that Emery has done with the club in his first season and how he believes the Spanish manager has the experience to lead Arsenal to the Europa League title. 

“I think he [Emery] is doing well because they’re in the top four and I think they can qualify for next season’s Champions League. I think, and I hope, that he can win the Europa League, as he won it three times with Sevilla. So he has a lot of experience and knows there is good quality and a good squad.


Arsenal will have to wait until after the upcoming international break to continue their climb in the Premier League table when they host Newcastle at the Emirates on 1 April.


Marko Arnautovic Tipped to Quit West Ham in Summer After Being Frozen Out Since January

?West Ham United fans may not have heard the last of the rumours surrounding Marko Arnautovic, with the Austrian forward tipped to be the centre of another transfer saga this summer after failing to secure a big money move to China in January.

Arnuatovic signed a new Hammers contract in January, ending the China debacle, but he has seemingly been out of favour with manager Manuel Pellegrini ever since.

Marko Arnautovic

The 29-year-old Austrian hasn’t started a Premier League game since January and hasn’t scored since netting a brace against Brighton in West Ham’s first game of the new calendar year, before the circus surrounding his future exploded into life.

??Arnautovic? did not shy away from the fact he wanted to leave and his brother/agent publicly implored West Ham, who were strong-armed into selling an unsettled Dimitri Payet in 2017, to let him go. It is therefore unsurprising that the player seems to have lost Pellegrini’s trust.

According to the Daily Mail, Arnautovic is ‘frustrated’ by the situation and has not seen the financial benefit of his new contract because he has been unable to trigger performance-based bonuses when coming off the bench.

Marko Arnautovic

The report further suggests that he will ‘likely look to leave’ come summer, particularly if he continues to be frozen out by the manager. For now, he only has himself to blame for the predicament.

The former Stoke and Inter man had been an automatic starter in the first half of the season and was even given the honour of captaining the side in back-to-back games during Mark Noble’s absence against Arsenal and Wolves in late August and early September.


Cristiano Ronaldo Reveals Differences Between Spain, Italy & England as He Unveils New Business

Cristiano Ronaldo has spoken fondly of his adaptation to life in Italy claiming he doesn’t miss Spain, but that hasn’t stopped him from opening up a bizarre new business back in his old home of Madrid.

The 34-year-old, who was speaking ahead of his three-goal turn against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League last 16 second leg that sent the Old Lady through to the quarter finals, admitted his surprise at how well he’s adapted to life in Italy.


Speaking to DAZN, as quoted by ?Marca, the striker explained: “The balance is very positive, I feel good at the individual level, I feel adapted to the Italian League and it is a difficult league, in my opinion, the most difficult for strikers, a league with a lot of quality. I did not expect the Italian league to have this quality, I am happy, my family and my children are happy. Everything is positive.

“I do not miss Spain or Portugal, things are as they are, obviously I left a lot of friends, I left a great club, I left a club that gave me a lot of love, people, friends… But I do not miss the country itself because I have the same here, it has not been difficult for me, everything has been very intense, interesting, different but I have adapted well.

“In my opinion, in ?Serie A it is more difficult to score than in ?La Liga, the Spanish League is more open, the teams risk more, the priority here is to defend well and then attack. In Spain it is not like that, it is always an open game against almost all the teams. I also played in England for five years and I still think the league where it’s most difficult to score is the Italian one.”

However, that hasn’t stopped ?CR7 from returning to Madrid for his latest business venture – a hair transplant clinic. 

As per a report from Marca, lifted from an interview with Newspaper ABC, the clinic, located on the bustling Joaquin Costa Street at the centre of Madrid, will have 150 professionals capable of performing 18 treatments a day.

And, in this interview, the Portuguese international sung a slightly different tune about his former home, declaring: “It [Madrid] is the city that has marked by life forever, from a professional point of view to the way in which it affected me [personally]. I miss the people of Madrid.”

Turning his attentions to the business itself, he explained: “I like to bet on enterprising projects with solid characteristics to spread the best of what we have in Portugal throughout the world.

“Just like in football, I will put all of my effort and dedication to make this project the best in the world in this field. That’s why I do physical exercise and try to eat well [to stay healthy]. The most important thing is taking care of our body simultaneously at the same time as our health.”


Pep Guardiola Admits He Needs Injured Stars to Return to Keep Man City’s Quadruple Hopes Alive

?Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has claimed that he needs several of his injured stars to make a swift return to action, as the club continue to chase an unprecedented ‘quadruple’ this season.

By dismantling Schalke 7-0 in the second leg of their Champions League last 16 clash on Tuesday, City secured their tenth successive victory in all competitions, and remain on course for a trophy-laden campaign.

Gabriel Jesus

With the likes of influential stars Kevin De Bruyne and Fernandinho missing through injury, ?City boss Guardiola admitted that his side need them to return to keep their winning run going.

He told BT Sport after the match (as quoted by ?Goal): “At the moment we have a lot of injured players.

“We want to continue this run, especially in April, but we need players to come back fit or it won’t be possible.”

Despite seeing some first-team stars miss the midweek Champions League game against ?Schalke, players like Leroy Sane and ?Phil Foden put in a starring performance to lessen the impact of the side’s notable absentees.

Guardiola added: “They know they have to compete with each other. Everybody wants to play and everybody has to play at a good level. Today [Tuesday] everybody tried to play, to be involved and keep going.

“In the last game Riyad [Mahrez] was one of the best players and today Leroy played at a good level. We are happy to achieve the quarter-finals. Hopefully we can achieve one step forward.”