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Serie A Preview: Cesena v Inter

The Nerazzurri travel to Cesena and try to break out of their slump...

Marco Luzzani

After a whirlwind week of news off the pitch, Inter get back on the field to try and get the season back on track.

Walter Mazzarri addressed the media earlier today, and without surprise, the first question he fielded was in regards to Massimo Moratti leaving and if he had anything to say.  The Inter manager said that he had no intention of disrespecting the former president, and that he's always had a good relationship with the Moratti family.

Attention was then turned to this weekend's match, where Mazzarri stated that he never looks beyond the current game at hand and that he has the squad focused on the work needed.


Date: Sunday, October 26

Venue: Stadio Dino Manuzzi, Cesena

Time: 18.00 CET / 1.00 pm ET / 10.00 am PT


Cesena Probable Lineup: Leali; Volta, Magnusson, Capelli; Renzetti, De Feudis, Cascione, Defrel, Brienza; Marilungo, Succi

Inter Probable Lineup: Handanovic; Ranocchia, Vidic, Juan Jesus; Obi, Medel, Hernanes, Kovacic, Dodo; Palacio, Icardi

Unavailable For Duty: Besides the injuries to Dani Osvaldo, Danilo D'Ambrosio, and Yuto Nagatomo, Fredy Guarin has been ruled out with injury and has not traveled to Cesena.

Operation Zen: The objective for this weekend is to steady the entire Nerazzurri ship, not only on the pitch with a win, but to settle the club after this week's news of the Morattis stepping down.

Fear Factor: 3: Cesena *should* be easy to beat. They are currently wallowing near the bottom of Serie A in 18th but still have a bite to them, as AC Milan found out earlier this season when The Seahorses took away a point from their match with them.

Enemy Of The State: I'm going to go with Davide Succi, who has been used more of an option off the bench this season.  He scored the goal against Milan and has spent enough time in the top tier with Palermo to not be scared of bigger sides.

Medal Of Honor: Juan Jesus gets this week's nod, as he has played well over the last few games.  He was one of the few who actually looked like he was making an effort midweek in the Europa League, and I expect for him to continue his form in defense.

Likely Outcome: After a few tough weeks, Inter should take this one without (hopefully) too much effort, 2-0.