Date: Wednesday, August 10th, 2016
Time: 14:45am ET/ 20:45pm CET
Venue: Stadio del Conero; Ancona, Italy
This should have been a sort of homecoming for Roberto Mancini who is from Jesi, a little city just 30km away from Ancona, where this friendly will take place. Probably the match was scheduled with this purpose in mind: preparing the coming season while also giving the chance for Mancini's fellow citizens to admire him working. Unfortunately for them, Frank De Boer will sit in his place, with a little more than a day of work with this squad and with a lot of pressure already on his shoulder.
Obviously, it would be stupid trying to judge our new head coach after this friendly. Yes, the new season is starting in less than two weeks and he needs to get things going as fast as he can without rushing though, because the season is long and, as Juve taught us with their impressive comeback last season, it's always better to start a bit slow and then, when everything starts to click, collect all the points possible.
This team needs to bounce back from a terrible performance against Tottenham, which may have been the last straw that got Suning (and Thohir) to show Mancini the exit door. In that match the players looked confused and at times even lost on the pitch, conceding to the opposition easy ways to score. Even Miranda, who usually is impeccable didn't know what to do. It will be interesting to see if this squad is actually hopeless or if the poor form displayed in Norway was just a confidence thing caused by the messy coach situation.
Inter and Borussia Mönchengladbach (I copy-pasted it, guilty) have met a few times before and one of this match is remembered as the Match of the Can. It's a long story and it's not so easy to find info about it in English so if you want me to tell you all about it let me know in the comment section and I'll be more than happy to write an article to explain you what happened that night (and the days after).
Here are the 22 players that will be available for this friendly match:
Goalkeepers: 1 Handanovic, 30 Carrizo, 46 Berni;
Defenders: 13 Ranocchia, 15 Ansaldi, 18 Erkin, 24 Murillo, 25 Miranda, 33 D'Ambrosio, 55 Nagatomo, 94 Yao, 95 Miangue;
Midfielders: 5 Melo, 7 Kondogbia, 17 Medel, 19 Banega;
Forwards: 9 Icardi, 10 Jovetic, 11 Biabiany, 12 Bessa, 23 Eder, 44 Perisic.
Brozovic and Palacio won't take part in this match because of muscle tiredness. Don't worry, there isn't a serious injury issue for Inter, YET.
Ways to Watch:
Sky Calcio1 HD, Sky Sport 1 HD, Sky Supercalcio HD (Italy); CBS Sports Network (USA);