Inter look to bounce back against Palermo this weekend.

Screen Shot 2016-03-07 at 14.47.27 by LIAM RICHNER

Featured Match: Inter Milan v Palermo

A lone figure in the away dugout with his side losing 2-0 to Chievo, new Inter head coach Frank De Boer realised there and then the mammoth task that lays in front of him. 

The former Ajax manager joined I Nerazzurri just two weeks before the start of the new campaign after Roberto Mancini was sacked.

Taken over by a Chinese Consortium in the summer, the expectations at the club have risen slightly. De Boer knows that a repeat of the fourth placed finish Mancini achieved with the team in 2015-16 is unacceptable.

We will always associate Inter with that historic treble-winning side under Jose Mourinho back in 2010. The Inter of old dominated the domestic side of things between 2005-2010 in a similar fashion to how Juventus had conquered Italy in recent years.

Nowadays, the blue and black side of Milan have had a bit of a dry patch.

It’s been five years since the club last experienced the sweet taste of success (Coppa Italia), and six since they lasted won Serie ‘A’.

On one hand you could say De Boer has not been at the club long enough to stamp any of his philosophies on the team. Then again, if you want to challenge at the top you should really be beating the likes of Chievo.

Inter were completely outplayed against Gialloblu. Disorganised, disjointed, and no real threat on the attack, the fans let their boos echo at the full time result, and a better performance is needed this Sunday lunchtime against Palermo.

Palermo also come into the game on the back of a defeat, after they lost 1-0 to Sassuolo.

Slovakian defender Slodoban Rajkovic gave away a penalty and was sent off late on to cap a miserable debut.

The Rosanero, who are known for selling their best players, never really threatened the goal and look like they could be in for a tough campaign.

One would think that I Nerazzurri will be too strong for their visitors; especially on paper. Whether De Boer has got the team playing football his way will be interesting to find out.

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Napoli defeated Milan 3-0 in the corresponding fixture last season. 

Another spicy encounter this weekend comes from Naples, as Napoli host AC Milan on Saturday evening at the Stadio San Paolo.

This should be a game full of goals. Napoli had to overturn a two goal deficit to draw with newly promoted Pescara.

Milan also conceded twice, but with the help of Carlos Bacca, the Rossoneri narrowly beat Torino 3-2.

Both teams looked very shaky at the back, and with the likes of Bacca, Marek Hamsik, Arkadiusz Milik and Luiz Adriano on the pitch, one should expect a high scoring encounter.

Juventus, who are coming off the back of that 2-1 win against Fiorentina last week, travel to Lazio, who themselves come into the game off the back of a victory.

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Both Lazio and Juventus met in the 2015 Coppa Italia final. (image credit: Goal.com)

If you thought Juve struggled to kill off the game against Fiorentina, Lazio nearly bottled it at Atalanta last weekend.

In what was the game of the weekend, the away side went 3-0 up inside the first half, but only scraped to a 4-3 win.

Other fixtures:

Crotone v Genoa

Torino v Bologna

Cagliari v Roma

Sassuolo v Pescara

Fiorentina v Chievo

Sampdoria v Atalanta

Udinese v Empoli

 

 

 

 

 

 

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