Inter Milan spent a lot of money in securing the services of Switzerland wingerXherdan Shaqiri from Bayern Munich at the start of the January transfer window. He has immediately repaid them with an impressive performance against Sampdoria in the Italian cup.
Struggling to find their form in the league, Inter can at least look forward to playing in the next round of the Coppa Italia after a 2-0 win sees them through to the next round. The two teams were unable to find the decisive breakthrough for much of the match untilXherdan Shaqiri came up with the opening goal in the 71st minute.
Icardi’s goal close to injury time confirmed the victory, while Sampdoria were reduced to just nine men by that period. Despite the obvious man advantage, Inter manager Roberto Mancini was especially happy with his new signingShaqiri. Continue reading Inter Milan helped Shaqiri a lot
Roma striker Francesco Totti remains as one of the few one club players still plying their trade in the European leagues.
The 38-year-old may be coming to the end of his career, but he still contributes immensely to the team. His goal against Manchester City in the Champions League away from home is a testament to the fact that Totti still remains at the top of his game. However, many feel that he is about to retire within the next couple of years. It is almost certain that he will be involved with Roma in some position, but the 38-year-old has revealed his desire to become a manager.
There have been a number of Italian players who have become managers in recent history. Carlo Ancelotti is one of the popular ones after the former AC Milan midfielder managed to embark on a successful coaching career. Totti has played an instrumental role in Roma once again challenging for the title this season. After 12 rounds of Italian Serie A, they remain only three points behind table leaders Juventus. The striker was recently given the Facchetti Award as a recognition for the immense contribution he has made to the game in the last decade or so. During the award ceremony, Totti said that Fifa should consider giving individual FIFA Ballon d’Or awards for every position.
“I would like to become Roma’s Coach, of course. You know that just a few days ago I was talking with a friend and told them: ‘[The ex-players] are doing it all. I think that eventually, [coaching] will also appeal to me’. Maybe I’ll start with the kids, although perhaps there is no need at the moment.
After all, it doesn’t take players of my ilk long to learn. I’d only [play my son Cristian] if he deserved it. It would lead me to some discomfort for sure, but I would never have any problems with Cristian. He’s a good boy,” said Totti.