Inter Milan face Barcelona in the Champions League in what promises to be a classic between two of Europe’s biggest giants. The Catalan giants will be entering the match as the favorites despite their unconvincing draw in the opening game away to Dortmund.

Inter Milan have looked rejuvenated this season under manager Antonio Conte who has been able to revive the fortunes of the Italian club. They have been perfect in the Serie A run as they look to end Juventus’ dominance.

However facing Barcelona at the Nou Camp is a different battle to that of the Serie A. The last time that Inter Milan had any meaning full impact in the Champions League they were able to bank on a strong defence,

The likes of Christian Chivu, Walter Samuel, Lucio, and Javier Zanetti were the bedrock for the treble-winning team. Antonio Conte has a similar defence with Diego Godin, Milan Skriniar and De Vrij excellent players alongside the experienced KwadwoAsamoah.

Chivu on Mourinho

Christian Chivu has stated that Jose Mourinho is the best coach that he has ever worked with in his career.

He played under him at Inter Milan, and he said that he is the best person when it comes to managing his players.

He said that Mourinho knows how to motivate his players and that he knows how to make them play for him. Chivu said that the Portuguese manager knows how to talk to his players and make sure that they give their best on the pitch.

He said that Jose Mourinho makes you believe as a player that you are the best in the world and that you can beat anyone. He said that it was very easy to play for a manager like this as he does not overcomplicate things.

He said that even when they played against a team such as Barcelona which was superior to them both technically and tactically, he made his players believe that they were the best in the world and that they could win. The results were that they managed to beat the Spanish club and ended up winning the Champions League. Continue reading “Chivu on Mourinho”


Christian Chivu confessed that the Serie A game between Roma and Inter Mila was “beautiful.”

The former AS Roma and Inter Milan star, despite being retired, follows the Serie A keenly. Roma defeated Inter Milan 2-1 to move up to the third position in th league.

Inter Milan thrashed defending champions Juventus, and Roma have defeated Inter. Happenings suggest that there could be a new Serie A champions this term. Despite the loss of Inter, Chivu opines that the side would end the term well.
“The match was really beautiful, although it could have ended with a bigger result in regard to the chances. They are two teams still looking for balance,” Chivu told SportItalia.

The former Belgium international started his career in his native country, before moving to Ajax in 1999. He played for Roma from 2003 till he joined Inter in 2007. Chivu said he saw a strong potential from the Inter squad.
“Inter are still finding difficulties, but I saw their potential. I can say that they’ll make life difficult for others.”


Christoph Daum has made his plans for the Romanian national football team known to the Football Association, according to reports.

The German tactician was recently hired to set the country back in the right path after their poor Euro 2016 run.

Daum won the German Bundesliga and was set to take over the German national team until a controversy prevented him. The Romanian Football Association had presented the 62-year old to the country as the messiah to restore them into the right path. He was asked to make plans that will take the country’s football forward. Daum takes over from former coach Anghel Iordanescu whose contract the Football Association refused to renew after a review of the performance of the national team at the continental tournament.

Romania lacked leaders like former Inter Milan defender Christian Chivu or real talented play makers that could turn things around for the team. Iordanescu did his best qualifying the team for the tournament but the team could only garner a point from the group stage. They lost two games and played a draw, ensuring they crashed out at the group stage.


Romania head into the Euro 2016 tournament in France with a leaderless crop of players.

Ever since the likes of Cristian Chivu and Adrian Mutu retired from international football, supporters have watched the current crop churn out dismal performances. Romania is set to take on France, Albania and Switzerland in Group A at Euro starting in a few days.

Romania would have it difficult qualifying from the group though there are expectations that they qualify for the next round at the continental tournament. The results of the pre tournament warm up games were not very impressive, playing a 1-1 draw against DR Congo before losing 4-3 to Ukraine in Italy last month. The two results broke the hearts of the fans and revealed the team’s limiting abilities. It brought back the fears ahead of their opener with France on June 10.

Their star player Cordoba’s Florin Andone was amazing at the second tier of Spanish football, scoring 21 goals last season. He has attracted several from La Liga clubs ahead of next season. The 23-year-old is hungry and always ready to put up a fight. He has had a rapid rise moving from third tier football in 2014 since getting promotion to Cordoba’s first team. Manager Anghel Iordanescu will be hoping he brings his best in France. Continue reading “THE LEADERLESS GENERATION OF ROMANIA HEAD TO EURO 2016”

Playing versus BATE, Roma was able to secure

Playing versus BATE, Roma was able to secure the one point that they needed to move ahead in Europe, but, still, they found themselves being booed by the home crowd as they were making their way out of the arena.

It was really a far worse performance put on by Roma than what was expected and it could have cost them the knockouts berth if Bayern Leverkusen had managed to win versus Barcelona in a game that was going on in the same duration, but, thankfully, that game proved turned out to be a draw as well and it made sure Roma got through.

Speaking to press, the boss Garcia said, “Yes, we know it was not one of our best performances, but, the job was done which is the most important thing. We had a lot of shots on target and when you are doing that, it means the squad is doing alright.”

“You see how many guys are out of the side with injuries. I was clearly short of options. I was looking to take off Edin, but, it was not possible. I did not have anyone to send out there to play in his position.”

“It was one of the primary goals that we had set, to make the Round of 16 in Europe and that’s done. It’s all positive at the moment. The mid season transfer window, we will be doing some business and will be able to add some depth to the squad.” Continue reading “Playing versus BATE, Roma was able to secure”