Mancini: Icardi is still Inter's captain

Despite rumours he’ll move from Milan during the offseason, the Argentine forward will be the club’s captain for the foreseeable future, according to the Inter manager.

CHARLOTTE N.C. — Despite a public saga surrounding his potential exit from the club, Inter manager Roberto Mancini says that forward Mauro Icardi will continue to wear the captain’s armband for the Serie A side.

Icardi has been linked with moves to Napoli, which sold Gonzalo Higuain to Juventus earlier this week, and Arsenal, but while Roberto Mancini says he can’t look into a crystal ball to see if Icardi will still be in his squad when the window closes, he says that for now the Argentine will still wear the captain’s armband.

“Mauro is our captain,” Mancini said after a 4-1 International Champions Cup defeat to Bayern Munich. “I don’t know what can happen in the future, but he is the captain.”

Icardi came on with around 20 minutes left in the friendly and provided one of the few good moments for Inter on a day that saw Bayern ahead after just seven minutes and heading to the locker room with a 4-0 advantage. Icardi scored in the 90th minute to make sure that his club got on the scoreboard in a lopsided preseason contest. The Italian manager put down his club’s rough day to a grueling preseason that his team faced without several regulars who are resting after taking part in Euro 2016 or the Copa America Centenario.

“(The only) positive things are that we didn’t concede any goals in the second half, and only this because it was a very difficult match, one of the reasons that it’s impossible to play with 11 players three games in six days, travel, very, very hard,” Mancini said.

Among the players who didn’t take part in games in the U.S. are Croatia midfielder Ivan Perisic, Chilean defender Gary Medel and new signing Ever Banega. The absences of key players makes the Inter manager feel better about the adverse result Saturday, with the team sure to get a boost from those players’ return.

“We’re missing a lot of these players that are important players for us,” Mancini said. “When we have all of them, I think it will improve the team or not. We will see if on the market we arrive at new players or not, but when you don’t have four, five important players in the first XI, it’s difficult.”

Inter 1-4 Bayern Munich: Julian Green strikes first half hat-trick as Ancelotti's men ease past Nerazzurri

The United States international stole the headlines on home soil as he inspired Carlo Ancelotti’s men to an impressive victory over the Serie A side

Julian Green enjoyed a happy American homecoming as he scored a first-half hat-trick in Bayern Munich’s 4-1 thrashing of Inter in the International Champions Cup.

United States international Green has struggled to break into Bayern’s first team and had been linked with a loan move away from the Allianz Arena in the close-season.

But head coach Carlo Ancelotti stated this week that the 21-year-old has a role to play and the forward was in sublime form in the continued absence of Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller at the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.

Green turned home David Alaba’s cross to put Bayern ahead, before Franck Ribery quickly made it 2-0.

A clinical finish from Green stretched the lead further and a shell-shocked Inter were 4-0 down at the break when he completed his hat-trick inside 35 minutes.

The Bundesliga champions failed to replicate the same performance after the break, but the damage had been done long before Mauro Icardi netted a 90th-minute consolation.  

Ancelotti, whose side lost on penalties to AC Milan in their Champions Cup opener after a 3-3 thriller, can now look forward to a reunion with former club Real Madrid on Thursday.

Roberto Mancini, meanwhile, has much to ponder ahead of the Serie A season with Inter having been completely outclassed in North Carolina.

It took Bayern just seven minutes to break the deadlock as Alaba’s exquisite left-wing centre was side-footed home by the sliding Green.

Bayern were dominant in all departments and it was 2-0 six minutes later. Fabian Benko showed great footwork to the drag the ball to the byline with his left foot and cut back with his right for Ribery to tap in.

Inter imploded on the half-hour mark when some amateur defending at an aerial ball near the halfway line left Bayern with a two-on-one and Ribery slipped in Green, who coolly slotted home into the bottom right-hand corner from the edge of the box.

And Green completed his hat-trick in the 35th minute by tapping into the unguarded net after a superb ball across the face of goal from Benko.

Inter showed some improvement after the break with Bayern dropping off the pace and Rodrigo Palacio cut onto his left foot and got a shot away at goal that Alaba blocked.

Mancini brought on Icardi for the last 20 minutes, the Argentina striker having not played against PSG amid rumours he is being lined up by Napoli to replace Gonzalo Higuain, and he bagged a late strike by capitalising on an Alaba error and calmly side-footing home when one-on-one with the goalkeeper.

Inter 1-4 Bayern Munich: Julian Green strikes first half hat-trick as Ancelotti's men east past Nerazzurri

The United States international stole the headlines on home soil as he inspired Carlo Ancelotti’s men to an impressive victory over the Serie A side

Julian Green enjoyed a happy American homecoming as he scored a first-half hat-trick in Bayern Munich’s 4-1 thrashing of Inter in the International Champions Cup.

United States international Green has struggled to break into Bayern’s first team and had been linked with a loan move away from the Allianz Arena in the close-season.

But head coach Carlo Ancelotti stated this week that the 21-year-old has a role to play and the forward was in sublime form in the continued absence of Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller at the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.

Green turned home David Alaba’s cross to put Bayern ahead, before Franck Ribery quickly made it 2-0.

A clinical finish from Green stretched the lead further and a shell-shocked Inter were 4-0 down at the break when he completed his hat-trick inside 35 minutes.

The Bundesliga champions failed to replicate the same performance after the break, but the damage had been done long before Mauro Icardi netted a 90th-minute consolation.  

Ancelotti, whose side lost on penalties to AC Milan in their Champions Cup opener after a 3-3 thriller, can now look forward to a reunion with former club Real Madrid on Thursday.

Roberto Mancini, meanwhile, has much to ponder ahead of the Serie A season with Inter having been completely outclassed in North Carolina.

It took Bayern just seven minutes to break the deadlock as Alaba’s exquisite left-wing centre was side-footed home by the sliding Green.

Bayern were dominant in all departments and it was 2-0 six minutes later. Fabian Benko showed great footwork to the drag the ball to the byline with his left foot and cut back with his right for Ribery to tap in.

Inter imploded on the half-hour mark when some amateur defending at an aerial ball near the halfway line left Bayern with a two-on-one and Ribery slipped in Green, who coolly slotted home into the bottom right-hand corner from the edge of the box.

And Green completed his hat-trick in the 35th minute by tapping into the unguarded net after a superb ball across the face of goal from Benko.

Inter showed some improvement after the break with Bayern dropping off the pace and Rodrigo Palacio cut onto his left foot and got a shot away at goal that Alaba blocked.

Mancini brought on Icardi for the last 20 minutes, the Argentina striker having not played against PSG amid rumours he is being lined up by Napoli to replace Gonzalo Higuain, and he bagged a late strike by capitalising on an Alaba error and calmly side-footing home when one-on-one with the goalkeeper.

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'It's not acceptable!' – Rummenigge tells off Ribery over Guardiola dig

The Roten chief was not impressed with the former France international’s comments on the Catalan coach following Carlo Ancelotti’s arrival

Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has told Franck Ribery off after his recent criticism of ex-coach Pep Guardiola.

The Frenchman took aim at the current Manchester City manager earlier this week, stating Guardiola “lacks experience” and “talks too much”.

Rummenigge, however, has made it the clear the experienced winger’s comments are not acceptable.

“Ribery’s reaction normal for a frustrated player? No, there is no reason to hit out at Guardiola,” Rummenigge told Bayrischen Rundfunk.


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“We have won a lot of things during Guardiola’s time in charge.

“We have hugely benefited from Guardiola’s spell and there is no point in hitting out at him like that. It is too soon to make comparisons between Guardiola and Ancelotti.

“Carlo has a slightly different style, but each coach has his own ideas when it comes to tactics. Pep was all about dominant football and about having the ball.

“The important thing is winning and being successful, though.”