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Infighting Threatens to Engulf Inter's Season

  • SI.com, Friday, March 14, 2008 4:30 PM
What was said to prompt Roberto Mancini's turnaround? The Inter Milan manager reversed his decision to quit this summer after talking with club owner Massimo Moratti. According to the Gazzetta dello Sport, Mancini only agreed to stay if Luis Figo, Adriano and Alvaro Recoba were all sold immediately. Mancini has reportedly fallen out with these and other players and staff, including Patrick Vieira, Hernan Crespo, club doctor Franco Combi and team director Marco Branca. According to the Gazzetta, Mancini's fallout with Figo happened after the player refused to come on as a substitute against Liverpool. Afterwards, he demanded that Moratti take a new one-year contract offer off the table. Meanwhile, second-place Roma will be hoping to capitalize as internal problems threaten to engulf Inter's season. The Giallorossi have already reduced an 11-point deficit to six in the last two months. And while many feel the unsettled atmosphere at Inter can only help the Romans' cause, captain Francesco Totti cautious: "I was surprised by Mancini's decision," Totti said. "They may have some problems now, we'll have to see how the players react, it could be a good thing or a bad thing." Roma faces a tough home clash with AC Milan on Saturday, while Inter hosts Palermo the following day.

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