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Sunday April 13 2014
Mazzarri: 'Icardi was professional'

Walter Mazzarri wasn’t happy with Inter’s performance and had words for Mauro Icardi after a fiery 4-0 win at Sampdoria.

“I look at the performance, though I realise I’m the only one who does. Today we won, even though we played badly in the first half and Samp deserved more,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia.

“Sampdoria were pressing us, got to the ball quicker and that wasn’t the kind of performance I want from my side. After the break we adjusted and realised what we were supposed to do.
“As we’ve seen today, if you score at the right moment then the result won’t necessarily reflect the performance.

“We need to be consistent throughout the game and keep that mentality to never get distracted. If we want to win, then we need a different approach to the one we had at the start today.”

Mateo Kovacic received a rare start and impressed in midfield this afternoon.

“If I let him play, it’s because I saw he had improved. He has learned what I want from him, he played for the team and can do it even better. He’s very young, so I am convinced he can only improve and grow to become a champion.”

Andrea Ranocchia gave away a penalty with a rash challenge on Daniele Gastaldello.

“I never shelved Ranocchia, it’s just that at that time others were doing better. Perhaps he was excessively generous in making that tackle and should’ve just ushered the player away from goal, but he realised that the moment he did it too. It was an avoidable penalty.”

All eyes were on Icardi, who is involved in a love triangle with Maxi Lopez and Argentine model Wanda Nara.

Maxi, who was married to Wanda before she moved in with Icardi, snubbed an attempt to shake his hand before kick-off. He then had a penalty saved, while Icardi scored a brace and was booked for celebrating in a provocative manner.

“He shouldn’t have done that gesture with his ear, but for the rest he showed a really cool head to deal with the environment that had been created around him,” said Mazzarri.

“He can become a great centre-forward, as he has the goal in his DNA and we have told him many times he needs to focus only on playing football.

“Both Icardi and Maxi Lopez are professionals and they need to set everything else aside when they step on to the field. They are under the eyes of everyone and have a responsibility to the fans.”

The Coach also shrugged off rumours about his future or transfer strategy.

“I know what we say to each other. I have learned not to read the papers, as I just work with my team and hear only the absolute essentials. I don’t care about the rest.”

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