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September 22, 2013 4:00 PM IST
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Sassuolo-Inter Preview: Mazzarri's men can pile misery on hosts

Eusebio Di Francesco's men have endured a tough start to the season, having been promoted in May, while the Nerazzurri are riding on a wave of optimism

Alex Fisher

API

Inter travel south to Sassuolo on Sunday keen to pile more misery on one of Serie A's newest teams with a fourth win of the season.

New coach Walter Mazzarri has turned things around at San Siro following a disappointing 2012-13 campaign, with Inter having picked up two wins and a draw from their opening three matches.

Serie B champions Sassuolo, meanwhile, are looking to claim their first point of the season when the two sides go head-to-head at the Tricolore.

Eusebio Di Francesco's side have lost all three of their games so far - including two against sides with whom they were promoted at the end of last season.

But, while Inter go into the game as strong favourites, the club's president Massimo Moratti has urged caution from his side.

"Inter are the team who have to play against Sassuolo, a side new to Serie A brimming with enthusiasm," he said.

"They’re an opponent we should fear because results are never decided in advance and often you find that the emotional factor makes a big difference in games.

"I know we have a coach capable of instilling the right level of focus in the players. That's something Mazzarri is very good at and I'd like to see the same level of quality, strength and determination that we saw against Juventus."

Inter come into the game having earned a hard-fought point against defending champions Juventus last time out, whereas Sassuolo suffered a defeat to Verona.

Rodrigo Palacio leads the scoring charts for Mazzarri's side with two goals, while new signing Mauro Icardi struck the opening goal of the game against Juventus.

But it is in defence where the new coach appears to have had the biggest influence, with his back three of Jonathan, Juan and Andrea Ranocchia having only conceded one goal so far.

Di Francesco will be looking to experienced players such Reto Ziegler, Marcello Gazzola and Antonio Floro Flores to take the lead following his side's poor start.

And, while the early strugglers will be without Emanuele Terranova, Luca Marrone and Alberto Aladje could be fit to return.

For Inter, the only concern is Ranocchia who picked up a knock against Juventus, although he should be fit enough to play.



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Available Squads
1Alberto PominiGoalkeeper
15Francesco AcerbiDefender
23Marcello GazzolaDefender
-Jonathan RossiniDefender
86Reto ZieglerDefender
45Raman ChibsahMidfielder
4Francesco MagnanelliMidfielder
7Simone MissiroliMidfielder
28Jasmin KurtićMidfielder
-Ezequiel SchelottoMidfielder
83Antonio Floro FloresStriker
22Antonio RosatiGoalkeeper
79Gianluca PegoloGoalkeeper
2Raffaele PucinoDefender
3Alessandro LonghiDefender
5Luca AnteiDefender
20Paolo BiancoDefender
-Lino MarzorattiDefender
-Karim LaribiMidfielder
10Simone ZazaStriker
11Marius AlexeStriker
14Gaetano MasucciStriker
70Diego FariasStriker
1Samir HandanoviçGoalkeeper
2JonathanDefender
5Juan JesusDefender
14Hugo CampagnaroDefender
23Andrea RanocchiaDefender
55Yuto NagatomoDefender
13Fredy GuarínMidfielder
19Esteban CambiassoMidfielder
21Saphir TaiderMidfielder
11Ricardo ÁlvarezMidfielder
8Rodrigo PalacioStriker
12Luca CastellazziGoalkeeper
6Marco AndreolliDefender
18WallaceDefender
25Walter SamuelDefender
11Á. PereiraDefender
35RolandoDefender
10Mateo KovačićMidfielder
17Zdravko KuzmanovicMidfielder
-Parick OlsenMidfielder
39Ishak BelfodilStriker
9Mauro IcardiStriker
22Diego MilitoStriker
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
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Torino
19 0
Carlos Tévez Carlos Tévez
Striker
Juventus
18 1
Gonzalo Higuaín Gonzalo Higuaín
Striker
Napoli
17 5
Luca Toni Luca Toni
Striker
Hellas Verona
17 2
Rodrigo Palacio Rodrigo Palacio
Striker
Inter
15 0