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  • September 22, 2013
  • • 6:30 AM
  • • Stadio Città del Tricolore, Reggio Emilia
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Serie A Preview: Sassuolo - Inter

Serie A Preview: Sassuolo - Inter

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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

Inter travels 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 its opening three matches.

Serie B champion Sassuolo, meanwhile, is looking to claim a first point of the season when the two sides go head-to-head at the Tricolore.

Eusebio Di Francesco's side has lost all three of its games so far - including two against sides with whom it was promoted at the end of last season.

But, while Inter goes into the game as a strong favorite, 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 comes into the game having earned a hard-fought point against defending champion 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 defense 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 struggler 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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Sep 14, 2014Inter 7 - Sassuolo 0SR-A
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May 18, 2014Milan 2 - Sassuolo 1SR-A
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Sep 18, 2014Dnipro 0 - Inter 1EL
Sep 14, 2014Inter 7 - Sassuolo 0SR-A
Aug 31, 2014Torino 0 - Inter 0SR-A
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Available Squads
1Alberto PominiGoalkeeper
15Francesco AcerbiDefender
23Marcello GazzolaDefender
-Jonathan RossiniDefender
16Reto ZieglerDefender
45R. ChibsahMidfielder
4Francesco MagnanelliMidfielder
7Simone MissiroliMidfielder
28Jasmin KurtićMidfielder
-E. SchelottoMidfielder
83Antonio Floro FloresStriker
22Antonio RosatiGoalkeeper
79Gianluca PegoloGoalkeeper
-Raffaele PucinoDefender
3Alessandro LonghiDefender
5Luca AnteiDefender
20Paolo BiancoDefender
-Lino MarzorattiDefender
-Karim LaribiMidfielder
10Simone ZazaStriker
-Marius AlexeStriker
-Gaetano MasucciStriker
-Diego FariasStriker
1Samir HandanoviçGoalkeeper
2JonathanDefender
5Juan JesusDefender
14Hugo CampagnaroDefender
23Andrea RanocchiaDefender
55Yuto NagatomoDefender
13Fredy GuarínMidfielder
5Esteban CambiassoMidfielder
-Saphir TaiderMidfielder
-Ricardo ÁlvarezMidfielder
8Rodrigo PalacioStriker
-Luca CastellazziGoalkeeper
6Marco AndreolliDefender
-WallaceDefender
-Walter SamuelDefender
11Á. PereiraDefender
14RolandoDefender
10Mateo KovačićMidfielder
17Zdravko KuzmanovicMidfielder
-Parick OlsenMidfielder
9Ishak BelfodilStriker
9Mauro IcardiStriker
22Diego MilitoStriker

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