The Inter Milan team gave their head coach Roberto Mancini a reason to celebrate his birthday after they came behind to beat FC Dnipropetrovsk by 2-1 to secure the first place in the Europa League. Inter,who were already one man down managed to come from behind to beat their opponents.Inter made errors in the early stages of the game and got punished when Nikola Kalinic released Yevhen Konoplyanka on the left who crossed the ball to ensure Ruslan Rotan riffles a ball to the Inter goals.
After that missed chance by Dnipro they were caught sleeping and Zdravko Kuzmanovic punished them with a good right footed finish goal after a scramble in the area and failure to clear the ball.The second yellow card for Inter Milan skipper changed the complexion of the game but the Serie A side continued to attack and as a result Hernanes managed to crack the defence wide open with a pass that allowed Pablo Osvaldo to beat goalkeeper Boyko with a hard and low shot.
Rotan and Kalinic would later come close to upsetting the visitors but Yehven Seleznyov good shot was flagged offside againThe side still has a chance to join Inter Milan in the round of 32 but they will have to beat the AS Saint Etienne and wait on Qarabag FK fall or loose against Inter on the same match day.Mancini’s men want to do well in this season of the Europa League as they failed to compete effectively in the competition last season.
The club has been in the drought of winning tittles in the past seasons and Mancini is hoping to change all this as he is transforming the team and urging players to believe in themselves once again.Inter Milan last cup win spell was when they won the Uefa Champions League being led by Jose Mourinho. The club has not been able to claim the any tittle ever since and has lost a couple of quality players like Mario Balotelli and Samuel Eto’o who were key players for the team.
Mancini was brought to the team to ensure that the side return to their winning ways, the coach has a task of doing well in the Europa League competition and the Serie A. He had a good spell at Inter Milan when he managed the team the first time around and is likely to do it again. The former Manchester City coach cited that he is happy with the team performance so far but off course there is room for improvement going forward.
Roberto Mancini background profile
Roberto Mancini began his career as a player for Sampdoria ,the Serie A side that he helped win the Serie A league title, four Coppe Italia and one European Cup Winner’s Cup. Mancini Left Sampdoria in 1997 and went to join Lazio where he also won a couple of tittles.At the end of his career as a player at Lazio he became a coaching assistant. His first role as a coach was at Fiorentina where he lead the team to a Coppa Italia tittle. Mancini left the Serie A side when it filed for bankruptcy after suffering from financial constraints.
He moved to Lazio a few months later where the team was also challenged by financial challenges ending up losing a number of key team players.Mancini managed again to win the Coppa Italia at Lazio even though there we financial problems cited at the club.Roberto Mancini moved on to coach Inter Milan, on of the biggest clubs in Italy which had an abundance of resources.As a result he managed to win three Serie A tittles for the club,also breaking a record of 17 straight wins in one league season and being the most successful coach in 30 years.However,Mancini failed to win the UEFA Champions league and was eventually dismissed in 2008 despite his impressive domestic triumph.
After taking a one year break from football he was appointed by Manchester City as their head coach in 2009 where he remarkably transformed the club from an average mid-table competitor to a top three club in the premiership.Mancini has won 25 trophies in total as a player and coach,he is one of the most respected coaches in Europe an he is now back at Inter Milan as manager.