Inter Milan’s Luciano Spalletti not bothered by possible Lionel Messi return ahead of Barcelona battle

Barca's talisman Lionel Messi is in line to make an earlier-than-expected return from injury against Inter Milan on Tuesday. (AFP)
Updated 05 November 2018
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Inter Milan’s Luciano Spalletti not bothered by possible Lionel Messi return ahead of Barcelona battle

LONDON: Inter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti said he was not worried about the possible return to the Barcelona side of Lionel Messi ahead of his side’s Champions League clash against the Catalan club today.
The Argentine could make an earlier-than-expected return from a broken arm against the Italians at the San Siro.
But while he described Messi as the icing on Barcelona’s cake, Spalletti said he would not make any special changes to cope with the talisman’s possible return.
“Messi is the icing on the cake. His is the shirt that children who dream of being footballers ask for,” said Spalletti.
“But Barcelona have shown that even without him, they still have the mentality to develop their game, which is what makes the difference.
“It’s a worry for anyone if Messi plays, but the attitude doesn’t change.
“We’re facing one of the strongest clubs in the world in any case. We need to be better in our reading of the game, but we’re going to mark space, not men.”
Barcelona are top of Group B with maximum points from three games, ahead of Inter Milan who lost 2-0 in Spain.
A draw against Inter would guarantee the Spaniards qualification to the last 16 while victory would secure top spot, with two games still to spare.
Inter need a win to all but book their passage to the last 16 in a group which also includes Tottenham and PSV Eindhoven.
“It’s the time to show what we’re worth,” said Spalletti. 



Princess becomes first Saudi woman to head sports club

Updated 22 July 2019
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Princess becomes first Saudi woman to head sports club

  • Princess Nourah thanked her hosts for the hospitality and outlined her ambitions for the team’s future

RIYADH: Princess Nourah bint Saad has officially become the first Saudi woman to be president of a sports club. Italian news outlet Corriere Della Sera reported recently that the princess had successfully acquired the Umbrian football club Spoleto.

Speaking at a press conference, the princess thanked her hosts for the hospitality and outlined her ambitions for the team’s future. 

“Football is a family passion, and Italian football is followed all over the world. This is why I chose to invest in Umbria,” she said. 

Princess Nourah chose the team after considering several aspects. “Spoleto is a small, amateur football organization where it is possible to work with the aim of growing and aiming for promotion. But we cannot fail to consider the value and beauty of the city of Spoleto, which is famous throughout the world.” Spoleto is a member of Serie D of the Italian non-professional football association, Lega Nazionale Dilettanti.  The association represents more than 12,000 football players and 400 football teams across Italy and is considered the fourth-ranked league in the country. Under the princess’s presidency, the team aims to ascend to Serie C in the near future, and further in the long term.

Spoleto announced that they have formally registered for the Excellence Umbria 2019/2020 championship and the Regional Junior Championship 2019/2020.

This purchase marks the Saudi royal family’s second venture into sports club ownership. Prince Abdullah bin Musa’ad co-owns English Premier League football club Sheffield United.