Mongolia President Tsakhia
Elbegdorj talked of Genghis Khan and his country's famous horses
during a visit to Inter Milan this week but coach Claudio
Ranieri will have more mundane things on his mind against Chievo
With only four points from six Serie A matches so far,
Inter, given an invitation to visit Mongolia, could be
contemplating trips to less exotic places such as Padova, Bari
and Brescia if they do not start picking up points soon.
Ranieri made a bright start when he replaced Gian Piero
Gasperini, fired after five competitive games in charge, with a
3-1 win at Bologna .
The revival was brief, however, as they slumped to a 3-0
home defeat against Napoli then lost 2-1 at Catania a week ago
when new signing Diego Forlan was missing with a hamstring
That has left them level with relegation candidates Bologna
and Lecce and only two points clear of bottom club Cesena.
The bright spot for Ranieri has been Inter's European form,
with Tuesday's 1-0 win at Lille following their earlier 3-2
victory over CSKA Moscow.
"One swallow does not make a spring but the important thing
is to have won," he said after Tuesday's match against the
"The lads are working hard, they are taking it seriously,
it's a black period but we want to turn over the page and this
result is good for morale."
Inter's troubles have certainly not discouraged Elbegdorj, a
self-confessed Inter fan who said he stays up at night to watch
Elbegdorj visited Inter on Wednesday and suggested that the
club could help to develop football in his country, currently a
modest 167th in the FIFA rankings.
"There are thousands of Mongolians who are fans of Inter. We
are building a stadium for football and we are setting up an
academy for youngsters who want to play this sport and we would
like to collaborate with Inter," he said.
"We're proud of our history and our conquests. Everyone
knows the figure of Gengis Khan. In our country, there are more
horses than people, six million horses and three million people.
They are the most famous horses in the world. I hope that in the
future our country can also be famous for football."
Juventus and Udinese, level at the top with 12 points apiece
and both still unbeaten, have home matches, Juventus hosting Genoa
on Saturday and Udinese entertaining Novara on Sunday.
Defending champions Milan, in 13th place with eight points
and themselves far from convincing, visit Lecce on Sunday.
Like Inter, their form has been better in Europe and
Wednesday's 2-0 win over BATE Borisov left them with seven
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