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Serie A Preview: Livorno - Inter

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After a frustrating week, Inter can get its quest for European football back on track against strugglers Livorno on Monday.

The Milan outfit has not featured in a continental competition this season following a disappointing ninth-place finish last season, but it is firmly in the mix for a Europa League spot.

However, Walter Mazzarri has seen his side lull lately and could find itself in sixth spot by the time it kicks off at Stadio Armando Picchi on Monday.

After taking seven points from its fixtures with Roma, Torino and Hellas Verona, Inter was beaten by Atalanta on Sunday before being kept to a frustrating scoreless draw by Udinese in midweek.

Mazzarri has frequently talked of using his debut campaign at the club as a way of sorting his squad before a potentially decisive offseason, with continued financial backing expected from owner Erick Thohir.

Nemanja Vidic has already agreed to move to San Siro, while Fernando Torres, Edin Dzeko and Alvaro Morata are on Inter's radar, and Mazzarri is keen to ensure his side finishes the season on a high after Thohir refused to give assurances that the former Napoli coach will still be in charge at the start of the next campaign.

"Most of all, I think we need to end the season well, and then we can start from there," he said. "After the season's end we can evaluate everything together calmly. We all have the same purpose in mind."

While Inter is targeting European football, Monday's opponents have Serie A survival on their agenda.

Domenico Di Carlo's side has won just once in its last six attempts and was kept firmly in the relegation mire when it was beaten 2-0 at Atalanta on Wednesday.

Giuseppe De Luca and German Denis were on target in a routine win, but Di Carlo is confident his charges can turn their poor form around.

"Being together and united is absolutely fundamental," he said prior to the defeat at Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia. "Our fight is a fight for survival, along with four or five other teams. We are ready to give it our best in every game we play."

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