Roberto Mancini Spoke to Inter Channel, here what he had to say:
“I’m very satisfied to be back here, because of the warmth I hold for Inter and the memories of what we achieved in the past, I still remember the first Coppa Italia we won, beating Roma in the final. Our rivalry with the Giallorossi in those days went down in the history of Italian football. Then we went on to defeat Juventus in the Italian Super Cup at the Stadio delle Alpi. From that moment on, the team never looked back.”
“We had some great players with bags of character. Over time, we developed an amazing level of maturity and it soon became clear that our squad was head and shoulders above the rest.”
What’s your favourite achievement?
“Well, I remember them all fondly rather than one in particular. The Scudetto we won at Parma was certainly more exciting than the others because it came down to the last day of the season, but they were all amazing in their own right.”
What about Manchester City?
“We had big financial resources, so it was easy, (Jokingly), but seriously, going to a league you’re not familiar with and constructing a winning team in a short space of time is no mean feat. We did well and we had luck on our side. The players we chose to bring in then went on to rewrite the Premier League and Manchester City history books. We won the league for the first time in 40 years. It was a wonderful adventure.”
“I really enjoyed my experience in Turkey. I met some splendid people and worked with many great players. We won the cup and even though we were in ninth position when I arrived, we finished second in the league. That was important as it meant we qualified directly for the Champions League. It was a very positive year. Spending time abroad really opens your mind. In England, for example, football has an altogether different meaning. It’s a source of great enjoyment for the fans, regardless of results,”
Which Inter player you liked the most?
“That’s a tough one, as there are so many names I could give you. Without wanting to disrespect all the others, I’ll go for Javier Zanetti, simply because he won everything here. He made history with this club. Under my reign he played in several positions and always excelled, whether that was as a full-back or midfielder.”
What do you think about Inter now?
“It’s been wonderful to come back here and experience that connection with the fans. Now it’s down to me to make the squad understand my ideas quickly so that we can taste success again. There’s work to do, but we’re on the right track.”
“First of all, we need to believe we can achieve that, otherwise there’s simply no point in it. It’ll be difficult, but you always need to have confidence in your own ability. It’s up to us to go for it, both in Serie A and the Europa League.”