The words uttered by Roberto Mancini in the aftermath of the elimination in the Europa League (“Maybe we shouldn’t play in the European cups and focus on the league) have fueled doubts at Inter. According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, there shouldn’t even be any doubt: participate in the next Europa League no matter what. Indeed, it remains an obligation even if it is the preliminaries. At least that’s the idea of Erick Thohir, ready to change the plans for the team this summer in case of sixth place: the Asian tour will be shortened, the team will have shorter holidays, while the training camp in Brunico will take placec in early July before leaving for the East. The tycoon is angry about the results offered by the team in the Europa League, but was encouraged by the coach with whom he remains in full harmony. The Indonesian now expects a decent season finale and next year a team that can challenge for a trophy. Present at the stadium, the former patron Massimo Moratti instead spoke with Mancini eye to eye both before and after the match with Wolfsburg and in the locker room to the team, to which he said he appreciated the effort but which now needs to give much more.
“The more tangible presences, however, – writes the pink newspaper – remain those of CEO Marco Fassone and Sporting Director Piero Ausilio. The two remained with Mancini for nearly an hour on Thursday night at San Siro to analyze the defeat, do further evaluation for the future and outline the strategy for the immediate. The first thing to shake off was that a group which made an effort against the Germans did not have the blood in their eyes that the situation – and the 42 000 who flocked to San Siro, in the beginning capable of creating an atmosphere of old times, called for. The absence of the fire is evidenced by one statistic: one yellow card, that of Medel. Yesterday morning the team met in Appiano for a traning session. But before they received a reprimand from four voices (even that of Thohir which was in a text message from Jakarta) which read something like this: ‘It is not easy to get up after a night like that, but you can’t give in like that. You must react immediately, otherwise the risk is that you start accepting defeat as a habit. Europe remains possible and essential’,” concludes the newspaper.