In an interview with Milan based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, former Inter president and owner Massimo Moratti has reflected on Inter’s Coppa Italia win over Roma which occurred 10 years ago and was the first trophy Inter picked up during that famous treble winning campaign.
“Nothing is exorcised in football, that May 5th remains. Even if Milito then made it less bitter. However, due to superstition, I did not go to that match,” he explained in the interview which appeared in today’s print edition.
“That win laid the foundations for the rest. That was the toughest match of the three, we suffered in proper Inter style. Roma were our rivals during those years and were keen to outdo us.”
He then went on to discuss how the games that saw Inter clinch the Serie A title and Champions League were different to the above game.
“The match against Siena was another battle but different. They were not as strong as Roma but played with a fierce determination.
“There was also a real party in the dressing room after it. The Scudetto prepared us best for the Champions League.
“The match against Bayern Munich was paradoxically the least difficult. We had suffered enough in Barcelona. Emotionally, we won the Champions League at Camp Nou. The most dramatic game of my life.
“We played almost the entire match with 10 men after the unfair sending off of Thiago Motta. There we understood that fate was on our side and that we could overcome any obstacle.”
Moratti proceeded to share his belief that former Inter midfielder Esteban Cambiasso will one day manage the club.
“I still cannot understand how Real Madrid let someone like him go. He arrived under Mancini and started well and with the help of the staff he got even better. Sooner or later he will manage Inter.”
He then recalled being mocked for signing legendary Inter defender Maicon from French side AS Monaco.
“At the time, some made fun of me for that expense. Meanwhile, the greatest right-back in Inter history arrived.”
He was then asked what he thought about after each win on the road to winning the Champions League and recalled how he celebrated when the final whistle went in Madrid which crowned Inter Champions League winners.
“I thought of Giacinto Facchetti after each victory. ‘After so much suffering together, you should be here to enjoy it too’ I said to myself.
“I was emptied, having hit the target I had always been after. I thought ‘now what can go wrong? Ah yes, Mou leaving us…’.
“I decided not to return to Milan with the team because there was no Mou and I didn’t want to be the centre of attention. I let my son bring the trophy to San Siro, who, like the rest of the family, had been close to me on that path.”
He was then asked whether Mourinho and current Inter manager Antonio Conte are similar to one another.
“I do not know Conte well enough to judge but they are to people who are obsessed with football and have the desire to give everything.”
He was also asked what he would like to see Inter do in the event that Lautaro Martinez is to depart the club in the coming months amid continued links to Barcelona.
“If Messi arrives, great but if Leo is impossible, I’d like Dybala instead of Il Toro.”
He concluded by hitting out as Juventus president Andrea Agnelli who recently liked tweets suggesting Juventus were not like Inter and would not accept titles given to them.
“There’s a very slight difference. Back then, it was cheating. Now, it’s a virus that has paralysed the planet.”