In an interview with Italian newspaper Il Giorno, which appeared in yesterday’s print edition, former Inter president and owner Massimo Moratti reflected on Inter’s treble winning season and how it felt once the club completed it and became the only Italian club in history to do so.

“I remember it as a day of celebration, even before the game,” he began the interview.

“We were happy to be in the final. Winning the Coppa Italia and the league had given us happiness and confidence, then Jose Mourinho, who knew the opponent well, gave us security. After Barcelona and that terrible suffering, we expected to win.”

He then went on to speak more on Mourinho, who is currently in charge at Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur.

“We didn’t have many friends around, but that year it depended only on us. When he was controversial, he always did it to give the team a certain mentality. Thinking about his departure to Real Madrid, he did something really terrible.”

In conclusion Moratti spoke briefly on current Inter president Steven Zhang, who is the youngest president in the club’s history, and Inter manager Antonio Conte: “Zhang can be considered a true fan. Conte is a hard worker and gives guarantees.”

Moratti bought a controlling stake in Inter in 1995 from Ernesto Pellegrini and was the club’s majority shareholder up until 2013. Moratti’s remaining shares in the club were then snapped up in 2016 when current owners Suning took charge of the club.

During Moratti’s tenure in charge, Inter won a total of 17 trophies, including five straight Serie A titles between the 2005/06 season and the 2009/10 season.