Former Inter President Moratti: “As Strange As Mourinho’s Departure Was, It Was A Fair Ending”

Former Inter President Moratti: “As Strange As Mourinho’s Departure Was, It Was A Fair Ending”
May 23, 2020 12:00
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In an interview with Italian broadcaster Sport Mediaset yesterday afternoon, former Inter president and owner Massimo Moratti has recalled what his first thoughts were immediately after Inter won the Champions League to complete their historic treble in the 2009/10 season.

“My first thoughts after the final whistle after the match against Bayern were about my father and my family and the previous European cup wins in 1964 and 1965,” he began the interview.

He then spoke on some of the most important things behind the club being so successful that season.

“We always believed in ourselves, even in difficult or dramatic moments like in Kiev against Dinamo or at the Camp Nou against Barcelona. The experience of the group, the class of the new signings and the ability of a special manager all made a difference.

Moratti then proceeded by discussing Jose Mourinho’s departure immediately after the Champions League win and his replacement Rafa Benitez.

Rather than return with the team to celebrate into the early hours with the rest of the team and staff, Mourinho remained in Madrid and soon took charge of Real Madrid.

“Today I think that, after all, strange as it was, it was a fair ending or at least responsive to the personal ambitions of a man who you cannot restrain or hinder. Unfortunately, the choice of his immediate successor, who was a good manager, did not marry to the team.”

Moratti bought Inter back in 1995 from Ernesto Pellegrini and is said to have invested over €1 billion during his 18 years as Inter’s majority shareholder.

Erick Thohir became majority shareholder in 2013 and Moratti’s final shares in the club were snapped up when Suning took over in 2016.

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