Ex-Inter Midfielder Ezequiel Schelotto: “Scoring In The Milan Derby Was An Unforgettable Emotion”

Ex-Inter Midfielder Ezequiel Schelotto: “Scoring In The Milan Derby Was An Unforgettable Emotion”
January 1, 2021 19:30
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Former Inter midfielder Ezequiel Schelotto says he has never forgotten the feeling of scoring on his debut for the club in the Derby della Madonnina.

The Argentine made 13 appearances for the Nerazzurri during a six-month spell in 2013, having signed in the January transfer window from Atalanta.

But his greatest moment in Inter colours came in his very first appearance when he headed in a second-half equaliser to rescue a 1-1 draw against AC Milan.

Speaking to FcInterNews.it in a lengthy interview about his career, Schelotto recalled: “The emotion I felt after scoring was so strong that I have the date of that match [24 February 2013] tattooed on my body.

“I almost couldn’t believe I’d scored; that goal helped me put my departure from Atalanta in difficult circumstances behind me, it was like a liberation.

“For the first time I had all six of my brothers, my parents, my future wife and my nephews at the stadium: there were 16 Schelottos all in the stands at San Siro.

“After scoring I thought about all the sacrifices my parents had made for me; that goal was a gift for them too and I thank Massimo Moratti for helping me by opening the doors of the club to me.”

Schelotto left Inter in the summer of 2013 and went on to play for Sassuolo, Parma, Chievo, Sporting Lisbon and Brighton, before becoming a free agent last summer.

The 31-year-old admitted he would have wanted to stay longer in Milan but insisted he had no regrets about his time with the Nerazzurri.

“Unfortunately these are things that happen,” he said, when asked about why he ended up on the fringes of Andrea Stramaccioni’s squad.

“A few months after my arrival the club was sold and there were a lot of changes, among which the arrival of a new head coach [Walter Mazzarri].

“I still had four years left on my contract and I’d have wanted a few more opportunities than I was given, but it’s OK, life goes on.”

Inter finished ninth in Serie A in Schelotto’s only season at the club, following a dramatic collapse in the second half of the campaign.

By Will Beckman