Inter legend Javier Zanetti has been discussing how it felt to captain Inter to their first-ever treble back in 2009/10 under Jose Mourinho, according to a report in the Italian media.
Speaking during an interview with Sorare, as reported by FcINternews, the Argentine midfielder talked about the responsibility of being a captain and how it felt to captain some of the best players in the world at the time.
“Being captain is a great responsibility, first of all because I started doing it when I was young. Then I was captain of great players, like Baggio, Ronaldo, Eto’o, Ibrahimovic.
“A captain is not the one who shouts the most, but he is the one who makes the difference by example.”
Javier Zanetti also talked through the feeling of the whole season and the emotions that the players felt whilst Jose Mourinho guided them through the Champions League knockout rounds.
“It was an intense, special year, each of us felt we were facing a great opportunity. José was able to build a group of great players, with great personality.
“In the last two months we have had two decisive games: the one against Chelsea was complicated, then with Barcelona it was an early final.”
Finally, Javier Zanetti showed the pride it gave him to win the final at the Bernabeu in Madrid and make Inter the only team to date to have won the treble from Serie A.
“Finally the real final, in the Bernabeu, with everything that represents that stadium. As captain, I had the privilege to lift the cup and bring him back to Milan.
“He will always remain in the history of the club and football: for me it was like making a dream come true.”
Inter won the final 2-0 against Bayern Munich thanks to two finishes from Argentine striker Diego Milito who would become a cult hero for Inter fans.