Inter President Steven Zhang is aiming to build upon the season just gone and to improve the team even further going into the next campaign.
Speaking on the club’s official site, the President outlined his ambitions for next season, and also spoke highly of head coach Simone Inzaghi after the 46-year-old’s first season in charge.
Inter had a strong season even with having missed out on the Serie A title on the final day of the campaign, winning the Coppa Italia and the Supercoppa Italiana and progressing to the round of sixteen in the Champions League.
The team have quickly taken on the identity given to them by coach Simone Inzaghi following the former Lazio boss’s appointment at the start of next summer, and signs are encouraging that further growth could be achieved next season.
The summer transfer window and preparations for the season will also play a big role in how the team grows under Inzaghi, but Zhang has made clear that his ambition is for the team to improve.
“It’s been an amazing season,” he said. “We’ve added two trophies to our collection and advanced in the Champions League, getting through to the round of sixteen after so long. Unfortunately, we didn’t win the Scudetto, but we saw that we were able to fight to the end.”
“Congratulations to AC Milan and to all our competitors in the league,” he added. “We’re really happy to see our fans celebrate. Overall, it’s been a historic year which we’ll all remember.”
Zhang said that “The season has just finished but we don’t stop working. We’re already thinking about the next one. As a football club, our main objective is to stay competitive and fight for the biggest trophies, always looking ahead and aiming for the top.”
“Our meeting today allowed us to plan for next season and to try to improve on last year,” he explained.
“We started six years ago,” the President went on. “Finally, last year we won the Scudetto and this year we’ve added two trophies to our collection. It shows we’re headed in the right direction.”
“In the past few years, we’ve managed to increase our points tally and it’s been especially impressive over the last three years,” Zhang said. “It shows that the players and staff in Appiano are moving in the right direction.”
The President continued, “I also want to thank all the employees who work in the offices. It’s a team effort. The work of our staff and the support of our fans have brought us these results over the last six years.”
He acknowledged that “There have been ups and downs, but we believe we’re on the right path. Next season, we’re going to continue to bring that motivation and push forward.”
“I said to the coach a few months ago that working with him keeps me calm,” he said of his relationship with Inzaghi. “It’s a pleasure working with someone like him in this industry. He’s a very intelligent man.”
“He’s a great coach,” Zhang continued, “which you can see in the results on the pitch. He creates a calm atmosphere whether in the office or dressing room. We’ll move forward together. I can see his deep affinity with Inter. He has the support of the fans and all of us.”
He outlined his ambition that “Looking ahead to next season, we must be very competitive, even more so than before. The aim is always to improve.”
“Getting results is the main aim of the club and everything else comes along with that,” he explained. “Moreover, as one of the biggest football clubs in the world, we must be sustainable at every level, including the employees, management and players.”
Zhang said that :We’ll be looking at our cost and organization structures, the company culture, marketing and commercial abilities, supporting our partners and sponsors, and bringing joy to our fans all over the world.”
“The best moment has been seeing the fans return to the stadium and support the players,” he closed. “That was the most memorable part of the season and we hope it will continue next year.”