Former Inter Milan wingback Ezequiel Schelotto rose to the defense of the Nerazzurri following their defeat in the Champions League final.
Simone Inzaghi’s men reached the final of Europe’s most prestigious club competition but fell short against Manchester City.
The Nerazzurri performed admirably and had the Cityzens pegged back in their own areas at times. But Romelu Lukaku and company wasted some glorious chances in front of goal.
Eventually, Rodri’s solitary goal in the 68th minute proved enough for Pep Guardiola’s men who completed a historic treble.
However, Inter weren’t the only Italian club to lose a European final this season. Unfortunately for Calcio fanatics, Roma lost the Europa League final against Sevilla in a controversial fashion following dramatic penalty shootouts.
For their part, Fiorentina succumbed to defeat at the hands of West Ham United in the Conference League.
Nevertheless, Schelotto insists that reaching the final is a remarkable feat on its own that should never be taken for granted.
The 34-year-old has dual citizenship. He was born in Buenos Aires as an Argentine but represented Italy at the youth and senior levels.
Therefore, the wingback watched sorrowfully as the Azzurri missed out on back-to-back World Cups. But he believes that Italian football is on the right track as proven by the trio of finalists this season.
“I’m very sorry not to see Italy missing out on the World Cup twice in a row,” said Schelotto in an interview with TMW via FcInter1908.
“But I think the movement is growing, as demonstrated by the three European finals contested by Inter, Fiorentina and Roma.
“From the outside it’s easy to criticize, but I can guarantee you that it’s never easy to reach a final, let alone win it.
“But the current path of Italian football doesn’t lack anything. There are important players who want to grow and achieve important objectives. There are also very competent coaches.
“I’m sure Calcio will reclaim its past glories. The European Cups are a strong basis to start from”.
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For his part, Schelotto was an Inter player between 2013 and 2015. He signed for the club following a stint with Atalanta and eventually left as a free agent.
The well-traveled player represented the likes of Sassuolo, Parma, Cesena and many other clubs while never truly fulfilling the initial promise showcased at the start of his career.