Former Inter Milan midfielder reveals some of his favorites in the current Nerazzurri squad, but hardly has positive things to say about Frank de Boer and his disastrous spell.
The Brazilian had stints at Real Betis, Fiorentina, Juventus and Galatasaray before signing for Inter in 2015.
He remained at the club until January 2017 when he completed a transfer to Palmeiras. At the age of 40, he remains active at Fluminense.
The former Brazil international was expecting the Nerazzurri to run away with the lead after demolishing Milan 5-1 in the Derby della Madonnina.
“I live for football, I watch all the matches I can. I’ve been an Inter fan since I was a child, even though I played for Juve, a club that I respect, and Fiorentina who I really love,” revealed Melo in an interview with Radio TV Serie A via FcInterNews.
“After the 5-1 win in the derby, I have to be honest, I thought Inter would take flight. Unfortunately, we drew the last match against Bologna. We really should have won it.
“But there’s still plenty of time to go. The Scudetto race will be much more interesting than last year, when Napoli won it in the middle of the season. There are three or four teams that will fight until the end.”
Felipe Melo Has His Say On The Brief And Unsuccessful Tenure Of Frank De Boer As Inter Milan Coach
Melo also revealed his great admiration for Nicolo Barella and another two Inter stars.
“I really like Dumfries, who is doing very well. He’s very strong. I also like Mkhitaryan.
“But I’m crazy about Barella. He has the right malice and technique and he scores goals. Inter have a strong midfield, but Real Madrid have an even stronger department.”
The former Nerazzurri star discussed Frank de Boer’s brief spell at Inter. The management swiftly sacked the Dutchman and replaced him with Stefano Pioli.
“I have a lot of gratitude towards Pioli. De Boer caused a lot of sh*t. He left me out of the squad.
“But when Pioli arrived, he reinstated me. Little by little, I became a starter. He’s a coach who knows what he’s doing. He won a Scudetto at Milan.”