Former Nerazzurri President Massimo Moratti has no regrets about having sacked Gian Piero Gasperini as Inter Milan coach in 2011.

The former Inter President spoke to Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport in an interview published in today’s print edition, via FCInterNews, explaining the reasons for Gasperini’s departure.

Inter encounter a familiar face on the opposition bench when they face Atalanta this evening.

Gasperini had been Inter coach for a very brief spell over a decade ago.

The Italian took charge in the summer of 2011. He did so off the back of a very eye-catching time in charge of Genoa.

Gasperini’s reputation was at a high when he started coaching the Nerazzurri.

But it was nothing short of a disaster for Gasperini at Inter. He was only in charge of five matches before the club sacked him.

It would be fair to say that Gasperini has rebuilt his reputation.

There was another good spell as Genoa coach. And since 2016, the Italian coach has been at the helm of Atalanta, leading La Dea to regular European qualification.

Given that Gasperini’s quality is hardly in doubt, there are some questions about why things worked out so very poorly for him at the San Siro.

Moratti On Gasperini Sacking From Inter

“It just happens in everyone’s life sometimes that there are pairings that don’t give us the results we want,” former Inter President Moratti mused.

“I certainly don’t regret having made that choice [to sack Gasperini in 2011],” he continued,

“If anything, I’m just sorry to see that Gasperini couldn’t show what he’s doing now while at Inter.”

As to whether the problem was tactics, Moratti doesn’t feel it’s that way.

“The problem is he never won a match. At a certain point, talking about formations is useless.”

And of this evening’s match, Moratti predicted that “It comes at the right time for both teams.”

“Most likely one of the two will have to lose their very stingy defensive record,” he went on.

“There’s no hiding that Inter are the stronger team on paper,” he noted. “But this is always a difficult match.”