Nerazzurri CEO Beppe Marotta believes that Inter Milan grew in terms of their self-belief after the Champions League final last season.
Speaking at the Leadership and Communication in the World Of Sport conference, via FCInterNews, the Inter executive opened up on how last season’s narrow loss to Manchester City has impacted the team.
In the end, the climax to last season was a disappointing one for Inter.
The Nerazzurri missed out on the most important prize in European club football by the narrowest of margins.
A memorable ride in the Champions League that saw Inter dispatch the likes of Barcelona, Porto, Benfica, and AC Milan ended in a loss to Premier League giants City.
But even despite the obvious disappointment of the loss there were plenty of positives for Inter to take.
The Nerazzurri went into the match against Manchester City as underdogs, at least by most account.
The Cityzens’ greater financial resources and dominant brand of football gave them the tag of favourites.
But the match on the pitch didn’t really reflect these pre-match expectations. Inter showed that they could impose their own style of play and play City on even footing.
And for Marotta, that has been a key factor in the team gaining new confidence.
Marotta: Inter Gained Self-Belief From Champions League Final
Inter CEO Marotta remarked that “I’ve noticed that Inter have grown a lot in self-belief after the Champions League final in Istanbul.”
“The team now approaches matches with a newfound hunger to win,” he said.
“You can learn a lot from facing certain opponents.”
Marotta said that “At Inter, and before that at Juventus, I’ve had to deal with a lot of top players who’ve had complaints about certain details.”
“This has led to not allowing players to make excuses.”
“That doesn’t mean spoiling them. But there has to be a clear minimum objective for them.”