La Grande Inter
La Grande Inter
- Jan 17, 2005
10 years of FIF
It i$ v€ry vi$ibl€ handycap.Of the team’s difficult start to the campaign, Marotta said that “In reality it’s as if we began the season with an invisible handicap that we didn’t understand.”
Inter CEO Beppe Marotta feels that the team’s heroics against Barcelona in the Champions League came as something of a surprise.
Speaking to the media at the Gran Gala dal Calcio, the Nerazzurri executive admitted that he hadn’t really expected such positive results, and also made clear that Simone Inzaghi’s future at the club has never been in doubt.
Inter had gone into their two Champions League group stage matches against Barcelona in the space of a week fairly low on confidence. Facing a team as formidable as this Blaugranas side would be a tough ask at the best of times, but doing so immediately after two Serie A losses in a row looked especially difficult.
However, the Nerazzurri produced two of their best performances of the season to beat Barcelona at the San Siro before picking up a point from a thrilling 3-3 draw at the Camp Nou.
“The Champions League is a knockout competition, and so single matches count for a lot,” Marotta said.
“It was surprising to have taken four points off of Barcelona in those matches,” he continued, “I hadn’t expected those level of performances against such a top team.”
Of the difficulties coping with a midseason break for the World Cup, Marotta said that “This is the first time that we’ve had this kind of situation with the World Cup, we have to figure out how to deal with it.”
“It’s necessary to have foresight regarding how things will look on the other side of it,” he continued.
Asked if Inter will need to come back stronger, the CEO replied “Definitely, yes, the important thing is that we stay as possible to the teams at the top after the last weekend in November.”
“After the break, we’ll certainly come back at our best.”
Regarding the injury absence of striker Romelu Lukaku, Marotta said that “As you know, football is a team sport, and individual players aren’t completely relied on.”
Of the team’s start to the campaign, Marotta said that “It’s like the team started with an invisible handicap, and they had to use their experience and professionalism to figure it out and get through it.”
“The team that played good football and took a lot of points last season is back, however.”
Of the rumours that Simone Inzaghi could be sacked as Inter coach prior to the team’s turnaround in form, Marotta said that “We’re used to receiving criticism, it’s part of the game.”
He then went on that “From the President to the directors, we have never imagined for a single second changing the coach.”
“I have never changed coaches midseason in 27 years in football,” he continued, “things were nowhere near where they’d have to be to consider that.”
“This is a testament to the maturity of the directors here,” he added.
And of rumours regarding a possible sale of Inter by Suning, Marotta said that “These are matters that are above my pay grade, but the owners have done their duty and we’re a club who always honour our contractual obligations.”
Sporting are delusional. The player`s contract with the club was terminated, he was not sold. Marotta knew exactly what he was doing and punished Sporting, because they kept fucking around with the transfer fee.Inter confirmed today that Sporting have requested €30m in compensation following the transfer of Joao Mario to Benfica last year.
The Nerazzurri signed the Portuguese midfielder from Sporting in the summer of 2016 in a deal worth around €41m. That agreement included a clause that gave the Lisbon club first priority should another Portuguese side try to sign the player as well as a fee should he join one of their rivals.
Last year, Joao Mario terminated his contract with Inter and then joined Benfica on a free transfer, a move that infuriated Sporting, who had asked after the midfielder but received no reply. Sporting are now demanding that €30m be paid by Inter because he did ultimately join another Portuguese side and they claim that the clause was not respected.
Inter are now examining the situation with their lawyers and are prepared to take action to protect themselves.
Joao Mario scored four goals and provided 13 assists in 69 appearances across all competitions for Inter.
Hope it`s not just politics and Robin will have his chances.Inter chief Beppe Marotta commented on Milan Skriniar’s contract talks, Robin Gosens, Romelu Lukaku and the ultras scandal ahead of their Champions League trip to Bayern Munich. The result is largely irrelevant, as both teams have qualified for the Round of 16 and Bayern Munich are guaranteed top spot, with Inter in second, sending Barcelona to the Europa League.
“This is a squad that has been together for a while and has been growing constantly in Italy and Europe, so qualifying for the knockouts for two years running shows the progress made in bringing Inter back to the prestige and level that it deserves,” Marotta told Sky Sport Italia.
The director was asked about negotiations for Milan Skriniar’s new contract, as PSG continue to hover, and growing reports Robin Gosens could be a January transfer window target.
“Skriniar’s value is superlative, on and off the field, so I am very optimistic we can reach a conclusion of those negotiations by the World Cup break, so circa November 13. We have some very positive signs.
“Gosens is a very important player, part of the Germany national team, and is adapting slowly. We mustn’t be hasty and let him gradually become more embedded in the way this team plays.”
Romelu Lukaku had recently made his comeback in the Champions League and Serie A after two months out with a thigh strain, only to suffer another relapse in training.
“In recent weeks there have been a lot of relapses in various squads, due largely to the rush players have to get back in shape and recover from injury during a packed schedule. There are numerous situations that make it difficult to deal with, but I believe the big clubs should no longer talk about first team players and reserves, it is one group that can be called upon in any match.
“So we are sad for Lukaku, but have the players to fulfil all our obligations while we wait for him to fully recover.”
There was scandal at the weekend when ultras pushed and threatened the regular ticket-paying fans to leave the Curva Nord as a sign of ‘respect’ for their leader who was shot in a criminal gang war.
“We released a statement that was very clear. Inter have always fought against all kinds of violence, physical and verbal. I would compare it to VAR, as you can try to reduce the errors and prevent problems, so we are trying to limit it, but have been unable to completely eradicate it so far.
“Our fanbases is amongst the best in the world, we want to look at the good things rather than the negatives, although what happened the other day was an ugly page in the world of football, not just of Inter.”
Beppe Marotta admits the Champions League Round of 16 draw could be ‘favourable on paper’ but believes the Nerazzurri deserved to lose against Juventus.
The Serie A giants will face Porto in the Champions League Round of 16 in February but have two more games in Serie A before the World Cup break.
They lost 2-0 against Juventus on Sunday night, seeing the Bianconeri leapfrog them in the table, pushing Simone Inzaghi’s boys 11 points below leaders Napoli.
“We are disappointed for a defeat that was absolutely deserved,” Marotta said during the event Industry Talk, organised by Il Corriere Della Sera, as quoted by Calciomercato.com.
“Despite many absentees, Juventus deserved to win in the long run. I never look at the stats, but in this case, we must reflect because we’ve conceded 16 goals from 19 away, losing four times.
“We must analyse the path and make sure we change the team’s double-face. We face an in-form Bologna side on Wednesday and then we visit Atalanta. The previous big games made us understand where we must improve.”
Switching topics and focusing on the Champions League draw, Marotta said: “This draw could be favourable on paper, but we have the utmost respect for Porto, an unpredictable team, especially playing the return leg away.”
I got that Jersey. Got a local sports store to put vieri on the back of it, totally wrong font and all but didn't care lol playing rugby or something at school pe some wanker pulled me back and it totally ripped. I was raging, loved it too.Adriano
Kinda off topic but I always liked that white jersey.
+1 curious on the January formBeppe Marotta reflected on the team’s slow start to the season, the injury suffered by Romelu Lukaku and the Cristiano Ronaldo controversy.
The Nerazzurri have won six of their last seven league outings, losing only to rivals Juventus in the Derby d’Italia earlier this month. Simone Inzaghi’s side have started to shake off their sluggish start to the campaign and now sit 5th in the Serie A table heading into the World Cup break, three points behind second place Milan.
Speaking to Radio Anch’io Lo Sport, Marotta first discussed Inter’s hopes of a possible title race this season.
“Nothing important has changed since yesterday, if not the awareness of being protagonists to the end. This is an unusual season that will start on January 1.
“It’s something unprecedented and we’re curious to understand it, also in terms of athletic performance. For the trainers it will be difficult, we will have to understand player by player what deficiencies there will be.”
He reflected on the Nerazzurri’s disappointing start to the season.
“We had a mysterious handicap whose origins we did not understand. The team and the coach have found the remedies, although the home and away record is a sensation, with 18 goals conceded out of a total of 22.
“This element must make us reflect and must make the coach find solutions, this is our task for the holidays.”
Commented on if Edin Dzeko is likely to leave the club on a free transfer next year.
“I don’t think so, he has shown he wants to stay with us. He deserves the renewal, he’s a great professional and is attached to the shirt. Like many ‘oldies’ he has the habit of scoring goals. We’ll take this into account, our desire is to renew but there must also be the explicit will of the player.”
Marotta discussed his respect for Inter president Steven Zhang and his family.
“I believe that great respect must be given to the Zhang family, they have lavished €800m giving a lot to Inter and to the football system.
“With the pandemic everyone has had financial contractions and ethically it is also right that you can no longer flaunt millionaire investments. You have to be good and competent to be competitive in a complicated world.”
He spoke about the serious injury suffered by Lukaku.
“Certainly this injury was unforeseen and unpredictable, conditioned by the desire to return quickly. You have to be cautious, but it’s part of the business risk when you have a squad of 25.
“I am of the opinion that there should be no competitive stress like there has been this season because it leads to a high number of injuries and we are only halfway through the season. The hope is that he can return as soon as possible.”
He reflected on his departure from Juventus.
“In a club it is normal that there are different visions but I was not totally against the Ronaldo operation, but that was not the element of divorce. My cycle was at the end.”
Gave his thoughts on Ronaldo’s recent shocking interview.
“It is part of the great passion he has for his profession. Football has represented everything for him, it is difficult to live with a physical decline at 37 years of age.”
Finally, Marotta discussed Inter’s battle with league leaders Napoli this season.
“Yesterday we played our 15th game, in the first half we are the only one to have played seven matches at home instead of eight. This is not a trivial fact because at home we have an almost all-win record.
“Even last year Napoli were in the lead, today they have five more points which is the most extraordinary fact. We have four less.
“There are 69 points available, so January 4 won’t be decisive, because the difficulty that provincial teams put in front of you must also be assessed. It’s curious to see what shape we will be in when we come back.”