Sunday, 17 May 2009

Moratti thanks coach Mourinho

Inter President Massimo Moratti feels Jose Mourinho has brought great character and professionalism to what Roberto Mancini had in previous years.

Massimo MorattiThe Nerazzurri had already won three consecutive Serie A titles – albeit the 2006 edition handed over by the courts following the Calciopoli scandal – when Moratti chose to replace Mancini with 'The Special One'.

"We always had players who are very physically strong, but on top of that this season I have seen the great character and professionalism," Moratti said.

"Mourinho helped them start from scratch on a psychological level, as it is not easy to win for a fourth straight season."

Many believed Mancini's failure to translate domestic dominance into European success was his downfall but Mourinho's Inter were knocked out at the quarter-final stage of the UEFA Champions League this season.

"I'd like to see what he invents next season to get them hungry again and raring to go," he continued.

The Nerazzurri are already looking ahead to next season and the reinforcements needed to compete in Europe.

"With a balanced transfer market that means selling a few players, we can hopefully achieve all our objectives next year."

Moratti also revealed that his Portuguese coach gave him a gift to celebrate the Scudetto, which arrived on his 64th birthday yesterday after city rivals AC Milan lost at Udinese.

"It was a lovely gesture, as before the game he gave me a watch. It is a lovely watch, but a very difficult one to read.

"It's terribly complicated, but I'm sure I'll get the hang of it. He is a very generous person."

[Inter land Scudetto] - [Week 36] - [Inter reaction] - [Jose Mourinho] - [Massimo Moratti] - [Javier Zanetti] - [Zlatan Ibrahimovic] - [Esteban Cambiasso] - [Davide Santon] - [More Inter players]

Source: C4 Football Italia

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