Sunday, 23 May 2010

Media hails Inter's historic win

Italian newspapers were tripping over themselves to hail a special moment of history after Inter sealed an unprecedented treble with victory in the UEFA Champions League final against Bayern Munich.

Inter became the first Italian club to win the Serie A, Coppa Italia and European Cup in the same season, but speculation over the future of coach Jose Mourinho was equally high on the press agenda.

Mourinho hinted before the game that he would leave the club, and his tears after guiding his side to a 2-0 win was interpreted as a sign of his impending departure to Real Madrid.

Corriere dello Sport's headline read: "Inter a myth: wins Champions League after 45 years. Mourinho cries: I will leave."

National newspaper Il Messaggero led on the same theme, declaring: "Inter at the top of Europe... but Mourinho will leave."

Inter forward Diego Milito also received his fair share of press attention after scoring both of the goals in the victory at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Milito has had a stunning campaign and scored the only goal in Inter's Coppa Italia final triumph over Roma and the winner in its Scudetto-clinching season finale at Siena.

Milito, an Argentinian, also struck a vital goal in the first leg of Inter's Champions League semi-final win over Barcelona, and Turin-based Tuttosport left no doubts over who it considered to be the real hero of the hour.

Its headline "Ecstasy Inter" was followed by "Milito is the Champions phenomenon: Mourinho is already history."

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, which shows a photograph of captain Javier Zanetti lifting the cup, 100,000 fans showed up to celebrate at the San Siro in the wake of Inter's victory - which ended a 45-year wait for European glory.

The Milan paper wrote: "Only Inter. It's three: Coppa Italia, Scudetto and now Champions League - a historic treble."

Gazzetta added: "Milito breaks Bayern. Mourinho tears and goodbye."

Source: PA

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