Inter were well above Milan in the Champions League semifinals. But Inzaghi is not the main character.
Evgeny Lomonosov May 17, 2023 08:30 UTC Audio version: Your browser does not support the audio element.
At the head of the success of black and blue is the general manager Giuseppe Marotta. Without him, it would be difficult for the coach to lead the team to the Champions League final.
In the second leg semi-final of the Champions League, Inter was once again stronger than Milan: if the Nerazzurri won 2-0 in the first game, now it is 1-0.
In response, Inter played cautiously and lost to the opponent in possession of the ball (44%-56%), but turned out to be much stronger than Milan in sharpness (15-5 in shots and 8-3 in shots from the field). area). ). Simone Inzaghi’s team was especially successful in the second half (8-1 in shots).
Inter was better in the first game, as we have already written. Thus, the success of the ‘nerazzurri’ in the sum of two games is more than fair. But, thanks to what and to whom did it become possible?
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In the second half of the second leg, the blue and whites were better than Milan, largely due to substitutions. If Simone Inzaghi made five personnel changes during the game, Stefano Pioli only made three. But the guest coach needed to recover! Only now Pioli really had no one to strengthen the game.
Inter starting XI
During the match, Simone Inzaghi refreshed all the areas where you can score: attack, midfield and one of the flanks. During the game, forwards Romelu Lukaku and Joaquín Correa, midfielders Roberto Gagliardini and Marcelo Brozovic (although he was forced to replace Mkhitaryan) and left-footed Robin Gosens appeared on the field. If desired, they can all be pictured in the starting lineup.
Inter squad at the end of the match
As a result of the substitutions, the only goal in the game was possible: Lukaku had an assist and Gosens had a pre-goal. Only after they entered the field, Lautaro Martínez shot for the first time in the game from outside the penalty area and immediately scored, in total, the Argentine had five hits.
The beauty of the Inter bench is that all the players fit into the 3-5-2 formation. Tying him at a long distance is one of the main reasons for the team to reach the Champions League final. Long-term planning is the work of CEO Giuseppe Marotta.
Marotta again skillfully calculated everything. Not long ago, thanks to his clever moves, Juventus succeeded.
In November 2018, Giuseppe Marotta became Inter’s CEO. Reaching the Champions League final is the club’s second great success under his management. The first is a victory in Serie A in the 2020/2021 season.
To really appreciate the scale of the club’s marked successes, suffice it to say that before Marotta’s arrival, Inter had not been able to become Italian champions since 2010. And since then, they have not played in the Champions League final again.
By the way, in the decisive match for the European trophy we managed to beat Bayern – 2:0. José Mourinho was also the head coach, and Eto’o, Milito and Sneijder played for the team!
I remembered that team just yesterday:
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It was Marotta who prevented Inter from succeeding after the Mourinho era. From May 2010 to October 2018, Giuseppe ruled phenomenally at Juventus: he revived the club after returning from Serie B, winning seven league titles in a row with him. Three of them happened with Antonio Conte in the role of head coach, after the third of them Marotta was even inducted into the Italian Football Hall of Fame. The general director was so grateful to the coach that he later invited him to revive Inter. And Conte coped with the new mission: it was Antonio who led the Milanese to the Scudetto in 2021.
But then Conte, instead of gratitude, put Marotta in one of the most difficult situations in the profession: he went to Tottenham. The journalists directly asked the CEO if the coach’s act could be considered a betrayal, but he did not raise an eyebrow: “That is the essence of football, sometimes there are some sudden changes. It is necessary to recognize that Conte contributed certain values to the club, but this already is thing of the past. We want to focus on the present and the future.”
Marotta resolved the situation very quickly, which confirmed, as it turned out later, his highest class – he invited Simone Inzaghi from Lazio. In Rome, he only used the 3-5-2 formation, and he was also very impulsive on the edge. Perhaps it was impossible to find a coach more similar to Conte, among the locals and with experience, for sure. “It took us several hours to decide on a replacement for Conte. We needed an Italian coach. Inzaghi has the necessary human quality to be the coach of our club”, said the general manager.
If Marotta hadn’t found a coach who was operationally similar to Conte, he could have crossed off a lot. For example, the scouting work, which since Antonio’s time has been aimed at finding players for the 3-5-2. But the CEO with strategic insights and experience was not wrong.
Inter are now reaping the benefits of Marotta’s decision. It’s no joke, in the course of the season they managed to successfully replace the central defender Milan Skrinyar, who started the season with the captain’s armband, who now does not play due to injury, but a little earlier angered a good half of Milan when signing a contract with PSG. Of the six games in the Champions League playoffs, Inter recorded five clean sheets at once, while Skrinjar featured in only two games, both in the first phase of the playoffs.
If Inter win the Champions League, then the triumph in this tournament will be the first for Marotta. Juventus reached the final twice with him, but both times they lost to the Spanish giants: Barcelona in 2015 and Real Madrid in 2017. I wonder how it will be now. The CEO definitely deserved his success in the European arena with his competent decisions.