Inter CEO sport Beppe Marotta spoke from the stage at the ‘Il Foglio a San Siro’ convention held at San Siro earlier this week. He touched on a range of topics, including the possibility of the Nerazzurri moving into a new stadium alongside city neighbours AC Milan. Here is what he had to say:
“It’s normal that some dynamics aren’t made public. Decisions and measures need to be taken with a sense of responsibility, and that is what we have done. The coach’s job is to manage the players in the best possible way, while the club needs to protect the coach with the objective of respecting the squad. You need to create a team spirit from a group of people so that a feeling of togetherness is created. This is one of the most important objectives for a club and coach.
“Life is a great challenge, happiness comes about through achieving the goals you’ve set yourself. My objective with Inter is to return to winning. In five or six years, Inter have had three different owners, and every time the ownership changes it causes a setback. Inter are a very strong club, and Suning want to reach the top. The Nerazzurri have a great history and fanbase, and the prerequisites to do well are there. Therefore, you have to try to win.”
The former Juventus transfer guru also talked about sporting infrastructure – a key aspect in modern football: “The stadium is a container of emotions, and a spectacle on the pitch needs to be guaranteed. The stadium must feel like a home: there needs to be a feeling of hospitality and belonging, while violence needs to be eradicated. Stadiums and training centres need to be pioneering.”
It goes without saying that Marotta’s first few months in Milan have granted him anything but a honeymoon period, as he has had to deal with a sequence of complex situations surrounding the likes of Luciano Spalletti, Mauro Icardi and Radja Nainggolan. Indeed, he fact that the club has stood strong and not bowed to Wanda Nara’s every demand regarding her husband’s new contract speaks volumes for his principled style of leadership.
It remains to be seen when and how the Icardi saga will end, but one thing is for sure: no player is bigger than Inter and Marotta will ensure the club’s interests are put before anything else. Though he has been forced to deal with a lot of adversity since being personally chosen by Steven Zhang as the man to lead the Nerazzurri forward, there is cause for optimism among the fans. This summer’s transfer window will provide him with a perfect opportunity to show exactly why he was brought in as he looks to increase the squad’s overall competitiveness.
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