Materazzi: "Here is the recipe for success in Champions League: aware of own abilities with a pinch of madness"
Speaking to the Gazzetta dello Sport, Marco Materazzi believes that “this Inter need a pinch of madness (in the Champions League). In 2010, we lost 2-0 to Barcelona in our first game, the one in the group stage. That summer, we faced Chelsea but also lost there too. And so among us in the dressing room we did wonder if we had what it takes to raise up our level to face these types of games…
“In the semifinals, we eliminated Barcelona of the Martians. We were behind 1-0 at the San Siro but that group was willing to do anything to win it and they proved it. On the return leg, after the ejection of Thiago Motta, Mourinho changed the game. He told us: ‘Guys, in training you always defended 6 against 4, or 7 against 4. Here we are 10 against 11, we cannot let them score.’ They did score one in the end and it was a defender (Pique).
“What can Spalletti learn from that evening? Well, it takes great awareness of his own players. And a bit of madness as I previously mentioned. In a single match, Inter can play its game. The one against Tottenham is needed to push the team forward: if Inter win that game, they can afford to do a bit of calculation for next rounds. Tottenham have changed, same with Barcelona who have changed a lot but they still have Messi. But Spalletti has Nainggolan.”