Jose Mourinho: "How we built the treble winning Inter in 2010"
Jose Mourinho, in an interview for The Coaches Voice, told the whole strategy that brought Inter to the summit of Europe in 2010, an impressive feat that was born a year prior.
“I think it is very important to know what the club wants and how we can try to get it. The Champions League is always a question mark because knockout stages are always unpredictable and opponents are very strong. But my agreement with Inter was to continue dominating in Italy for the first year, to win the Scudetto for the third time and start planning for the Champions League. In the first year, we got eliminated by Manchester United and I talked to the club and told president Moratti what we needed to go to the next level and the work done by the club afterwards was phenomenal. That summer, Inter’s transfer window was fantastic. We added fundamental players and we faced the Champions League with great ambition and we did it.”
Building a team - “We were a phenomenal defensive team but we had to bring the line 20 meters up to be able to dominate and press stronger. I had a group of very strong central defenders but they were on the final leg of their career. I needed speed in that department, it was essential for me. I wanted Ricardo Carvalho, we tried everything but Chelsea didn’t give him up. And so the name of Lucio immediately came in our thought because he was fast. Maybe not technical like Carvalho but really fast. And so we had what we needed.”
Arrival of Sneijder - “We then had to improve our passing in the midfield. We had fantastic players like Stankovic, Zanetti and Muntari but we needed to dominate the game more, to control the ball more. We needed something different and Sneijder was the key for us. And then in the attack, we lost Ibrahimovic but we gained Eto’o and Milito. The team adapted very well. We weren’t only a dominating team but also strong, cynical and intelligent. We could withstand the brunt of the best teams in Europe.
Champions League and key match - “It wasn’t easy. We weren’t lucky in the draws and started with Barcelona in our group. And then in the second round, we got Chelsea and then Barcelona again. In the final, we faced Bayern Munich. It was very hard, it was a challenge for us. We broke that psychological block, those 50 years without winning the Champions League. Inter were a great team in the 1980s and 1990s, every great player wore this shirt during that period. Going back in time, Germans played for this Inter: Matthaus, Brehme, Klinsmann. And then we had Seedorf, Davids and of course Ronaldo and Adriano. Every top player in the world had played for this Inter but they failed to break that psychological block. The key moment was the round of 16 against Chelsea because people started to believe that our team could do it. We went to Stamford Bridge and we won. That was the turning point.”