Marotta: "The goals are to always participate in Champions League, raise the bar in Serie A and try to win Coppa Italia"
Speaking to Sky Sport, Inter CEO Giuseppe Marotta provides some thoughts on the work has been done thus far and also on the new season.
“I am very proud to be part of this project which involves Suning, Zhang family and above all the history of Inter. Our values are represented by these trophies, our values are choosing the right men to work on the same objectives which are represented by winning culture and work and above all by a great sense of belonging. Is this a year zero? Let’s say that it’s a starting point, in the sense that the club has distinguished itself above all to give precise identity, and economic and financial stability. We just left UEFA settlement agreement and now a new path is beginning which leads us to raise the bar towards new goals.”
What is it like working with Steven Zhang and Suning? What is your relationship with Steven?
“Suning is a winning model in global entrepreneurship, the values it brought to the business world have been transmitted to Inter with the presence of a young president who has a Chinese education towards certain value, a great passion that increases day by day and that leads him to identify himself as one of us. It’s also a great incentive to work together and achieve important goals.”
How did the idea of hiring Conte happen?
“The idea was born from the desire to get a profile that had those values mentioned above and that could help the the growth of this club. We are proud of this choice. He’s a great motivator for the team and club. He really takes care of the smallest details and so important goals can be reached. We cal all grow together with him.”
Do you agree that the concept of Pazza Inter is now different?
“The goal is to find stability. However, I believe that the DNA of a club cannot be changed or distorted.”
There is a “Marotta Method” in managing football clubs and it calls for respecting the sustainability criteria. You always pay close attention to the budget. How do you plan to do this at Inter?
“To me, the one that spends the most does not always win. It’s the management’s task to set goals, ours are constantly participating in the Champions League, raising the bar in Serie A, trying to win the Italian Cup. Doing all of that with a mix between building a strong team and respecting economic parameters. In sport, you must never set limits but always give your best. If there’s no culture of alibi, you can find the way to reach extraordinary goals.”