Can Inter Achieve The Treble?
The Serie A season has perhaps been overshadowed by the struggles of Juventus which have culminated in the firing of Coach Ciro Ferrara. While it has been gloomy in Turin, the city of Milan has witnessed the revival of the Rossoneri but more importantly the continued dominance of the Nerazzurri on the domestic scene.
Coach Jose Mourinho has his Inter squad on the right path towards winning the Scudetto and potentially the Coppa Italia if he fields a strong side in the remaining rounds starting with the semi-final against Fiorentina. Mourinho has been a major force for the Nerazzurri and his contribution is particularly significant from the psychological perspective as he is a successful motivator who usually excels at getting the best out of his players while irritating the opponents. Mourinho has won in Portugal as well as England and has stuck to the winning trend since taking the helm at Inter. Former Inter Coach and current Manchester City Manager Roberto Mancini has paved the way for Mourinho’s success and it is now up to the Portuguese to take things a step further. Can Mourinho bring European glory back to the Nerazzurri?
He certainly has a strong foundation highlighted by a combination of experience and skill in the shape of players such as Javier Zanetti and Wesley Sneijder. Inter will in all likelihood retain the Serie A crown as Milan have stuttered in the two derby matches while Juventus are in an unenviable position outside the top four. The other teams are not equipped to challenge the Nerazzurri for the Italian league.
In the Coppa Italia Mourinho’s players succeeded in turning a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 win thanks to a late winner scored by Mario Balotelli. The victory sealed the fate of Juventus Coach Ciro Ferrara who was sacked the following day and replaced by former Inter and Milan Coach Alberto Zaccheroni. Inter’s biggest challenge will come in the next round against a highly talented but inconsistent Fiorentina side. The Nerazzurri can overcome la Viola provided Mourinho relies on the core players for those fixtures.
As for Europe, Mourinho will be fired up for the emotional return to London to take on former club Chelsea. Ironically the Portuguese was let go because he supposedly failed to bring the European Cup to Stamford Bridge. To add a further twist to the much anticipated clash between the two sides, Chelsea is now managed by none other than former Milan Coach Carlo Ancelotti. Mourinho and Ancelotti are not exactly fond of each other and this should add another layer in what appears to be an intriguing and complex European tie. It will be quite difficult for Mourinho’s current club to beat the old one but if this occurs then who could bet against Inter winning the treble this season?