In a wide ranging interview with the Gazzetta dello Sport, former president Massimo Moratti believes Inter are ‘worth second place, but Coach Roberto Mancini needs support’.
Moratti feels that if the Nerazzurri can retain Mauro Icardi against Napoli, and with Roma currently stagnant on the market, they are strong candidates to qualify for the Champions League in 2017-18.
With Napoli, Milan, and Roma suffering in the transfer window, could it be Inter, who are seemingly willing to spend big, that are going to be the anti-Juventus?
“So far we can say that if, in addition to Candreva, the arrival of Gabigol is confirmed, then on paper, Inter would be the second best team in a league that Juventus have seemingly already won. However, everything will depend on the atmosphere that will be created in the locker room.”
You’re referring to the Mancini saga?
“Obviously. Not even I would think of making a coaching change 20 days before the start of the season. Mancini should be given the right support because then no longer it can be an excuse for anyone. Everyone must pull forward together in the same direction.”
Do you think the saga has affected the preparation of the team?
“It’s difficult to judge from the outside looking in. But usually a dressing room has certain feelings, and sub-consciously it feels that something is bringing the mood down.”
What do you think of Candreva and Gabigol?
“At Lazio, [Candreva] has done great things. He is a great player and a great guy. I admit to knowing a little about [Gabigol], but the quality of the clubs that are interested in him and the expert advice that has given to me suggest that it would be a grand coup.”
Could Gabigol be the Ronaldo type signing you once made?
“I do not know enough about him and I have never liked comparisons, especially when it comes to Ronaldo. Each player has their own characteristics, but certainly ‘Ronnie’, in addition to his skill demonstrated incredible spirit as shown by his return from two terrible injuries. Gabigol will have to show the same tenacity.”
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