New Inter manager Gasperini has big expectations
New Inter Milan manager Gian Piero Gasperini’s only previous
coaching experience with a major club came with Juventus’ youth
Not to worry, Gasperini said during his introduction Tuesday as
Inter’s fourth manager in little more than a year.
”I’ve done well in the past and I’m expecting to do well
here,” the former Crotone and Genoa coach said. ”Inter is already
a great team and we want to have a great season.”
Gasperini signed a two-year contract last month after previous
manager Leonardo unexpectedly left to negotiate an executive
position with Paris Saint-Germain.
Inter won an unprecedented treble in 2009-10 that included the
European Cup title but concluded last season second to city rival
AC Milan in Serie A and was ousted by Schalke in the Champions
League quarterfinals as it retained only the Italian Cup
Injuries and coaching changes have hurt Inter’s consistency.
Jose Mourinho departed for Real Madrid after leading the club to
the Champions League title, and Rafa Benitez lasted only half a
season before Leonardo took control at the start of this year.
”Winning is what matters here. I’m not looking at the past, I’m
looking toward the future,” said the 53-year-old Gasperini, who
began his coaching career with Juventus’ youth squad in 1994,
winning the prestigious Viareggio youth tournament.
He moved to Crotone in 2003 and led the club up to Serie B in
his first season, then signed with Genoa in 2006.
Gasperini led Genoa up from the second division in 2007, then
qualified the club for the Europa League with a fifth-place finish
in Serie A in 2009, but was fired in November after gaining just 11
points in the 10 matches of last season.
As a player, Gasperini also began his career in Juve’s youth
system, then played for Reggiana, Palermo, Cavese, Pistoiese,
Pescara, Salernitana and Pesaro.
At Genoa, Gasperini coached current Inter players Diego Milito
and Thiago Motta.
”It’s nice to be back with them, and I hope they can repeat the
success they’ve already had here,” he said, adding that he hopes
key playmaker Wesley Sneijder doesn’t transfer. ”It’s tough to say
what Sneijder will do, but the club is doing everything it can to
hold on to him.”
Gasperini wants his players to be able to switch positions
easily, and said he might use a three-man defense.
His introduction comes a day after a report by Italian football
federation prosecutor Stefano Palazzi indicated that former Inter
president Giacinto Facchetti broke rules in similar ways to what
other clubs did in the 2006 Italian match-fixing scandal.
Juventus was stripped of the 2005 and ’06 Serie A titles. The
2006 title was reassigned to Inter, but it could now be stripped
Inter President Massimo Moratti called Palazzi’s report
”offensive” and ”stupid,” noting that Facchetti is no longer
Moratti was a notable absence at Gasperini’s introduction, with
technical director Marco Branca and assistant general director
Stefano Filuccchi joining the coach instead.
Meanwhile, Inter has reportedly reached a deal to sign Argentine
playmaker Ricardo Gabriel Alvarez from Velez for ?12 million ($17.4
”Alvarez is a great player and he would be a welcome
addition,” Gasperini said.
Inter opens its season with a derby against Milan in the Italian
Super Cup in Beijing on Aug. 6, while Serie A starts the weekend of