Benitez chasing Inter silverware

Published Jul. 12, 2010 4:17 p.m. EDT

Inter Milan coach Rafael Benitez believes he can carry his new club's winning mentality forward.

The former Liverpool manager replaced Jose Mourinho, who left Inter last month to join Real Madrid.

Mourinho led Inter to a treble-winning 2009-10 campaign before moving to the Bernabeu.

"We are here to do the thing that everyone wants to do, which is to triumph with a winning club like this one," said Benitez in today's press conference.


"We have the same mentality of last season and we want to work together and win from the first day.

"This is a new project with a new coach, with a club that wants to achieve the same things as last season.

"Everyone has their own ideas but we don't want to change things with respect to last season."

The Spanish tactician believes there are similarities between his former team and Inter.

"This team, the club and the fans have a strong mentality just like Liverpool has," said Benitez.

"We also fought against everyone and everyone wants to beat us.

"I have spoken to the club president (Massimo Moratti) and he wants to win.

"He doesn't want to wait, he wants to win and learn.

"I have spoken to (Inter captain Javier) Zanetti, (Samuel) Eto'o and (Diego) Milito, and they all want to win.

"(Wesley) Sneijder wants to win even more trophies.

"The players have this mentality and I want to maintain it.

"The important thing is the mentality of the team and that everyone knows what to do."

Benitez is delighted to just be able to focus on coaching rather than the other responsibilities he had at Liverpool, where Benitez spent six years as manager before ending his contract last month by mutual consent.

"In England I was a manager and here I am a coach," he said.

"Here we have a sporting director and a president that have their responsibilities.

"They do their job and I have to focus on the players that we have right now.

"I am happy to be here, in a team that has quality players and a great mentality.

"I believe we can do great things."

Before defending the Serie A crown, the Champions League and Coppa Italia titles, Benitez's side can win three trophies, the European Supercup, the Italian Supercup and the Cup Winners' Cup.