Jose Mourinho does it again as Inter Milan clinch treble
He came, he saw, he conquered. Jose Mourinho’s short spell in Italy may well be at its end but after leading Inter Milan to an historic treble, Nerazzurri fans will forgive for him for seeking pastures new.
This was the trophy Inter craved so desperately, the one that had eluded them for 45 years, and within two years of his appointment the Portuguese manager has delivered.
He joined Inter in 2008 and two seasons and five trophies later, the 47-year-old can exit the San Siro knowing his time in Milan -regardless of its brevity -will be forever secure in this Italian club’s illustrious history.
It was a typically efficient performance from Inter on the night, a rock-steady defence provided the stability and confidence which diffused through the rest of the team.
And it was a back line which, in truth, never looked threatened by Bayern Munich despite the Bavarians having seen much of the ball and dominating parts of the first half.
Arjen Robben tested JÃƒÂºlio Cesar on a number of occasions, but as the minutes passed and the tackles and blocks continued to fly in, a sense arose that it was going to be Inter’s night.
Two exquisite Gabriel Milito finishes either side of the break was ultimately all that separated the two sides, but such was the quality of the Italian side’s defence that despite there being 20 minutes left to play, it was all but game over as the Argentinian’s second strike flew past Hans-JÃƒÂ¶rg Butt.
After the final whistle, a clearly emotional Mourinho made the point of waving goodbye to the Inter Milan fans as he left his players celebrating with the trophy.
Love him or loathe him, the former Chelsea boss’s ability to cultivate success in every side he has taken charge of is unquestionable.
He produced at FC Porto and he did it at Stamford Bridge, ending Chelsea’s 50-year English League drought.
And on Saturday night at the Bernabeu -widely reported to be where he will take charge next season -he did it again with his Inter side.
Before Saturday’s final, Mourinho acknowledged that Real Madrid were looking for a new manager. “Real Madrid seem to have a new project now and need a new manager,” he said.
“If you don’t coach Real Madrid then you always have a gap in your career,” he added after Saturday’s final.
And for Real Madrid fans, the sight of Mourinho lifting European football’s premier trophy in their own ground could be a tantalising appetizer of what is to come should he take the reigns at the Bernabeu.