Practice English Speaking&Listening with: José Mourinho | Chapter Three: Winning the treble with Inter | CV Stories

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I think it is very important when you go to a club, to know what the club wants and to

try and deliver what the club wants. Of course, the Champions League is always a big question

mark. Especially because, when you get to the knockouts, the knockouts have unpredictability

but also because of the power of the opposition you're going to get. But my remit with Inter

was that, in my first season, was to keep the dominance in Italian football - to win

the league for the third consecutive season but at the same time, to feel the needs for

the Champions League. I was waiting, and waiting and the moment we got knocked out was against

Manchester United. In that moment, I made my report to the club and told the owner and

the sport's director what we needed to bring the team to the next level. Again, I think

the work the club did was phenomenal. In that summer, the market was tremendous. We added

some crucial players, some key players to a team that was incredible in some aspects

of the game. Then, we went into the Champions League with that ambition - and we did it.

We were a team, that defensively, we were phenomenal using a low-block but we needed

to bring the line up 20 more metres to make the team more dominant, to press

higher, to be stronger and I had a group of central defenders, quite in the last period

of their career, and we needed a fast centre defender - that was fundamental for us. I

wanted Ricardo Carvalho - we tried, we tried strong but it was not possible with Chelsea.

Then, credit to the people who deserve the credit, my structure within the club - that's

why I say simplicity is genius and complexity is too high that you're not good enough, we

had such a simple structure that immediately come with the name, Lucio is the perfect player

because he is really, really fast. He is probably technically, not a player like you would get

with Ricardo, but he is really, really fast. He will give us what we want. Then we needed

to improve our passing quality in midfield. We had fantastic players who were very strong

in midfield - people like (Javier) Zanetti, (Dejan) Stankovic, (Sully) Muntari but we needed to

be more dominate, to be more in control. We needed something different and (Wesley) Sneijder

was the key for us. In attack, we lost Zlatan (Ibrahimovic) to Barcelona but we changed

Zlatan for (Diego) Milto and (Samuel) Eto'o. The approach was simple and the team became

really adapted. Not just to keep dominating Serie A but also a strong, cynic, intelligent,

pragmatic team that could do it in Europe against the best teams.

It was not an easy

way to do it. We were not a lucky team in the draws. We started by having Barcelona

in the group phase. Then in the knockout, we play Chelsea in the first round. Then we

have Barcelona again in the semi-final. Then we go to the final and we have Bayern Munich.

It was really, really strong. I think it was a very good achievement for us because we

broke that psychological wall - 50 years without doing it. If you can remember what the Inter

was in the 80s, in the 90s - every top player world played for Inter. If you're going back

and you remember, the Germans: (Lothar) Matthäus, (Andreas) Brehme, (Jürgen) Klinsmann.

Then you go to (Clarence) Seedorf,

to (Edgar) Davids and then you go to Ronaldo Nazário or Adriano.

It looks like every top player in the world

played for Inter and they never managed to do it. To break that psychological wall was

very important and the game against Chelsea in the last 16 was probably the key moment.

It was the moment where people started believing and feeling that we had a team for that. To

come to Stamford Bridge and win there, I think was the click that the team needed.

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