Thursday August 15 2013
Mazzarri: I’d choose Inter again

Coach Walter Mazzarri says he has no regrets about his decision to leave Napoli and head to Inter this summer.

The Nerazzurri haven’t had the greatest pre-season in terms of results, while President Massimo Moratti is in talks about selling the club to Indonesian businessman Erick Thohir.

“Of course I’d make the same choice in coming to Inter,” he told the Corriere dello Sport on Thursday. “Why wouldn’t I?

“What made the difference for me in my decision was what the President said to me,” he explained. “His words ignited the fire inside of me.

“His discussion with me was beautiful and it instantly gave me motivation. We understood each other immediately.

“I already had a good idea about Moratti and Inter, that conversation strengthened my convictions. What we said will remain private, but, from that moment, I thought of nothing else apart from Inter.”

Mazzarri led Napoli to the Champions League last season, while Inter won’t be involved in European competition this term.

“I think that will be an advantage, but the hope is to be working with an Inter side in Europe next year. This is a club who can’t stay out of Europe.

“I have been given the impression that we can start from zero and that we can plan for the future. We will need a bit of time.

“A cycle comes to an end at every club and that needs to be accepted. Barcelona had some difficult years, but they got back to winning ways.

“You need the strength to lay new foundations, work hard and start again. That is the only way to be great again.

“This is a new challenge for me. I want to take Inter back to where they should be competing as soon as possible.”

On the team’s struggles so far, Mazzarri wasn’t too concerned. “People are interested in the results of summer friendlies, Coaches are not.”

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