The coming season represents a crucial juncture for Roberto Mancini. Despite winning League titles in Italy and England, as well as four Coppa Italia successes, the sense remains that Mancio is not always afforded the respect bestowed upon the likes of Jose Mourinho, Pep Guardiola and Carlo Ancelotti. Following last season’s disappointing eighth-place finish, the Nerazzurri have invested heavily, and it would appear that a Champions League place is the minimum requirement for the Beneamata.
At the age of 50, Mancini is relatively young for a Coach, but can have no excuses if he fails to take an Inter side built to his specifications back to the upper echelons of Serie A. However, if the former striker can transform the Nerazzurri into Scudetto challengers once again, he may well start to be viewed as one of the finest tacticians of his generation.