Inter's fitness coach under Jose Mourinho insists Rafa Benitez is responsible for the injury crisis. “Only one element is bled dry.”
There has been a growing narrative in the media that the reason for the Nerazzurri's poor form is that Mourinho ‘bled them dry' during the Treble-winning campaign.
“Players are not oranges that are squeezed dry,” insisted fitness coach Rui Faria in the Gazzetta dello Sport.
He has followed Mourinho to Real Madrid and worked with the Special One throughout his career.
“These are men with objectives, habits and above all empathy. Winning does not bleed you dry, it fires you up and creates an eternal affection. Victory gets you ready for another victory.”
Rui Faria instead got in a sly dig at Coach Benitez as the guilty party who had run out of juice.
“Last season brought titles and self-belief. Perhaps there's only one element that is bled dry at Inter.... That is who is responsible for the performance of the team. Inter have fantastic players and a first class medical department.
“I am not at Inter and I don't know what's happening, but from a scientific point of view the principle cause of these injuries could be their training methods.
“The players, medical staff and Italian football in general are the same as last year. Only one thing has changed...”
The Nerazzurri are going into the Club World Cup next month, having qualified as Champions of Europe.
“Jose, the staff and I all wish Inter the best of luck, as we want our friends to win. After 38 Serie A games and 13 in the Champions League, please Mr Benitez, win the last two that are left.”
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