Saturday March 24 2012
Mancini: 'Inter era had to end'

Roberto Mancini points out Inter’s current crisis was predictable. “Sooner or later this moment had to arrive, as you can’t win forever.”

The Manchester City manager spoke to Radio Deejay and cast his eye over the Serie A weekend, including Sunday’s big Juventus-Inter clash.

“Juve are in a good moment, while Inter absolutely must try to reach third place. I expect an entertaining game,” said Mancini.

“Inter have reached the end of an era and sooner or later this moment had to arrive, as you can’t win forever. They should’ve slowly introduced more young players who could learn from the senators of the group.

“Youth needs to be signed up and nurtured. They do not deliver straight away and in Italy nobody is given that time to develop.”

In the Champions League, Milan are the only remaining Italian representative and take on holders Barcelona.

“Milan are accustomed to these challenges and always raise their game. It is entirely understandable to go out against Barça, but qualification is wide open to any result. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a great champion and, looking at the last six or seven years, he is clearly decisive for League titles.”

Mancini wanted Daniele De Rossi to leave Roma for Manchester City, but admits he “never really believed the midfielder would quit Rome.”