“Sometimes I say that simplicity is genius and complexity is to hide that you are not good enough”
When José Mourinho joined Inter Milan in the summer of 2008, he did so having previously left Chelsea after becoming the most successful manager in the west London club’s history. Suceeding Roberto Mancini, who had led Inter to a third consecutive Serie A title the previous season, Mourinho’s task was clear – to deliver the Champions League. His first season in Milan yielded success in Serie A and the Supercoppa Italiana, but there was disappointment in the Champions League – a defeat to Manchester United eliminated them.
It was a failure that proved crucial in their eventual success, in helping Mourinho to clarify what his team needed to take that next step. After a summer when Wesley Sneijder, Diego Milito and Samuel Eto’o were among those to arrive at the San Siro, Mourinho oversaw a season of unprecedented success, delivering the Serie A title, the Coppa Italia and a long-awaited Champions League trophy. Speaking exclusively to The Coaches’ Voice, Mourinho revisits his two-year journey in Italy and details what ensured Inter overcame “the psychological wall” of going so many years without European Cup success.