Campioni d’Europa 2019
What can I say what a fantastic end to the season not only have we been crowned Campioni d’Europa but we also retained the title to be crowned Campioni d’Italia for the 2nd successive season. So another treble with the Supercoppa being added at the start of the season.
Champions League Results
We kicked the new year off with a 1-1 draw in Glasgow against Celtic with Morata getting the away goal. The return leg in our own back yard was a game too far for the Scottish Champions with our front 3 of Morata, Vietto and Berardi all getting on the scoresheet in a 3-0 win. The Quarter Final draw paired us with Real Madrid with the first leg in Milano. We produced a first half of attacking football that had us 4-0 up at half time with goals from Morata 2, Neves and Berardi. Real got one back in the second half to leave that thought in my head about the away goal but a 4-1 win I was happy. The trip to Madrid was put to bed early doors with Morata scoring a 5th minute goal to haunt the Madrid faithful. The ex Real player then assisted Berardi to put us 2 up just before the break. A Madrid consolation goal in the 2nd half briefly spurred on the Spanish side who were without both Ronaldo and Bale who are both plying their trade in Paris but the tie was over a 2-1 win and a Semi Final place booked it was off to Zurich for the Semi Final draw. We were first out the hat shortly followed by Atlético Madrid, so off to Spain and Madrid again but this time against Simeone’s Atlético. The first leg in Spain was a nervy but end to end game with both sides giving their all. We went 1 up thanks to an own goal by Nélson Semedo after 19 minutes however 10 minutes later we are 2-1 down. We played to the whistle and with the last kick of the half Domenico Berardi levels for us and makes my half time team talk a little easier. I encourage the boys and send them out motivated. The second half was frantic and Antoine Griezmann puts our hosts 3-2 up with 10 minutes to play. We press but to no avail until a long vertical ball from Neves finds Zivkovic on the edge of the area he cuts inside and shoots Gooooooaaaaal, you beauty ,get in 3-3 in the 92nd minute and a fist pump at 01:40 am I go to bed happy dreaming about Verticalità again….I get sadder has I get older I am dreaming about a 3D man named Zivkovic scoring a goal ( it was a beautiful pass though). On to the 2nd leg and another 5 star performance from my team a 3-0 win , Morata again plus one each from Jovetic and Stones puts in to the Final in Seville against PSG. (see below for the Final)
Champions League Final 2019
Uefa Dream Team
We have 8 players in the UEFA team of the season.
Campioni d’Italia 2019
I am so pleased we retained the title, we managed to keep Juventus at arms length despite only winning 1 game in a 7 game sequence starting in April as the toll of competing in the Champions League was tricky. I had thrown everything at the Champions League which impacted on our league form but we managed four 1-1 draws in the 7 game run which kept us ticking over before winning our final 2 league games against Udinese and Atalanta. A quick mention to Roma who have been relegated to Serie B after finishing bottom of the table.
Serie A Final Table
Serie A Results
Morata 39 goals, Berardi 19 goals, Vietto 18 goals and Jovetic 13 goals provided the fire power that delivered the treble however we got a good return from the midfield to support the front line. No prizes for guessing our leading average rating which was 8.20 from player of the season again Yuto Nagatomo ( A super professional player who will go down as one of my all time FM players).
The Anderlecht link worked a treat with all 3 of our players getting a lot of game time, Andrea Pinamonti the standout performer with 18 goals in 27 games including an hat-trick against Liverpool in Europe. A mention also to Jhon Arango who performed well in Turkey with Fenerbahce.
Another invincible season from our Under 20’s takes them to another title win and no defeats in the last 76 games.
Under 20’s Squad
An invincible season for our Under 18’s, the youth system is certainly producing at both levels on the pitch.
So the curtain as come down on my 4th season in charge at Inter with a Champions League Title. The season has seen us stamp our style both home and abroad with the system that I have worked with and stuck by from day 1 which gives me a thirst for more in a week that FM17 release date was revealed. I have an idea in my mind for a tactical tweak that I will work on during pre season has I prepare the Champions of Europe for another long season that will see me take the club to the World Club Championship which will be a first for me since I took AC Milan to play Boca Juniors to Tokyo many years ago for the old style 1 off game European Champions v South American Champions, which I preferred but times have changed so I will embrace the new format and hope to make Internazionale World Club Champions. No doubt I will be busy fending off bids for my European Champions in the close season. I can confirm that I have offered and he signed it a 2 year contract to our captain Yuto Nagatomo. I have also offered a contract to Steven Jovetic who will be approaching his last year of his current contract. I have triggered the extension of an extra year for promising left sided wing back Federico Dimarco, Dimarco is the future of the club who managed 20 odd appearances for the first team at an average rating of 8.0 this season. Well I will leave it there for now. Thanks for reading I will be back over the next few days with our (5.0) Pre Season round up.
The Story So Far
2018-2019 Serie A Champions – Champions League Winners – Supercoppa Winners
2017-2018 Serie A Champions – Coppa Italia Winners – European Super Cup Winners – Supercoppa Runners Up
2016-2017 Serie A Runners Up – Europa Lge Winners – Supercoppa Winners – Coppa Italia Runners Up
2015-2016 Serie A Runners Up – Coppa Italia Winners
*Next Season We Will Be Wearing Our Specially Designed ‘Golden Generation’ Kit At The World Club Championship*
The kit as been designed by @tomallery check him out and thanks Tom great work Tom has designed all 3 of our kits for next season which we will showcase in our pre season post. (The Away Shirt in white is a thing of beauty)