Pirelli CEO Marco Tronchetti Provera thinks the current Inter team under Antonio Conte have a similar spark and mindset as Jose Mourinho's treble-winning side in 2010.
The Nerazzurri are six points clear at the highest point ofSerie A
standings in front of the upcoming match against Atalanta, as they look for a first Scudetto since
won the title 11 years ago.
In an interview distributed in yesterday's paper release of Il Foglio,
contrasted Conte's crew with Mourinho's and was loaded with acclaim for the officeholder.
"I expected the results to come because the team is good and the coach is a man of success who has won everywhere, from Juventus to the Italian national team to England [with Chelsea]," Tronchetti Provera claimed.
"I was struck by the development of some players who have gone beyond expectations. Although I knew he was very good, I did not expect so much from Romelu Lukaku.
"He is amazing in the clever use of his power not only in driving forward but how he can link with his teammates. He is an extraordinary player who has grown a lot, but Ronaldo will always have a special place in the hearts of us Inter fans.
"I am also thinking of Nicolo Barella or Alessandro Bastoni. Christian Eriksen is also back in form. Conte was good at finding the right motivation and the right set-up to express good football.
"I was struck by Ivan Perisic recently, and seeing the team continue to push in the 90th minute when leading.
"It has the spirit of that treble winning team. They are the characteristics of a successful team, capable of maintaining the same levels for 90 minutes.
"Mourinho was something special for those moments of passion. He arrived at an Inter team already set up to win. He was 100% Inter and we saw him suffer with the team and also experience the joys.
"Conte is a capable professional and we will see that his winning path is yet to begin. At the moment, Mourinho's record at Inter is better."
With Inter's great performances presently driving the Serie A table, Tronchetti Provera conceded that he was appreciating the exhibition but botched the chance to go to the San Siro stadium.
"For a football lover, not going to the stadium is painful, as is seeing the league continue in empty grounds. There are moments when sport offers great satisfaction. Inter at the moment are playing good football, with strong players on the pitch. We are having fun.
"When we were knocked out of Europe I was sure Conte would react with a surge out of pride. You can see his reaction at the time, of a man who was suffering and had to do something. There were only two options, to quit or to win."
It seems Pirelli is set to end their notable sponsorship on Inter's jersey following
of cooperation; however, Tronchetti Provera demanded despite their leave, they would remain part of the club's character.
"After 27 years it was normal to leave. The decision was a lengthy process and it was natural that there were other sponsors who were interested and potentially willing to invest more than us.
"Anyway, we feel like part of the history of Inter and will always retain that bond," he continued.
In the end, the chairman looked forward to Inter's future, with ideas that proprietors
will go to sell the club.
“According to what I read, Suning intends to support Inter by looking for partners. Inter is still appealing to investors, we’ll see if is a minority stake or not.
“There are various types of popular shareholders, such as at Bayern Munich though they have Allianz who provide a strong guarantee. There is a need for solid investors who provide important figures to manage a football club.
“In previous years I have felt superstitious and that Inter could lose from winning positions. This year I would be very surprised if it happens.
“If I look at the staff, Juventus are well structured, Milan have a strong motivation and desire to win the league. But if Inter avoid a ‘pazza’ moment, there is only one winner.”