May 16, 2021

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Inter chief Marotta: Coming back to Juventus as champion will be satisfying


Inter general manager Giuseppe Marotta admits it will be satisfying to return to former club Juventus as champions after the Nerazzurri Scudetto triumph.

Marotta spent eight years working in a similar role for Juve and was widely regarded as one of the main architects behind one of the most successful stretches in club history.

Despite winning seven Serie A titles, four Coppas Italia and reaching two Champions League finals, the 64-year-old was sent off from the Allianz Stadium in 2018.

He was named by Inter soon after and oversaw their first Scudetto success in 12 years, which was confirmed on Sunday when second-placed Atalanta drew with Sassuolo.

Inter will travel to champions Juventus dethroned on May 15 and Marotta, although she has no hard feelings against her former employers, is enjoying the experience.

“The Scudetto is a dream come true,” he told Tuttosport. “I imagine it will be satisfying to come back as Italian champions to Turin. To decide the fate of Juve. That’s the beauty of sport.

“The Turin experience brought me a lot, apart from the bittersweet farewell, if you want to define it that way.

“I stayed on good terms with everyone except [Fabio] Paratici, but this question is more human than professional.

“I’m a manager used to accepting the choices of the club I work for and so it was September 2018, although I honestly didn’t expect it.

Marotta has been linked with a sensational return to Juve as part of a boardroom reshuffle, but the Italian has no plans to work for the Bianconeri again.

“I exclude it. This is a possibility that has never been considered, and I have not received any requests from Turin either. There is only Inter, ”he said.

Inter sealed the Serie A title with four games to lose in what is Antonio Conte’s second season at San Siro.

The former head coach of Italy had already won three league titles working with Marotta at Juventus and the latter is hoping for a similar period of success at San Siro.

“With Antonio, we want to start a long and successful cycle. The absolute guarantee is him, ”said Marotta.

“He instilled the winning mentality in the team. This is the fifth title he has won in 10 years. Conte is the best.