This Sunday an interview was published that the former striker Samuel Eto’o provided the Italian site La Gazzetta Dello Sport and that he focused mainly on his time in the Inter de Milan, club in which he played just two seasons but in which he gained the affection of the public by having been key in the conquest of the Champions League 2009/10.
The former gunner arrived at the Milanese team after having triumphed at Barcelona, where he had been hired under the technical direction of Frank Rikjaard and survived the assumption of Josep Guardiola. The term "survive" fits right, since the Spanish had put his name on the list of "transferable" as soon as he took office, as well as those of Ronaldinho and Deco. The African chose to stay and earned the starting job despite the coach's poor regard for him. Finally, after winning the 2008/09 Champions League and even scoring a goal in the final, he decided to leave the Catalan cast.
Eto’o had several offers on the table and opted for a club that sought to win the Champions League after more than 40 years without being able to lift the trophy. Who convinced him to sign was the captain of that squad: “It was with what Marco (Materazzi) would become my brother. The history of your text message is known. A certain Materazzi writes to me: "If you come to Inter, we will win everything." He didn't have that number saved and I asked Albertini: 'Is it yours?' It was his. Such a thing had never happened to me. That message weighed heavily on my choice. And she gave birth to a great friendship. ”
The Cameroonian joined a team that was then commanded by José Mourinho, who also pulled in the footballer's decision: "He sent me a picture of Inter's jersey with the number 9 on it and he said, 'It's yours: it's waiting for you.'"
The Portuguese coach and Guardiola would start a rivalry that season that lasts until today. The two seem to represent two very different ideas of what their leaders should do on the field of play, and so thinks Eto’o: “The only common point these two coaches have is the desire to win. They are completely different personalities and they have a different vision of soccer ”.
That same season, Inter Milan became champion of the Champions League by defeating Bayern Munich in the final held at the Santiago Bernabéu, after having eliminated Barcelona in the semifinals. Before stepping onto the playing field in the match against the German team, the Cameroonian was in charge of carrying out the harangue that many of his former teammates remember to this day: "It was not long, I simply said, ‘You don't play a final, you win it. Either we die in the field and take the cup to Milan, or we die because we do not return to Milan. Let's go back and take that Cup ’" And so it was, they won 2-0 with goals from Argentina's Diego Milito.
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