Luciano Spalletti has done a laudable job as Inter’s new coach this season as his side are topping the Serie A table and still unbeaten.
The Italian took over the Milan outfit last summer after the team failed to qualify for the Champions League and struggled to reach top levels.
Inter have continued their unbeaten run thanks to a precious 0-0 draw with Juventus this weekend and have two games left to confirm themselves as winter champions.
Spalletti’s numerous successes in the league have quickly linked his name with current Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, whose wonders at Inter are still remembered fondly.
The Italian and the Portuguese have often been put in comparison, although neither of them has appreciated it, with Mourinho claiming on Monday:
“I’m obviously happy but Luciano has his own identity, his own story and way of working. I’m just an Inter fan who, from a distance, hopes that everything goes well for them.”
Moratti: “Spalletti is like Mourinho. He lives in the players’ head just like Mou did. This allows the coach and players to have mutual trust. Which then spreads and gives a sense of calmness to the entire club.”
— FedeNerazzurra (@_FedeNerazzurra) 5 December 2017
Spalletti too had something to say about the ongoing parallelisms between the two as he declared himself embarrassed by the comparison: “
“This juxtaposition with Mourinho embarrasses me.
Seems pretty clear Spalletti is doing a Mourinho and settling for 0-0 in the really big games this season. But it’s working…and given how far ahead of schedule they are I’m guessing most Inter fans won’t care?
— Scott Fleming (@sfcalcio) 9 December 2017
“I can’t come close, so do me a favour: don’t put me close to him. Mourinho knows too that it doesn’t stack up.”
He continued: “I’ll defend the work of the squad though. When you see it from outside that’s one thing, but when you’re on the inside and see it every day you realise the work the players are doing.
“I had some certainties against Juventus, because we were compact and solid. We have a unique soul but we didn’t play a perfect game, so there are some things we can improve.”