They had waited 45 years for this. As their team lifted the Champions League trophy, it was like a return to the glory days of the 1960s for fans of Inter Milan.
Tens of thousands packed into the city’s Piazza del Duomo to witness the historic moment. A 2-0 victory over Bayern Munich in Madrid meant Jose Mourinho’s side had won the treble including the domestic league and cup as well.
From the square, fans spilled out across the city creating a noisy sea of blue and black.
Most of the supporters were not born when Inter won their second European crown in 1965.
One young fan echoed the feelings of many when he said the emotion was almost too much. Others simply chanted the name of two-goal hero Diego Milito, or that of the Portuguese coach who has now won the champions league with two clubs.
Across the Alps there was a total contrast in mood. In Munich Bayern fans were helpless as their team proved incapable of breaking down the solid Inter defence.
Thousands watched the match in the club’s Allianz Arena. They too were dreaming of a domestic and European treble. It was not to be.
One supporter, visibly upset, found it hard to sum up the disappointment. Bayern had chances, he said, before simply shrugging his shoulders in resignation.
As the dejected Bayern fans trooped home, Inter’s mastermind revealed that he was probably also on his way. Jose Mourinho says he is almost certain to leave Milan to coach Real Madrid.