He has been known as the Prince in Italy, now he is the king. In two magical moments Diego Milito created and took the chances that propelled Inter Milan towards Champions League glory.
But afterwards the 30-year-old Argentine modestly deflected the praise onto Jose Mourinho.
“I only have words of gratitude,” he said. “The coach deserves all this. All this and more because he’s a great trainer who’s worked very hard and has given us a real identity to the team.”
The “special one”, as he once facetiously called himself, has won the Champions League with 1) Porto, 2) Inter Milan – and now he wants to win it with a third club, Real Madrid. But he is not there yet.
“At this point in time I’m very proud of Inter,” said Mourinho, stressing that he did not know the details of any Madrid deal. “If eventually I become Real’s coach it’ll be because Real is a huge team.”
The victorious coach served his apprenticeship at Barcelona under the man he’s now conquered. The defeated Dutchman in charge at Bayern, Louis van Gaal, acknowledged that his team’s attacking style had not been enough to breach the Italian wall.
“We have to be in good shape in order to beat a team like Inter Milan. And today we weren’t in the best shape. This happens also because attacking is much harder than defending,” he said.