Former Inter Milan and Brazil keeper Julio Cesar has noted that he will always adore Jose Mourinho for bringing the Champions League trophy to the San Siro in 2010.
The Portuguese, having arrived at Inter the season before, claimed a memorable win over Barcelona in the semi-final to set up a meeting with Louis van Gaal‘s Bayern Munich in Madrid.
And the Serie A outfit, despite having less possession, claimed a deserved 2-0 win through goals from Diego Milito either side of half time to give Inter an historic treble.
Speaking earlier this week, Cesar, who is currently with Benfica, noted that he, along with anybody tied to Inter, will forever hold Mourinho in high esteem.
“Mourinho was more than a father to me when I was at Inter,” he said.
“In only two years, Mourinho and his staff helped win everything. Inter contracted Mourinho to win the Champions League. Inter had success in that period winning Serie A, but the Champions League was different.
“The club had not won it for 42 years. Within two years, Mourinho had won it. It was a heroic win. That Inter team and Mourinho will be in the hearts of Inter supporters forever.”
There will never be a team that suited Mourinho more than that Inter side of 2009/10.
During his time at Porto, Chelsea, Real Madrid, and indeed currently with Manchester United as well, Mourinho has successfully moulded the team in his image, invoking a new way of thinking and interacting on the pitch, but when he moved to the San Siro he hardly needed to.
With a backbone comprising of the likes of Javier Zanetti, Lucio, Esteban Cambiasso, Dejan Stankovic and Maicon, alongside Milito and Samuel Eto’o both in their prime, Mourinho had an intractable group of warriors at his disposal that would have run through walls for him over and over again.
The key to that side, aside from spirit, was balance. It was like clockwork, all the parts moving together in perfect harmony, and they deserved to be recognised as one of the best sides to ever grace the continental stage.
How Man United will end up comparing to them, however, remains to be seen.