FC Internazionale New Coach Luciano-Spalletti

Luciano Spalletti: The Perfect Man For Inter Milan

Luciano Spalletti was recently confirmed as Inter Milan's new manager, their fifth in just a year. Although the shaven-headed tactician was clearly never the club's first choice, however, his impressive track record proves just why he's the perfect man for the job.

Nearly all Inter fans were already salivating at the prospect of having either Antonio Conte or Diego Simeone man their dugout next season. Both tacticians were at different time heavily linked with the club, especially Chelsea manager Conte. Inter's Suning Group owners were alleged to have attempted to tempt the Italian with a decade-long contract worth an unbelievable £200,000-a- week to return home.

But instead, they got Spalletti. To many Nerazzurri supporters, it's an underwhelming choice, considering the Tuscan's failure to bring the Scudetto to Rome, coupled with their persistent blackout in Europe. To add to that, the 58-year-old has never cut across as the most likeable character. His highly questionable and unnecessarily provocative public presence during interviews and press conferences have either failed to defuse tricky situations or wantonly exacerbated them. It's as if he takes pleasure from rubbing people up the wrong way and enjoys creating arguments.

“Spalletti is a very complicated man, but he’s also a genius and very creative,” Roma President, James Pallotta, told Sirius XM radio after his departure. “I never criticised him, because he saved my butt last year and this one too. We knew for a while that he’d be going.”

Indeed, Spalletti was his saviour. Aside incessant rumbles in the media, the Tuscan actually did deliver on the pitch. His second coming to the Stadio Olimpico in January 2016 was at a time the club was languishing in fifth place, in dire need of any form of revival. And his impact was immediate, winning 14 league games out of 19 - with only one loss. Obviously, the sort of impact expected to bring back the coveted Champions League football back to the San Siro, more so, the Scudetto.

Yet, it was his final season in Rome that was even more spectacular. Yes, Juventus ran away with their sixth successive title and Roma, as perpetually, finished second. But the Giallorossi racked up 28 wins, scoring 90 goals - the most in their history. “Under his stewardship this season, the team has won more Serie A points and scored more goals (90) than any side in Roma’s history,” Pallotta confessed.

If for nothing, Spalletti has shown he sure knows how to win games; 50 victories from 75 games is certainly no fluke. When compared to his first stint between 2005 and 2009, then it's obviously an upsurge in terms of win ratio (54 percent in the first and 66 in his second). Perhaps, the first could be adjudged as his most successful, considering he picked three titles and was Coach of the Year twice. But one thing remained constant over both spells; his attractive brand of champagne football.

But that's not all. Spalletti flaunts an unrivalled knowledge of the league, having been around for over two decades. His only stint away from home was with the Russian side, Zenit St Petersburg, where he won everything on offer. In an Inter team filled with individual talents, the Tuscan will not have any qualms clipping the wings of some its star players, a case study was his handling of Roma legend, Francesco Totti.

When asked about the prospect of losing in-demand midfielder Ivan Perisic, he said: " We don't have to convince anybody, it's them who have to convince us that they deserve to remain at Inter."

However, his level of tactical ingenuity could be what will swiftly deliver the goods for his new employers. Spaletti is no slave to tactics and is almost certain to shift and change things as situations arise. All through his time at the Stadio Olimpico, the club used about seven different formations, including multiple variants of three and four man backlines, but his bread and butter has always been the 4-2-3-1.

With all these attributes highlighted above, you will quite agree with me that Spalletti is just perfect for the Nerazzurri.

About the Author Toby Prince

An unrepentant soccer freak other freaks call geek.

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