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Interview: Cordoba puts hand up for Inter return

La Gazzetta dello Sport’s Massimo Lopes Pegna interviewed the former Nerazzurri defender to get his thoughts on the current situation at his former club
by Marco Credentino,

Inter cult favourite Ivan Cordoba admits he is intrigued by Suning Group’s new project at the Serie A giants and would jump at the chance to contribute if they call him.

The 39-year-old former defender spent 12 great years with the Nerazzurri from 2000-12, establishing himself as clear fan favourite among the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza for his full-hearted approach despite his diminutive stature.

Now studying to be a director of football at the Columbia University, Cordoba still keeps tabs on his former side and also mentioned some of his toughest tests.

Would you like to return to the Nerazzurri?

“I would love to be able to contribute to my favorite team. With the arrival of the Suning Group, now there is an inevitable period of transition. They will want to understand more fully the various issues. I live in Como and am available. If that happens, it would be nice. The arrival of the Chinese will be positive if they’re like Moratti and invest to build a more competitive team. Soon we will understand their true intentions.”

Why do you think last season didn’t go as planned for Inter?

“It was and still is a crucial time for the club. First there was [Erick] Thohir, and he has already sold to the Chinese. It’s inevitable that this sense of instability also had an effect on a sporting level. Last season, as we have seen, there has never a set formation. Knowing Mancini, this is difficult to explain because his strength has always been to find a core of 11-14 players to depend on. Evidently some of these players were not able to give the answers he expected.”

Manchester City seem willing to offer €60 million for Bonucci. You know him from Inter when he was a boy, what do you think?

“Almost his whole youth career was spent with us. In the Primavera, he was really good. A pity that he left and the fact that no one caught his potential. I spoke often and maybe I could’ve helped. Now he has a confidence in him which is crucial to doing well.”

Another ex-Inter youngster, [Mario] Balotelli, instead seems to have lost his way.

“He probably has always had an entourage who has advised him badly. He is still a kid that could not make the necessary change in his head. Talent is not enough, this is now clear.”

You had 11 coaches at Inter, who was the most significant?

“I learned so much from [Hector] Cuper, Mancini, [Jose] Mourinho and Leonardo. Mourinho’s the best because he has a method that no one can duplicate. Anyone can use his tactical ideas, but can’t manage the group as he does. In the game and off the field. All his workouts are with the ball, the thing we like best as players. And then always he gives you a chance, but you need to do to be ready. We had a very good relationship, the kind between real men. We also fought, but he knew that some of my criticism was right and I ended up appreciating them.”

The toughest opponent?

“Ronaldo – il Fenonemo. Unpredictable. With him you had to guess his moves and try to anticipate it. If not, you’ll commit the foul. Ibrahimovic was also very strong, but with my speed, I could take my time. I remember fondly my duels with [Andriy] Shevchenko.”

And the best moments?

“The 2010 treble and the decisive goal in the final of Copa America in 2001. But among the strongest emotions is the first triumph with the youth team of Rio Negro, my team as a kid. I was 15 and I did not know what it meant to win. And when you understand that you do not stop anymore. I did not stop. It was the only thing I had in mind. I was training more hours than anyone: that is how I overcame perhaps more gifted players than me.”
 

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‘Inter, Napoli, Juventus for Scudetto’
By Football Italia staff

Ivan Cordoba believes “Juventus, Napoli and Inter have something more than the others", but feels the Nerazzurri squad could improve.

All three sides have won their opening four games of the season, the first time three sides have maintained perfect records for the first four rounds since 1960.

Cordoba spent 13 seasons with the Beneamata, winning the Treble in 2010, and he spoke to Gazzetta dello Sport about Luciano Spalletti’s side.

“If you wear the Nerazzurro shirt, you can’t make calculations,” the Colombian said.

“You have to enter the pitch with the idea of winning, that shirt imposes that on you.

“Inter will only succeed if they aim straight for the Scudetto, no excuses. If you aim for first place, maybe you can come third.

“If you aim for third place, you can finish outside of the top four. It’s a simple discourse.

“The squad has been designed for a side which doesn’t play in Europe. A super-Inter would have four centre-backs of the highest level, a vice [Mauro] Icardi of equal value… but I repeat, they have to try.

“It depends on how the non-starters behave, if they get depressed it will be a problem, but if they react it’s an advantage and a stronger hand for Spalletti.

“Is Inter’s secret their defence? No, it’s the defensive phase, which is a very different concept that defence itself.

“Barcelona’s great cycle was enchanted by their attack, but they won due to compactness and aggression in winning the ball back. I like [Milan] Skriniar anyway, he reads the game quickly.

“Where can Inter improve? They need to provide Icardi with cleaner balls and he needs to be more available with his movement off the ball.

“His job is to score, so it doesn’t make sense to be running around behind everyone, but there are a lot of ways to help your teammates.

“The table says that Juventus, Napoli and Inter have something more than the others. Also that the gap between the big clubs and the small ones has expanded.

“When I was playing in Serie A, there wasn’t such a gap so every away game was tough.”
 

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Such a winning mentality there :notbad:
 

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I'll agree that we're the 3rd force in Italy at the moment. It does seem that way. But the other two are further than us compared to how far ahead from the rest of the pack (Roma, Milan, Lazio) we are.
 

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His level of intelligence stayed unchanged from his playing days and while he could compensate (mostly) that on the pitch by being super fast I can't see the way to compensate that in the office.
 

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‘Icardi not captain material yet’

Former Inter defender Ivan Cordoba believes his old club “could’ve waited longer before giving Mauro Icardi the captain’s armband.”

Icardi has been Inter’s captain since the start of the 2015-16 campaign, but his spell as skipper has yet to yield any silverware, amidst reports of cliques in the Nerazzurri dressing room and the striker even falling out with supporters.

“It can’t be a problem that a player scores 25 goals a season, but it’s important to understand what it means to play for this club,” Cordoba, who racked up over 400 appearances for the Beneamata between 2000 and 2012, Calciomercato.com.

“The rest doesn’t count for anything, to the extent that if you don’t pick up results, they change you because Inter were born to win.

“Today’s players are more concerned about their [social media] followers than what they do on the pitch.

“They think that having 400m followers is enough, but it’s not. You have to go out on the pitch and work hard because you don’t win titles with followers.


“It’s essential that you return to the things that are essential, which is playing and training.

“At the end of training, it’s not essential to pick up your phone and see how many likes you get from publishing a picture before entering the field.

“Back on Icardi, I think Inter could’ve waited longer before giving him the captain’s armband so that he could’ve matured better and grown more with the club.

“If he’d become captain after a few years, he’d certainly have given a different impression.

“When these [drops in form] happen, they aren’t perceived well. He’s someone who trains a lot and is a professional, but it’s not enough.”

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Cafe speaks the truth! Give the armband to Skriniar or Handa.
 

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Tell me a captain who cried after a derby della madoninna. Icardi gives his heart and soul for this team but people are so fast to forget because of what happends outside the pitch. If you talk about getting results on the pitch then stfu about things outside the pitch.
 

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What's the point of saying this now when he's been captain for years now and has clearly matured in the role?
 

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I agree. This is just the kinda bullshit that can unsettle a player. Hearing shit from other players from other clubs whatever, but hearing it from a legend from your own club? That shit COULD potentially put a player off slightly/have it like a nagging feeling at the back of their minds etc. Stupid for our ex players to be putting this any kind of pressure on him just before a big fucking game like this, the pressure is already there as CC said the guy cried ffs he CLEARLY cares about the club and he knows what games like this means.
 

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Tell me a captain who cried after a derby della madoninna.
Not sure about you, but I don`t feel that being a crybaby is the attribute I`m looking in a captain.
What's the point of saying this now when he's been captain for years now and has clearly matured in the role?
This did not age well :yao:

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Totally agree. Visited in 2019 and my mind was blown, could not believe how advanced some neigbhourhoods are! I mean they have flying cabins over the entire the city, connecting the poor areas right up to the mountians!
There my idea of Colombia being a "3rd world country" went out the window. Girls are INCREDIBLE and the whole year it`s spring temperatures, very nice. Can`t wait to go back!

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Guys! How come nobody reported that our legend Iván Ramiro Córdoba Sepúlveda is the current sporting director of Venezia?!

Not only that, but he is also a shareholder @ Venezia!



Back in May 2021 he said:
“I could see Luis Muriel doing very well at Inter. There were years when he struggled for consistency but he has found this under [Atalanta coach Gian Piero] Gasperini and it’s bringing the best out of him. Inter lack someone like Luis, together with Lautaro Martinez and Romelu Lukaku they could have an atomic attack.”

PS: He was the one recommending to Inter colombian defender Davinson Sánchez before Ajax signed him for €5m and then sold him for €42m. Too bad nobody took his word.
 

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Not sure about you, but I don`t feel that being a crybaby is the attribute I`m looking in a captain.

This did not age well :yao:
Oh I see. Real men don't cry in your world :lol: I guess you also think Cristiano never could be a captain for a team?


Btw that post was 4 years old mate.
 
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Sure man cry, I`m just not impressed by that. Other things might be of a higher priority, and I personally prefer someone that can keep his shit together instead of just letting his emotions burst.

Cristiano [Ronaldo I assume?] could be a captain, because he is a role-model athlete/professional, but I would think twice before naming him captain due to his ego-tastic personality and potentially toxic one. I guess it depends on characters present in the team.
 
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Sure man cry, I`m just not impressed by that. Other things might be of a higher priority, and I personally prefer someone that can keep his shit together instead of just letting his emotions burst.

Cristiano [Ronaldo I assume?] could be a captain, because he is a role-model athlete/professional, but I would think twice before naming him captain due to his ego-tastic personality and potentially toxic one. I guess it depends on characters present in the team.
But Cristiano cries like every other game.
 
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