Gianfelice Facchetti, son of the great Giacinto, will not be a race like the other Torino-Inter. Interviewed by Tuttosport he spoke about the Nerazzurri, but also about his connection with the grenade team.
«Apart from my beloved Inter, I feel special sympathy for Taurus. And for both personal and family reasons. As a child I played on the team of my country, which was also the country of Valentino Mazzola: Cassano d’Adda. Our family lived there. And the local team carried the colors of Grande Torino, in memory of Valentino. I was playing in the goal. And the goalkeeper uniform repeated each season the goalkeepers of the Toro 80s. But I also happened to wear the black shirt of Bacigalupo. In those days it was a grenade colony, Cassano. And my father used to call me as the goalkeeper of Grande Torino: “Baci”. The role I would have played, many years later, in the film dedicated to the Angels of Superga: “Il Grande Torino” by Claudio Bonivento. And my father, who was born 7 years before Superga, kept a huge respect for the Grande Torino. For the moral and social values that it embodied. In addition he had as a companion Sandro Mazzola, the son of Valentino. My father for life has wanted to keep at home only an autographed photo of another soccer player: Virgilio Maroso in the National team. Grande Torino’s left-back. The same role as dad “.
So, Gianfelice, let’s imagine that you will feel doubly happy and honored, now: for the choice of the fans of Toro, of the Museo della Leggenda Granata, to dedicate a temporary exhibition to your father at the turn of the match with Inter. Sporting glory, example of style, sportsmanship. “Giacinto Facchetti: now you are a star”. «They have already dedicated exhibitions and named streets and squares in Italy to my father. But it is the first time ever that an exhibition is set up by an opposing supporter. Our family and I are honored. Thrilled. Thankful. It is a beautiful recognition. It is a message of sportiness and respect launched to the soccer system. It also means getting closer to the game. Putting positive values on the plate. And since the Turin Museum was created and run by fans, it is incredibly nice to highlight this absolutely popular choice. Also in this case the typhoon demonstrates special qualities. A higher sensitivity. I am a strainterist. But I’m sure it’s also great to cheer for the Bull. And then I always perceived strong similarities and evocations between these two worlds. It has always surprised me that there is no twinning between the two supporters. I also discovered many historical affinities that I did not know, when I wrote the book for the 110th anniversary of Inter, in 2018. I will tell you an anecdote that dates back to 2008: and this will surely please Toro fans. For our Centenary I called Bearzot to invite him to the Nerazzurri party. The world coach had also played with us. But he said to me: “I don’t feel like it. Yes, Inter was the first love, but then I married Taurus ”. And in those words I recognized a very strong, insuperable bond. Loyalty. Until the last ».
And then there is the historic rivalry with Juve: this also unites the two worlds. “It’s true. In fact, once on TV, I said: Juve will also have Cristiano, but all the others are convinced that Jesus tares for Taurus ».
But now you dream of the Scudetto with Conte and Marotta … “There’s always some Inter fans who jokingly say to me:” We’re cleaning up Conte, now that he’s come to us “. The truth is that Conte was never a pimp, unlike other coaches who had said “never to Juventus”, “never to Inter”, but then … Once he became a technician, Conte immediately said: “I will always wear and only the shirt of the teams I will train “. I like his Inter: he is making progress, after those under Spalletti. The company is proving to have programming. This year we see further growth both from a technical and a personal point of view. The team proved to be stronger than last year. As for Marotta: he has worked for many companies, not just for Juve. And when Dad was at the top of Inter, he had also tried to take him to Milan. He already recognized the very competent figure ».
Is it more realistic to imagine that Inter could win the Scudetto or that Torino should recover to qualify in the Europa League? «I believe they are two realistic scenarios for both. We are one point behind Juve. It is important to stay in the wake, to arrive in January at least glued to them, and then look for the decisive overtaking. Hoping they give something. As for Toro, the first fundamental aspect is that two players in the first place continue to play an exceptional championship: Sirigu with his miracles in goal and Belotti with his goals. All around, Torino has the players to start a dream comeback up to the Europa League. Even the still fairly short ranking and the discontinuity of so many opponents let him think ».
Mazzarri is on the bench: he was not much loved in Milan, but he also suffered faults not his own.
«True: he was not lucky, he arrived at a complicated moment for anyone. Let’s put it this way: Taurus has time to recover positions, but from outside, as an opposing fan with a weak grenade, it makes me suggest to show more courage in the game. With the players he has, and I don’t think only of Belotti, the Taurus should be more devoted to the attack. And a little less cautious. He should play a more Garibaldian, aggressive game. Brave, indeed. Just because we’re talking about Taurus. And the grenade story and its fans would never have existed without courage ».
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