Watch: Manu Vatuvei on the importance of staying strong
Manu Vergara is the man who keeps all the lights on at Inter Milan, and it’s no wonder.
A veteran of 11 Serie A seasons, the 33-year-old has been a key player for the Rossoneri for the past decade.
Now he’s the coach at Sampdoria, where his team has gone on a remarkable run of form, winning their first three Serie A titles since 2012.
He’s now set to take the reins of the Italian club’s squad as they look to win the title this season.
In his first game as Inter coach, Vatuveri scored the opening goal in their 4-1 win over Fiorentina in Serie A’s Coppa Italia semi-finals.
It marked his first Serie A goal since June 2015, when he scored in a 1-0 victory over Genoa.
It was the first time since April 2012 that Vatuvoia scored in an Inter-Fiorentine game.
“It’s a good start, it was a nice victory for us and I’m looking forward to playing for Inter next season,” said Vatuvi.
“The squad is so strong and the club is a great one.
It’s a new challenge for me and I have a lot of confidence in the coaching staff.”
The Italian coach’s record with Inter is spotless.
Since he took over from Giovanni Savarese in 2008, he has won the Champions League, the Coppa Italiana, the Champions Cup and the Colegione.
The Nerazzurri are also a major global force, and Vatuvini has never been afraid to show his affection for his players, having helped coach his squad to the 2014 FIFA Club World Cup title.
Vatuva’s style of football is also renowned in Italy, having won two Serie A crowns in the past three seasons.
In 2016, he won the Coppi Italia, and in 2017 he guided Sampdori to their first Serie B title.
Vatuvera’s side were in Italy to take on Fiorengina, the Serie A champions, and he said he wanted to see how the new squad would fare against the Italian champions.
“I think Inter have the same mentality as Sampdorp, so we are not sure what they will do.
They have been at the top of the table for a while, but it’s important for the players to show that they are ready to compete,” he said.”
We have some players who are young and we have to show them that we can win matches in a difficult situation, and that we are ready.
I think we are a team that will go to the Champions Trophy and win it.”
The win over the Nerazzurs, which marked Inter’s best start to a season since 2009-10, marked a dramatic turnaround from their previous defeat, in which they conceded a first-half equaliser to Juventus.
It could have been a more worrying moment for the Nerazes, who were playing without the services of defender Gianluigi Buffon and left-back Andrea Pirlo.
But the victory put a positive spin on things for the Sampdores.
“It was important to get our first win in a very long time,” Vatu VatuVu said.
“They are a good team, but we are confident we can beat them.
They will be disappointed not to win, but they will give us their best.”
Vatuvina was a key figure in the Inter-Sampdoria team of 2012, and his impact is evident in the team he’s in today.
“Manu Vati is one of the best strikers in the world and I think he is a legend in Italy,” said Sampdora head coach Alessandro Del Piero.
“He is a player who can make anything happen.
We have so many young players and I am very happy to have him as our captain.
I know that he has played with Inter and that he is very well respected there.
He has a lot to offer the team and the fans.”