Thiago Motta: 'Gasperini better than Ancelotti and Mourinho'

Thiago Motta: 'Gasperini better than Ancelotti and Mourinho'

17/09/2016 at 10:11Updated 17/09/2016 at 10:12

PSG midfielder Thiago Motta stands up to critics and reveals “I worked with Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti, but nobody like Gian Piero Gasperini.”

The Brazilian-born player chose to wear the Azzurri jersey after time spent at Genoa and Inter, but has been in Paris since 2012.

“When I arrived in Spain for Barcelona, I was already Italian due to my origins,” he told the Corriere dello Sport.

“At Genoa they told me I could target a place in the national team, but I didn’t believe them. It was a privilege and from Genoa to Inter I did get that chance. Do I feel more Italian than Brazilian? I do now, absolutely.”

Thiago Motta’s presence in the Italy squad for Euro 2016 was one of the biggest criticisms levelled at Antonio Conte, but he stands up for himself.

“It’s true that I am a bit slow, but I have other characteristics. I don’t think Ancelotti or Conte would’ve used me if I was that bad. I’ve made mistakes in games, but I don’t know where this judgment of my talent comes from.

“I worked with Coaches like Mourinho, Ancelotti and Rafa Benitez, but nobody like Gasperini. He taught me so much on a human, technical and tactical level.”

Thiago Motta left Inter for Paris Saint-Germain in 2012 under something of a cloud.

“I was happy there, but certain people didn’t agree with me. I specifically mean Marco Branca, who was director of sport at the time with Lele Oriali. He did not agree with the fact I was at Inter.

“I didn’t feel the same confidence in me and, with the chance to go to PSG, I told myself I could go where there was a future for me. (Former President Massimo) Moratti was always a gentleman with me. He listened to what I had to say and we reached a deal.”

Thiago Motta, le milieu de terrain du PSG, le 16 août 2015, au Parc des Princes.

Thiago Motta, le milieu de terrain du PSG, le 16 août 2015, au Parc des Princes.AFP

“I’d like to become a Coach after I retire. I have seen a lot of football and there’s no better place than midfield to read all the phases of a game.”