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Inter Milan skipper Zanetti tribute to Mancini: He kicked off golden era

Inter Milan captain Javier Zanetti has paid tribute to former coach Roberto Mancini.

Zanetti feels Mancini launched the trophy laden era at the club.

"Roberto Mancini was the Coach we started the new era with and he did a great job. Marcello Lippi was given everything he needed to make a great team, but unfortunately it didn't work out that way. It wasn't just his fault, but it turned into a very complicated year.

"I was annoyed by his comment that he wanted to kick the players up the backside. I don't think that was the right way to behave towards the group. Mistakes can be made, but there are other ways to teach people what's going wrong.

"I was very sad at how Hector Cuper's time with Inter came to an end. He was a reliable and capable person who unfortunately paid for that May 5 when we lost the Scudetto."

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