Former defender Andrea Ranocchia sat down with Serie A ahead of Matchday 17 to speak about his tenure at Inter, the Nerazzurri’s 2022-23 campaign, and Serie A newcomers Monza.
Andrea Ranocchia’s Tenure at Inter
After 13 decorated seasons in Serie A, Andrea Ranocchia retired from football last September. A towering centre-back with a knack for scoring, he made more than 200 appearances for Inter, winning one Scudetto, two Coppa Italia and one Italian Supercup.
“I was at a huge club for many years, one of which I spent as captain. I’m very proud of that and I remember the emotions, the difficulties and the responsibility that comes with captaining a big club like Inter. It was a long time with some tough spells. When we managed, together with everyone who’s part of the team, to win the Scudetto, it felt like a release after so many years of chasing it. That was the highlight of my career…”
Inter’s 2022-23 Campaign
Ranocchia, who’s lived the Inter dream, and knows Simone Inzaghi’s side so well, knows the team need all their commitment and class in the second half of the campaign.
“They had a difficult period but it’s a strong group. I know nearly all of them as footballers and as people. I hope and I think that come the end of the season they will win some silverware. I’m their number one fan and I hope they can get back to the top…”
Monza & Raffaele Palladino
Last summer, Monza signed Ranocchia to lead the Brianzoli in their first-ever Serie A adventure. Sadly, a calf bone fracture brought a premature end to his career. The newcomers are holding their own – and the 34-year-old gives credit to the club for their faith in young coach Raffaele Palladino.
“Raffaele and I played together at Genoa… I think he has a great future ahead of him. I certainly hope so because football needs clubs like Monza that invest in youth and facilities… I hope they can carve their name even deeper into Serie A history…”