An Interista at the helm of Inter: with Piovani to aim for the Champions League and a title

“I can’t wait to start this beautiful adventure. I want to do my best for these colors also because I’ve supported this team since I was born.”

These are the first words of the new Inter coach Gianpietro Piovani announced in recent days as a replacement for Rita Guarino on the Nerazzurri bench. The big opportunity for one of the most esteemed and highly rated coaches in women’s football since her debut in 2017. Then, on the bench of a Brescia that had already said goodbye to several big names who ended up at Juventus to form the backbone of the newly born club – Sara Gama, Cecilia Salvai, Barbara Bonansea, Valentina Cernoia, Martina Rosucci and Martina Lenzini – and would soon say goodbye to others both in the direction of Turin and towards that Milan that acquired its sporting title, held his own against the Bianconere, dragging them to the Scudetto play-off, won by Guarino’s team on penalties. A defeat that left a bitter taste in the mouth, made less bitter by the victory in the Italian Super Cup against Fiorentina.

The following year he moved to Sassuolo where he has remained until today where in recent years, in addition to launching many valuable young players, he has obtained positive results – with the exception of the 2022-23 season when he found himself playing in the Relegation Round – with a third place behind Milan in 2020/21 with just one point behind as the highest point of the black and green adventure.

Now comes the opportunity not to be missed for Piovani to raise the bar even further and try to fight for a title, plus the Coppa Italia of the Scudetto given the distance that still exists with Roma, and perhaps achieve the first qualification for the Champions League in the history of the Inter women’s team. A team that year after year has tried to grow without however managing so far to really enter the fight for the title or to reach the final of the Coppa Italia. It will be up to the former striker, already two-time winner of the Panchina d’Oro for women, to give new impetus to the project to aim for the first three places in the standings in this two-year period (she has signed until 2026). And then who knows.