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The last time Inter Milan tasted the sweet sensation of Champions League glory was back in 1965 during the club’s “La Grande Inter” era.

45 years have passed since then.

On Saturday, May 22nd, the Nerazzurri, under the guidance of the José “The Special One” Mourinho, have the chance to lift the prestigious trophy for the third time in club history with a victory against Bavarian giants, Bayern Munich.

For a long time it has been the sole obsession of Massimo Moratti to replicate his father, Angelo Moratti’s successful period of the 60’s when an all dominant Inter side secured three Scudetti, played three consecutive European Cup finals and collected back to back trophies in Europe’s elite club competition.

With an ambition to bring the Nerazzurri back amongst the continent’s elite since his father’s successful reign, the Inter patron’s expenses have exceeding £300 million since his take-over in 1995. Moratti’s never-ending love for the club has resulted in ridiculous amounts splashed on players who brought prestige instead of paying dividends. On top of that no less than 11 different tacticians have coached the team during this time with little or no success on the European scene.

Despite Roberto Mancini breaking the 1989 Scudetti-drought by notching up three trophies on the trot – partially aided by the Calciopoli scandal – the former Lazio-player was forced to make way for José Mourinho due to his repeated failures in the Champions League tournament.

Having failed to make it past the final 16 in his first year in charge, Moratti allowed Mourinho to handpick the players he wanted at his disposal for the upcoming season. Although things hardly looked convincing in the group stages of the competition, Inter were soon to prove that they were, indeed, a force to be reckoned with.

Having disposed of Chelsea, CSKA Moscow and reigning champions Barcelona, the Nerazzurri have showcased the qualities they possess within their ranks and now stand on the verge of making history with a chance of sweeping home the desirable treble.

A victory on Saturday wouldn’t only affirm Inter’s position as one of Europ’s top sides, but it would allow the Inter patron to surpass his father’s success some four decades ago, making the present day’s Inter the most successful one in history.

Mourinho and his players are in the midst of preparing for what very possibly could be the most important game of the club; however, 90 minutes remain before anything can be established.

As the cliché goes, prestigious all-important games such as Saturday’s mouth-watering final are rarely decided by form or past history, but by hunger, desire, tactical nous and a favorable hand extended by Lady Luck.

Inter may have been handed their domestic supremacy on a silver platter, but preserving it over the years has been no easy task. No matter what is said about the Champions League final, two worthy teams – both with the treble at stake – will battle it out in at the Santiago Bernabeu in the Spanish capital. Bayern may have showcased that they are no pushovers, but Inter have proved that they are downright fearless.

Will Inter Milan and Massimo Moratti make history in Madrid or will they tragically stumble on the finish line?

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