Thursday, November 5, 2009
It was a goal that came from the moon - from the Anfield stands [defeat against Liverpool in the Champions League]
I am not concerned about how Chelsea are viewed morally. What does concern me is that we are treated in a different way to other clubs. Some clubs are treated as devils, some are treated as angels. I don't think we are so ugly that we should be seen as the devil and I don't think Arsene Wenger and David Dein are so beautiful that they should be viewed as angels.
Buying players for Chelsea is the hardest job in the Premier League.
I can say to him in the next 10 years we will compare trophies at Chelsea and at Liverpool. And he will lose.
[on Steven Gerrard]
We spoke yesterday so for me that is enough. If he understands me now, life will be easy for him, if he still doesn't understand me, then he must have another IQ test [on criticism by Ricardo Carvalho]
We have eight matches and eight victories, with 16 goals, but people say we cannot play, that we are a group of clowns. This is not right.
This was a victory that we truly deserved, and now we can set our sights on qualifying from our next couple of games
The Nerazzurri went behind midway through the first half, when Andriy Shevchenko put the hosts ahead, however two very late goals to Diego Milito and Wesley Sneijder proved to be enough for the Italians.
“This was a victory that we truly deserved, and now we can set our sights on qualifying from our next couple of games,” Jose Mourinho declared to Sky in a post-match interview.
“I think in the second half, we changed the character and personality of the team. I made some changes, but the team responded well to the message I gave them at the interval.
“They achieved this result by fighting tooth and nail for it, and they all played with their hearts on their sleeves as well. We deserved to win,” Mourinho reaffirmed.
As previously mentioned, the reigning Italian champions are now top of their group after four rounds of matches, however the race to progress is still well and truly up for grabs.
He continued, “The battle of qualification is more open than ever. It’s a very balanced group, and it is an incredible situation with just four teams.
“This match for us will be a starting point to improve our performances in the competition.
“I think that we will be able to qualify with just a win now, so I want a packed San Siro stadium for our next game in Europe.”
The Nerazzurri travel to the Camp Nou on match day five, to take on Barcelona, whilst they play host to the reigning Russian champions Rubin Kazan in the final round of matches.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Inter boss Jose Mourinho has said in an interview with Portuguese daily A Bola that the Nerazzurri do not yet feature in his career highlights, but he says that’s only because they are a work in progress.
“Among are certainly the draw against Sporting Lisbon with a ten-man Uniao Leiria, then the UEFA Cup I won with Porto in 2003 and the first league title with Chelsea,” Mourinho recalled.
“As for Inter, I don’t have indelible memories yet, because I am an ambitious person and always hungry. I want new challenges and new conquests. And only then will they be imprinted in my memory.”
The ‘Special One’ received a touchline ban on Monday after being sent off for dissent during Sunday’s game at Cagliari and will sit in the stands on Wednesday night as the Beneamata welcome Napoli to the Stadio San Siro.
Inter boss Jose Mourinho has dismissed suggestions that everything is on the line for his team against Dynamo Kiev on Wednesday, stating the match is not “like a final” as some have suggested.
“I do not believe tomorrow’s match is crucial and the reason is simple. If any of the four teams in the group were to win tomorrow, they will still not be assured of qualification from the group,” he explained at a press conference.
“Therefore, I don’t see this match as a final.”
Inter have had several injuries to contend with recently. Mourinho admitted he is not yet sure of his starting XI, with the likes of Thiago Motta, Wesley Sneijder, Mario Balotelli, Cristian Chivu, and Sulley Muntari all in doubt.
“I have to see how they are all doing,” he continued. “Training today will be crucial in deciding who I send out and who I do not.
“They will tell me, in the presence of the medical staff, whether they are able to play or not.”
Dynamo Kiev striker Andriy Shevchenko has been in good form lately, unlike his time at Chelsea under Mourinho.“He told me the reason for this when we met at the San Siro two weeks ago. He claimed that for the first time in three years, he did not have problems with his shoulder and was able to train with continuity,” revealed the ex-Porto tactician.