Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Mourinho will stay in Inter till the end of 2011/2012 season

(GSM) - Internazionale coach Jose Mourinho insists he intends to honor his stay in Italy and remain with the Nerazzurri until 2012.

Mourinho extended his contract last year, however some still believe he could leave after this season comes to an end.

Former Chelsea boss Mourinho has been constantly linked with a move back to England where he enjoyed great success. His relation with the Italian media has deteriorated after the media criticized him for his style of management and continuous off-the-pitch rants.

The Portuguese tactician has voiced his desire to return to England on many occasions, but he insists that he wants to see out his contract with Inter until 2012.

"There are no friends in football, so to be able to say that I am the friend of my ex-president Roman Abramovich makes me happy and one day this will happen with Moratti because the relationship with him is positive and sincere," Mourinho told Sky Sport Italia.

"When I am no longer a coach I will remember a president who has always been fair with me and I hope that he remembers me in the future as a positive trainer, but we are speaking about the future.

"Because at this moment I am and I'll be Inter coach.

"On the contrary of what was said when I signed until 2012, I did it with the intention of staying until 2012.

"Me and the club have done it with the conviction to go forward until 2012."

Mourinho joined Inter last season and won the Serie A with Inter in his first season in Italy. It is likely that Inter will win a second consecutive Italian league title. However, Mourinho has been under-fire after failing to raise Inter's standards on the European scene.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Mourinho Pleased With 'Well-Deserved' Win Over Livorno

Inter Coach Mourinho Pleased With 'Well-Deserved' Win Over Livorno. The 'Special One' thinks his team had the match under control. Inter coach Jose Mourinho has heaped praise on his team for their hard-fought 1-0 win against Livorno in the Coppa Italia.

It took a Wesley Sneijder free kick in the 59th minute to separate the two sides, and the Nerazzurri now advance to the next round of the tournament.

"I think that Inter deserved the victory," Mourinho declared to the inter.it. "The team was compact, and everything was under control.

"We had some great chances to go ahead from the start, and even in the second half, we could have closed the match out earlier.

"I am pleased, as there were no injuries, and now we can think about the quarter-finals.

According to Mourinho's counterpart, Serse Cosmi, the handball which led to the Dutchman's goal, was not non-existent.

"The Livorno coach has the right to complain," Mourinho responded. "If he is correct or not, I do not know.

"But I believe that a team that has four or five clear chances on goal deserves to really win the match," he summed up.

source: Goal.com

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Mourinho breathes a sigh of relief

Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho hailed his squad's team-work as they booked their place in the next round with a 2-0 victory over Rubin Kazan.

ed out after a shock home defeat to Bayern Munich, the Nerazzurri needed a victory over the Russian side to ensure they finished second in Group F behind holders Barcelona, and Mourinho was delighted to avoid the potential banana skin.

"This is the merit of all the squad,'' he said. "From our goalkeeper Julio Cesar to our striker Mario Balotelli, to those players that were on the bench and those that watched the game from the stands. The group has been able to stick together and suffer together.''

Last season Mourinho announced he wanted to be drawn against Manchester United in the last 16 and had his wish granted, only for the Red Devils to knock Inter out of the competition.

"When last year I said I would have preferred to face Manchester United, I did not say that because they were European champions,'' said Mourinho, "but because it would have given my team an extra motivation to face such a side.

"This year we cannot face Barcelona. But there are two top English clubs, then there's Real Madrid and Sevilla, who some may consider a weaker side but I believe it is a very difficult side to face. Bordeaux has done very well as well. I really don't know which one I would prefer.''

The Champions League knock-out draw takes place on December 18.

source: soccernet.espn.go.com