"We won tonight, Inter played a spectacular game from every point of view," FC Inter coach Jose Mourinho
The much awaited Milan Derby ends with a convincing victory in favor of FC INTER despite playing for 65 minutes with only 10 men after midfielder Wesley Sneijder was sent off. FC Inter 2- 0 AC Milan. Moreover, in the agonizing 90th minute Lucio sent off ending with 9.
I could say the happiest man in this victory is Inter coach Jose Mourinho. Yep! Hum? Why Mourinho and not the players? Well, simple, based on the declarations from Mourinho and the outburst after the match ah no... and even minutes before ending the match by asking the fans in the Giuseppe Meazza stadium to keep encouraging the team surviving all types of problems, but showing he could win after all. It was a great match for Inter and a deserved victory, period.
Feeling happy with the result and after celebrating with his players, Mourinho declared, "We showed everything, we showed that we could only have lost this match if we had had six men on the pitch," said the Inter coach.
"With six men we would have lost because with seven we would still have won it. But this wasn't the kind of match that coaches dream about. A dream match for coaches is one in which the team wins, plays very well, and so do the opponent and the referee. This is the perfect match.
"We won tonight, Inter played a spectacular game from every point of view. From the first minute you could see we were the stronger team. We won, but we leave here with a strange taste. It was a strange match where my players were fantastic and Milan played their game. There's nothing else to say."
Regarding the work of Referee Gianluca Rocchi and his decision for sending off Wesley Sneijder, Mourinho said, "This is your country, it's your championship. I'm just a foreigner who comes here todo his job. I don't want to add anything else, but I repeat that we would only have lost today if we had been reduced to six men. Milan did everything to leave here with dignity, the match was never easy for them. I haven't heard Leonardo's post-match declarations, but I don't need to. He's a great man and he will be the first to say that Inter deserved to win."
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Mourinho also talked about the substitution from Inter forward Goran Pandev and his goal before being substituted by Thiago Motta, "A match of details? I already said it some time ago: alucky coach is better than a good coach," said Mourinho. "Goran was about to come off, it was luck and instinct, but someone told me to leave him on the pitch for a few more minutes. Football is a game and sometimes you also need a bit of luck. We are lucky to have Pandev, I am lucky to have some very good players whose only thought was to win,finish with nine men and not with six."
One thing which surprised me, well, not really surprised me because I thought the same thing was Mourinho's comment on AC Milan forward Filippo Inzaghi. I still wonder why Leonardo did not use Inzaghi, but chose Klass Jan Huntelaar to replace Massimo Ambrosini in the 80th minute. Inzaghi and Huntelaar were warming up, and I really thought it was a match for Inzaghi for the intensity of the match and that Pippo could have changed the rhythm. Oh well, but Leonardo took his risk and maybe he had another vision in mind.
Anyway, Mourinho said, "Leonardo also did everything possible. He played twocentre-forwards, but I'm happy that Inzaghi stayed on the bench becausePippo always creates problems for me.
About Inter players, Mouriho had complimentary words for everybody. "Sneijder has worked hard, away from the group,knowing that his only reference point was Pirlo. Thiago Motta did the impossible to play today, perhaps he deserves more consideration from the fans. Muntari and Motta did everything possible to be on the pitch tonight. Santon did very well and I'm very satisfied with his reply, but unfortunately the game changed and he couldn't push forward. He couldn't create a lot but he did well and Ican't find a player of mine who wasn't perfect tonight."
"Championship over? No. I have already realised that they won't letus win the championship. If in Bari they decided not to punish Bonucci's foul with a red and if today Sneijder was sent off, I don't think we can win this Scudetto. Rocchi told me that Sneijder was sent off for the applause and he asked me what I do if a player ironically applauds a decision of mine. No, I replied, I don't send him off because this is part of the game. But it wasn't a coincidence that Mr Rocchi produced the red card."
Click the video to watch the interview from FC Inter coach Jose Mourinho after winning the Milan Derby on Sunday, January 24, 2010. Interview from La Domenica Sportiva
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