A report in the Italian media explains the recent statements of AS Roma coach Jose Mourinho ahead of the weekend showdown against Inter Milan.
The Nerazzurri will host their capital foes at the Giuseppe Meazza on Sunday evening in what should be an intense affair.
The outspoken manager won’t be on the sidelines after receiving his marching orders last weekend against Monza. The referee sent off the manager who was mocking some of the members of the Monza technical staff with crying gestures.
So for the second reason season in a row, the Special One earned himself a ban for the grand occasion. However, Romelu Lukaku will surely steal all the headlines when he makes his first return to San Siro following last summer’s dramatic transfer saga.
Inter fans are preparing to give the Belgian a raucous welcome on his return. But in his recent statements, Mourinho tried to downplay the whole whole episode.
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The 60-year-old wonders why the Nerazzurri embraced Hakan Calhanoglu who joined from AC Milan but are chasticing Lukaku for his transfer to Roma.
La Gazzetta dello Sport (via FcInterNews) interprets the words of the former Chelsea manager.
As the source explains, Mourinho pretends to be unaware of the real reason behind Inter’s outrage towards Lukaku. The striker irked the club with his behavior rather than his eventual move to the Italian capital.
Mourinho also insists that Inter have a superior squad to Roma’s. As the report tells it, the manager is trying to lay the pressure on his opponents by identifying them as the clear favorites to win.
Finally, the Special One wonders why he receives red cards for the same antics that go unpunished when adopted by other managers.
The pink newspaper views it as an attempt to charge his troops while evoking unfair treatment towards himself and his club. This is a classic ploy on the manager’s part.