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Inter not yet playing in Mourinho mould

SoccerNews in Serie A 25 Aug 2008

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Jose Mourinho said he has not yet imposed his style on Inter Milan despite making a winning competitive debut on the Serie A champions' bench on Sunday by beating AS Roma on penalties in the Italian Super Cup.

The Portuguese coach was not happy at the way Inter twice surrendered the lead at their San Siro home before clinching the season's curtain raiser 6-5 in a shoot-out with the scores locked 2-2 at the end of extra time.

“No (this is not yet my Inter), my Inter finishes the match at the right time, they win 2-0 and not by a narrow margin,” Mourinho told reporters.

Inter captain Javier Zanetti scored the decisive spot-kick after Roma's Mirko Vucinic and Daniele De Rossi had cancelled out goals by 18-year-old striker Mario Balotelli and new midfield signing Sulley Muntari in regulation time.

Mourinho shared the credit for Sunday's win with his predecessor Roberto Mancini, who was sacked in May despite having won a third consecutive Serie A title, and said the match was a good advert for Italian football.

“They say that it is not possible to play beautiful football here, but Inter and Roma showed exactly the opposite – four goals, lots of chances and enjoyable moves,” he said.

The former Chelsea boss admitted that he hopes to sign Porto winger Ricardo Quaresma before the transfer window closes, but he added that he will not get upset if the transfer does not come about.

“Coaches are all the same, they always ask for more and another winger could be useful,” he replied when asked about Quaresma.

“He would give us another option, with two advanced wingers and a centre forward. Anyway, it won't be a drama if Quaresma does not arrive.”

Inter are looking to sell players to finance the move and, even then, club officials have said they would only take the Portugal international if he comes at the right price.

Mourinho also greeted his former player Andriy Shevchenko, who is about to rejoin AC Milan after a miserable two-year stint at Chelsea.

But in doing so the coach, who contributed to the Ukraine forward's unhappy spell in London by frequently leaving him on the bench when he was in charge there, also took a sly swipe at Inter's cross-town rivals, who will play in the UEFA Cup this season after finishing fifth in Serie A last term.

“I'm happy if he is happy now,” Mourinho said.

“I certainly cannot wish him victory in the championship, but I'd be very happy to see him be the top-scorer in the UEFA Cup.”

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