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Fan Chat With Mourinho LIVE From Inter's Training Camp

Posted by Kevin Walker Thursday, April 1, 2021

Inter manager - José Mourinho spent over thirty minutes talking to Roberto Scarpini about Inter's improved form in Europe, the Serie A title race and the tactical preparations for last night's CSKA clash in his latest fan chat with Inter Channel.

This is what he had to say:

Did you explain your recent Serie A touchline ban to your children?
"I didn't explain it to my kids because at ten years old I don't want to ruin their passion for football."

Inter's progress in Europe has improved this season...
"Yesterday I tried to explain it to the players, and I don't think it's difficult to understand. Obviously our objective is to reach the semi-finals, and obviously if we reach the semi-finals our objective will then be to reach the final. But even if we don't succeed, Inter will already have won something important this season in Europe, which is no longer being scared of playing. It's a team that plays and wins. It's a team that beat a team like Chelsea. A team that has played under great stress. This is a team that is suited to playing in the Champions League now. We are having a very positive Champions League now. Inter will go into next season's Champions League as a seeded team. I think Inter's future in the Champions League will be completely different from its past in the last four or five seasons, and this is the merit of a group that knows how to live with this almost obsessive pressure of the press and the fans. We have won our three knockout games so far, and four consecutive Champions League games if we include the Rubin game at home. The team is having a very good Champions League but for now we want to get into the semi-finals."

Who will reach the semi-finals?
"It's always difficult. Lyon won 3-1 but it seems more like a French championship match. Manchester lost 2-1, we won, Barcelona obviously seem favourites after their 2-2 draw and we look favourites, but it's not enough. It's a real pity because we could have finished off the game yesterday and gone to Moscow with a completely different attitude, but unfortunately it wasn't possible. Nevertheless, we are 1-0 up at the halfway stage and we know how we want to play there. It will be on a synthetic pitch and the goalkeepers have practiced on one but the other players did light training. First we have to think about Saturday's match and then we travel to Moscow. But it won't be a problem. If our players played in the streets when they were little, they can certainly play on a synthetic pitch."

You once kissed the Inter badge during a press conference...
"I'm very proud to coach Inter and work for a club that I like, with a culture that I like, with fans who have lived some difficult years. I will always be very happy to say that I was once coach of Inter."

Your tactical preparations for yesterday's game against CSKA?
"Yesterday was my 78th, 79th Champions League match. I have a big experience in the Champions League and I really like this competition, in which you study your opponents and analyse their strengths and weaknesses. But it's the players who have to win on the pitch. Yesterday the players came out of the dressing room knowing they could have won 2-0 or 3-0. The team went on the pitch knowing that drawing 0-0 a Champions League match at home isn't a drama. How long does it take to prepare for a match? It depends on the team. Chelsea, for example, were a team I knew perfectly. But I saw the match at San Siro seven times because there were things I wanted to understand. We have people here who work very well. They provide me with the material required to analyse everything about our opponents. You have to be ready for everything. Yesterday, for example, we were expecting Gonzalez to start, but he was on the bench and Mamaev was on the pitch."

How will CSKA play in Moscow?
"I'm not expecting them to push and dominate from the first minute. They know they are 1-0 down, so I am expecting a balanced team. They have a young but balanced coach who is not emotional. I like his way of preparing his teams."

Can Roma catch up with you in Serie A?
"We're top of the table, we're in the semi-finals of the Coppa Italia, and we have won 1-0 the first match of our Champions League quarter-final. We're at the start of April and we can talk of a season that has been absolutely positive, fantastic. We aren't out of anything. But, there is still a month and a half to go and everything is still to be won or lost."

Is it a three-horse race in Serie A?
"I don't want to talk about the championship. It's not a three-horse race. It's a fight between one team and many other things."


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