Jose Mourinho has laughed off Roberto Mancini’s claim that he was responsible for Inter Milan’s UEFA Champions League success in 2010. Mourinho, currently managing Chelsea, replaced Mancini at Inter in 2008 and led the Italian side to two Serie A titles, the Italian cup and the Champions League.
Speaking before the Chelsea vs Galatasaray game, Mourinho claimed that there was no doubt about who was responsible for Inter’s Champions League win.
Mourinho said: “It’s funny, it’s funny. It’s funny because my team in the final had Lucio, Thiago Motta, Diego Milito, Samuel Eto’o, Goran Pandev and Wesley Sneijder. From my eleven players, he didn’t work with six of them. So he made a five-a-side team because I played with only five players from his team.”
To spark these remarks, Mancini had earlier claimed:
“Mourinho won the Champions League because he took a very good team. He took a team that, like Manchester City, I had built, a team that had a strong mentality.
“When I went to Inter, they played very bad football and we changed this.”
Jose Mourinho and Roberto Mancini face off, along with their respective teams, tonight as Chelsea take on Galatasaray. It will also be a return to Chelsea for ex-Blues striker Didier Drogba.
By Charlie Gregory