A new rivalry in Italian football seems to have begun yesterday night after the Coppa Italia semi-final second leg clash between Inter and Sampdoria. This match was won 1-0 by the Nerazzurri, but it wasn't enough for them to reach the final after losing the first leg 3-0.
Inter coach Jose Mourinho accused the Blucerchiati of playing 'anti-football' after the match, but his Sampdoria colleague Walter Mazzarri doesn't agree, and responded to Mourinho in an interview with Sky.
"Fortunately these matches are watched by millions of spectators and critics, because he gave a completely distorted description of the match," he said. "Sampdoria went to San Siro and until [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic's goal they controlled the play, with the ball on the ground, we created three chances and only thanks to luck and their goalkeeper's skill they didn't go behind. A goal would have given us instant qualification after just a few minutes of play."
On why he thought Mourinho said those things, Mazzarri commented, "I don't know, maybe he tried to take the focus off his own team's performance and not give credit to my team, which gave a great performance both in the first leg, and particularly in the second leg.
"Whoever saw the match could see that Sampdoria tried to play football and impose their own game. Sampdoria played, while Inter were in difficulty, they were running around without ideas, and resorted to long balls for their strikers who would then come up with something."
The coach then suggested that with Inter's squad it would not be very hard to win the Scudetto for any coach.
"When a team has such exaggerated values it's normal that many coaches could have won the league with that team," he continued. "But, as I have said earlier, to get to certain teams you have to go through a certain journey, and Mourinho was given the Inter job because in the past he did important things.
"In the past he also coached teams that were superior to all the others and, even when they didn't play well or worse than their opponents, they still managed to win 1-0. In the long run that makes the difference."
Jose Mourinho's Inter currently hold a ten-point lead over Juventus and Milan on top of the table with six games to go.
Danilo Pochini, Goal.com