The Italian press is convinced that next month’s Champions League decider with Rubin Kazan will be a last chance saloon for Inter boss Jose Mourinho.
According to the Corriere dello Sport, the ‘Special One’ could be shown the door by President Massimo Moratti if the Serie A giants fail to progress to the knock-out stages of the competition.
The disappointing 2-0 defeat to Barcelona on Tuesday night means the Beneamata need a victory over the Russian champions in matchday six to make sure of a place in the last 16, regardless of the outcome of the clash between Dynamo Kiev and Barcelona.
Moratti, unusually, decided to stay under the radar following the Camp Nou debacle and avoided reporters yesterday.
But the Corriere dello Sport alleges that the oil magnate has expressed his disappointment to close friends and his growing frustration at the team’s lacklustre performances on the European stage.
Moratti is expected to visit Appiano Gentile this week to boost the team’s morale ahead of Sunday’s Serie A match with Fiorentina.
But it is suggested that the patron is prepared to show his iron fist, should the Nerazzuri fail at the first hurdle in Europe’s premier club competition.
Vince Masiello, Goal.com