Inter secured their 17th Serie A title last night without even kicking a ball, as second-placed Milan slipped to defeat at Udinese. But coach Jose Mourinho says he is already looking forward to adding to this triumph in the years to come.
“I have always said that the best team win the league, even when I did not manage to do it,” Mourinho told the Inter Channel.
“But in this moment of joy, I want to thank everyone: the staff, the groundskeepers, the cleaning lady, all those who work in the shadows and also the players who are not here today, Adriano, [Olivier] Dacourt and [Ricardo] Quaresma.
“This is just the beginning, many have done better than me at Inter and I know football. I know that without results there is no such passion and I have to keep going like this in order to stay in the Interisti’s hearts.”
Mourinho has caused controversy in his maiden Serie A season and even mocked opposing teams by saying Milan, Juventus and Roma would finish the campaign empty-handed.
But his notorious ‘zero tituli’ remarks have become a mantra among the Beneamata supporters.
“Mine was just a different way of communicating,” insisted the Portuguese.
“I wanted to motivate the players and did not mean to ridicule anyone. I truly think respect is very important. It was not easy to win in Italy in my first season, but I am even more satisfied because I was the only foreign coach in Serie A.
“I can’t remember having easy games during the league and Milan and Juventus were stronger than they were last year.”
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has hinted he could leave the club in the summer, but Mourinho has once again reassured the fans that the giant Swede will stay where he is.
“We have to improve to win the Champions League, so I can’t imagine an Inter side without Ibrahimovic and other important players,” he concluded.
Vince Masiello, Goal.com