Following the crucial victory away to Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League, Inter coach Jose Mourinho emphasised that his players have to maintain their focus and that they have achieved nothing as of yet. He also cited tonight's match against Roma as a test case to see if his side can keep their concentration levels high.
Inter have a comfortable four-point lead over Juventus in the Serie A table, and although an eventual defeat would not be dramatic, there is another reason why Mourinho is desperate to avoid a loss against the Giallorossi.
If the Nerazzurri win or draw tonight, it would be the 150th straight game that a team coached by Mourinho are unbeaten at home in a league match. The last time he tasted defeat in his own backyard was 23 February 2002, when his Porto side lost 3-2 to Beira Mar at the Estadio do Dragao.
Since then, he has come close to losing home games on a number of occasions, most recently last season against Roma. The Giallorossi, then coached by Luciano Spalletti went 2-0 up in the first half, and in a thrilling second period, Hernan Crespo equalised to make it 3-3 only in the final minutes.
Danilo Pochini, Goal.com