Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 17 September 2014

English clubs put on red alert by Mourinho

IInter Milan boss Jose Mourinho last night claimed he is “not happy in Italian football” — which is sure to grab the attention of top English clubs.

The former Chelsea coach's remarks are sure to fuel speculation that he wants to return to the Premier League.

Mourinho's time in Italy has been characterised by an uneasy relationship with the game's authorities and the media.

The Portuguese said: “I always speak in a very honest way and if I do it about Serie A I will be suspended.

“My situation is clear. I am very happy at Inter, I am not happy in Italian football.”

When asked to give a reason, he added: “Because I don't like it and they don't like me. Simple.”

Meanwhile, Milan forward Samuel Eto'o believes CSKA Moscow could present his side with a more challenging encounter than in the previous round against Chelsea.

The Nerazzurri tonight host the Russian outfit in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final looking to replicate the form which helped them see off Chelsea last time out.

Jose Mourinho's side beat the Blues 2-1 at home before winning 1-0 in London to put Inter in the last eight of the competition for the first time since the 2005-06 campaign.

Eto'o, a former Champions League winner with Barcelona who is in his first season with Inter, said last night: “To have progressed to the quarter-finals was psychologically very important for us. But tomorrow's game will not be easy. Perhaps it will be more difficult than the game in London.

“But I hope we can get a good result so that the game in Moscow will be an open one.

“A 2-0 win would be ideal but a 1-0 triumph would also be good.”

Inter have reason to be optimistic as they are unbeaten at the San Siro this season in both Serie A and European competition.

The only time the sides met previously in the Champions League was three years ago and Inter won twice in the group stage.

Inter go into the encounter on the back of Saturday's 2-1 setback at Roma which saw their lead at the top of Serie A cut to one point.

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