Wednesday, 24 December 2008

Mourinho hates endless media grilling

Inter coach Jose Mourinho has said that he detests the endless media commitments after matches in Italy.

Jose MourinhoMourinho said he found it particularly tough to cope with the demands of the media in the early days after taking over the Serie A champions in June.

"For one hour and fifteen minutes I have to speak with the press and I hate it, I really hate it," the former Porto and Chelsea manager said in a television interview with Britain's Sky Sports News channel.

"I have to adapt due to the contractual situation (the clubs have with Italian media). But I will never enjoy it.

"For me in the beginning it was a real moment of pressure, of disagreements (with reporters)," said the 45-year-old. "I was not happy to answer. I was tired but I have to do my job."

Despite controversial bust-ups with the media and other footballing personalities, Mourinho has made an excellent start to his career in Serie A, opening up a six-point lead at the top of table after 17 games and setting up a mouthwatering UEFA Champions League first knockout round clash with holders Manchester United in February and March.

"I am very happy with the way things have gone," he said. "I am really, really happy with Inter.

"My team is almost like I used to call my (English Premier League-winning) Chelsea team in 2004-05, a 'victory machine'. You always have a feeling you will win because the team is so strong."

Mourinho also said he had a dream to complete a hat-trick of the three big championships in Europe.

"One of my ambitions is to win the Premier League, Serie A and (Spanish) La Liga," he said. "One day I will go back to England because I love it (there) and one day I will go to Spain and win La Liga."

Mourinho, who won the Champions League with Porto in 2004, said he would wait until much later in his career for an international coaching role.

"A national team has to wait 15 years for me," Mourinho, who turned down the English national team job before Fabio Capello's appointment in December 2007, said.

"I have too much energy. Can you imagine me being a national team coach? Playing a game every month? Three weeks without a training session?."

Source: Reuters

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