Sunday, 16 May 2010

Future imperfect for Mourinho

Jose Mourinho celebrated a second straight Serie A title with Inter but admitted he is unsure about where he will coach next season.

Jose MourinhoReal Madrid are linked with Mourinho and the Portuguese tactician will not make up his mind about his future until he has coached Inter in Saturday's UEFA Champions League final against Bayern Munich in Madrid.

Mourinho said on Inter Channel: "At this point, I am not thinking of myself, my only thoughts are Inter and my players.

"After the final in Madrid, there will be time for me to be a little bit selfish for one, two or three days and I will think what makes me happier from a professional standpoint.

"But right now, I can say with 100% certainty that it's not true that I have one foot and a half at Real or that I am already the Real coach. In fact, I am very far away from being Real coach."

Mourinho, who is under contract with the Nerazzurri until June 2012, admitted he has not felt comfortable in Serie A.

"Several times this season, I have thought that this was not my natural habitat," he said. "That this was not the country to work in and be happy."

Mourinho was a satisfied man on Sunday as his side held on for a 1-0 Serie A title triumph at Siena. The outcome allowed Inter to finish two points clear of Roma, who won 2-0 at Parma.

"It has been the most difficult Scudetto," Mourinho said. "I was missing this, to win the league title in the last game in the last minute.

"In the past, I have won at home, in a hotel, watching TV, with four or five games to go until the end, but this experience is new and I do not want to repeat it."

Inter have won 24 times while conceding just four defeats in 38 games en route to claim their 18th Scudetto.

The Nerazzurri finished as the best attack (75) and defence (34) in Italy's top flight.

"The best team has won the title," said Mourinho. "The tournament is made up of so many games and always the team that deserves it, wins.

"Although maybe it could have been easier."

Having won the Italian double - Coppa Italia and the Scudetto - Mourinho is now determined to bring the Champions League trophy back to Inter next weekend.

"A historic week for Inter begins," said Mourinho. "The season is over and to have won the Scudetto and the Coppa Italia is always fantastic, even Bayern Munich has done that.

"But only one team can win the Champions League.

"Right now I don't have the energy to go and watch a Bayern DVD but from tomorrow onwards it will be back to work."

Source: Sporting Life

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