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Mancini left me with a five-a-side team – Jose Mourinho


Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho


Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho stoked up the animosity between himself and Roberto Mancini last night when he dismissed the suggestion that the Italian built his 2010 Inter Milan Champions League-winning side, claiming that he was left with a "five-a-side team."

The Chelsea manager faces Mancini's Galatasaray in the Champions League last 16 tonight in Istanbul, with the two men at loggerheads once more.

Their differences go back to the time when Mourinho (pictured) succeeded Mancini at Inter in 2008 and continued when the Italian claimed this week that he was partly responsible for the club's 2010 Champions League victory.

Mancini said: "Mourinho won the Champions League because he took a good team. He took a team that, like Manchester City, I built. A team that had a strong mentality. When I went to Inter, they played very bad football and we changed this."

Mourinho responded by pointing out that the team that won the final against Bayern Munich were players he brought to the club. "It's funny because my team in the final had Lucio, Thiago Motta, Diego Milito, Samuel Eto'o, Goran Pandev and Wesley Sneijder," he said.

"From 11 players, he didn't work with six of them. So he made a five-a-side team because I played with only five players from his team." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent