Roma coach Mourinho thanks Inter Milan for ’emotional’ return: But I came to win

Roma coach Jose Mourinho appreciated his welcome by Inter Milan for last night’s Coppa Italia quarterfinal defeat.

It marked a return for the Inter Treble winner.

“The way I was welcomed, the way Mr Zhang, Mr Marotta, Javier Zanetti gave me this wonderful gift, the people who were super, that is the emotional level. I can only thank them and never disguise the fact my rapport with Inter is eternal. I won’t hide that,” Mourinho told Sport Mediaset.

It ended 2-0 for Inter with goals from Edin Dzeko and Alexis Sanchez.

“However, I came here to win, I came here for my Roma and the Roma fans. We were unable to win the match, but if I block out the opening five minutes, I saw a Roma side that played very well against a very strong Inter side.

“We had two enormous chances in the first half, then after the break the game was more and more in our hands with each passing minute. We controlled, pressed well, recovered the ball back in midfield, had quality in the final third.

“We didn’t create many chances, because of course Inter have excellent defenders, but we played well.

“The second goal obviously changed the match and also changed the referee. I thought tactically he was excellent up until the second goal, then he had a different game after that goal.”

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