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Kalidou Koulibaly scored a late winner to help Napoli win 1-0 at Juventus and reignite the Serie A title race on Sunday. Napoli trailed Juventus by six points last weekend but the Bianconeri drew at Crotone midweek, and two straight wins for Maurizio Sarri's team slashed the lead to a solitary point with four rounds left. "We have always believed in the title, we have to continue like this and believe in ourselves until the end," Koulibaly said. It was Juve's first league defeat at home since a 2-1 loss to Lazio in October. Its last Serie A defeat in Turin before that was in August 2015. "Winning here was practically mission impossible, we can be happy because we have played against a great team which hasn't lost at home for so long," Koulibaly said. Juventus arguably has the tougher run-in as it faces Champions League-chasing Inter and Roma as well as Bologna and Hellas Verona. "Yet another twist in the most compelling of Serie A seasons!" • Tears of joy �� • Limbs everywhere �� • Fist pumping �� Just look at what it means to Napoli after a massive, massive win in Turin. pic.twitter.com/TjwrYsLx0K— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) 22 April 2018 Napoli plays Fiorentina, Torino, Sampdoria and Crotone. "We mustn't make calculations, they're useless," Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said. "We just have to put this defeat behind us and prepare for the match in Milan. "It's true that Napoli is favorite because of the fixture list but matches have to be won. I have seen a lot in football ... anything can happen." Earlier, Ciro Immobile scored twice as Lazio beat Sampdoria 4-0 to keep pace with Roma and ahead of Inter Milan in the race for Champions League spots. Lazio remained level on points with third-place Roma and a point ahead of Inter, which struggled but won 2-1 at Chievo Verona. None of the teams can catch either Napoli or Juventus. Maurizio Sarri leads the celebrations on the touchline Credit: Reuters Napoli were aiming to boost its dream of a first title since Diego Maradona led the southern club to its only two Serie A championships in 1987 and 1990. Around 2,000 fans had escorted the team bus to the airport in Naples on Saturday. "Tonight is a feeling that only those who have been with us since yesterday can fully understand," Sarri said. "It's an enormous satisfaction. We are the only team which represents an entire population, because we are the only one which comes from a big city that only has one team. "We gave our fans a huge joy today that goes above and beyond the standings." Abbiamo vinto �� ⚽️ #JuveNapoli 0-1 pic.twitter.com/gfOIe5DyNz— Official SSC Napoli (@sscnapoli) 22 April 2018 Juventus was dealt an early blow when key defender Giorgio Chiellini limped off in the 10th minute and was replaced by Stephan Lichtsteiner. Allegri later revealed Chiellini would miss Saturday's match at Inter. Napoli pressed high but struggled to find a way through the Bianconeri back line and it was Juventus which went closest in the 17th minute as Miralem Pjanic's free kick took a deflection off Jose Callejon to leave Pepe Reina stranded but the ball bounced off the right post. The Allianz Stadium was briefly silenced shortly before halftime when Lorenzo Insigne had the ball in the back of the net but it was ruled out for offside. Napoli was camped out in the Juventus half for much of the second period but never really tested Gianluigi Buffon until Koulibaly headed in a corner in the 89th minute.
Tears of joy as Napoli reignite Serie A title race with last-gasp win at Juventus
Kalidou Koulibaly scored a late winner to help Napoli win 1-0 at Juventus and reignite the Serie A title race on Sunday. Napoli trailed Juventus by six points last weekend but the Bianconeri drew at Crotone midweek, and two straight wins for Maurizio Sarri's team slashed the lead to a solitary point with four rounds left. "We have always believed in the title, we have to continue like this and believe in ourselves until the end," Koulibaly said. It was Juve's first league defeat at home since a 2-1 loss to Lazio in October. Its last Serie A defeat in Turin before that was in August 2015. "Winning here was practically mission impossible, we can be happy because we have played against a great team which hasn't lost at home for so long," Koulibaly said. Juventus arguably has the tougher run-in as it faces Champions League-chasing Inter and Roma as well as Bologna and Hellas Verona. "Yet another twist in the most compelling of Serie A seasons!" • Tears of joy �� • Limbs everywhere �� • Fist pumping �� Just look at what it means to Napoli after a massive, massive win in Turin. pic.twitter.com/TjwrYsLx0K— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) 22 April 2018 Napoli plays Fiorentina, Torino, Sampdoria and Crotone. "We mustn't make calculations, they're useless," Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said. "We just have to put this defeat behind us and prepare for the match in Milan. "It's true that Napoli is favorite because of the fixture list but matches have to be won. I have seen a lot in football ... anything can happen." Earlier, Ciro Immobile scored twice as Lazio beat Sampdoria 4-0 to keep pace with Roma and ahead of Inter Milan in the race for Champions League spots. Lazio remained level on points with third-place Roma and a point ahead of Inter, which struggled but won 2-1 at Chievo Verona. None of the teams can catch either Napoli or Juventus. Maurizio Sarri leads the celebrations on the touchline Credit: Reuters Napoli were aiming to boost its dream of a first title since Diego Maradona led the southern club to its only two Serie A championships in 1987 and 1990. Around 2,000 fans had escorted the team bus to the airport in Naples on Saturday. "Tonight is a feeling that only those who have been with us since yesterday can fully understand," Sarri said. "It's an enormous satisfaction. We are the only team which represents an entire population, because we are the only one which comes from a big city that only has one team. "We gave our fans a huge joy today that goes above and beyond the standings." Abbiamo vinto �� ⚽️ #JuveNapoli 0-1 pic.twitter.com/gfOIe5DyNz— Official SSC Napoli (@sscnapoli) 22 April 2018 Juventus was dealt an early blow when key defender Giorgio Chiellini limped off in the 10th minute and was replaced by Stephan Lichtsteiner. Allegri later revealed Chiellini would miss Saturday's match at Inter. Napoli pressed high but struggled to find a way through the Bianconeri back line and it was Juventus which went closest in the 17th minute as Miralem Pjanic's free kick took a deflection off Jose Callejon to leave Pepe Reina stranded but the ball bounced off the right post. The Allianz Stadium was briefly silenced shortly before halftime when Lorenzo Insigne had the ball in the back of the net but it was ruled out for offside. Napoli was camped out in the Juventus half for much of the second period but never really tested Gianluigi Buffon until Koulibaly headed in a corner in the 89th minute.
Kalidou Koulibaly scored a late winner to help Napoli win 1-0 at Juventus and reignite the Serie A title race on Sunday. Napoli trailed Juventus by six points last weekend but the Bianconeri drew at Crotone midweek, and two straight wins for Maurizio Sarri's team slashed the lead to a solitary point with four rounds left. "We have always believed in the title, we have to continue like this and believe in ourselves until the end," Koulibaly said. It was Juve's first league defeat at home since a 2-1 loss to Lazio in October. Its last Serie A defeat in Turin before that was in August 2015. "Winning here was practically mission impossible, we can be happy because we have played against a great team which hasn't lost at home for so long," Koulibaly said. Juventus arguably has the tougher run-in as it faces Champions League-chasing Inter and Roma as well as Bologna and Hellas Verona. "Yet another twist in the most compelling of Serie A seasons!" • Tears of joy �� • Limbs everywhere �� • Fist pumping �� Just look at what it means to Napoli after a massive, massive win in Turin. pic.twitter.com/TjwrYsLx0K— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) 22 April 2018 Napoli plays Fiorentina, Torino, Sampdoria and Crotone. "We mustn't make calculations, they're useless," Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said. "We just have to put this defeat behind us and prepare for the match in Milan. "It's true that Napoli is favorite because of the fixture list but matches have to be won. I have seen a lot in football ... anything can happen." Earlier, Ciro Immobile scored twice as Lazio beat Sampdoria 4-0 to keep pace with Roma and ahead of Inter Milan in the race for Champions League spots. Lazio remained level on points with third-place Roma and a point ahead of Inter, which struggled but won 2-1 at Chievo Verona. None of the teams can catch either Napoli or Juventus. Maurizio Sarri leads the celebrations on the touchline Credit: Reuters Napoli were aiming to boost its dream of a first title since Diego Maradona led the southern club to its only two Serie A championships in 1987 and 1990. Around 2,000 fans had escorted the team bus to the airport in Naples on Saturday. "Tonight is a feeling that only those who have been with us since yesterday can fully understand," Sarri said. "It's an enormous satisfaction. We are the only team which represents an entire population, because we are the only one which comes from a big city that only has one team. "We gave our fans a huge joy today that goes above and beyond the standings." Abbiamo vinto �� ⚽️ #JuveNapoli 0-1 pic.twitter.com/gfOIe5DyNz— Official SSC Napoli (@sscnapoli) 22 April 2018 Juventus was dealt an early blow when key defender Giorgio Chiellini limped off in the 10th minute and was replaced by Stephan Lichtsteiner. Allegri later revealed Chiellini would miss Saturday's match at Inter. Napoli pressed high but struggled to find a way through the Bianconeri back line and it was Juventus which went closest in the 17th minute as Miralem Pjanic's free kick took a deflection off Jose Callejon to leave Pepe Reina stranded but the ball bounced off the right post. The Allianz Stadium was briefly silenced shortly before halftime when Lorenzo Insigne had the ball in the back of the net but it was ruled out for offside. Napoli was camped out in the Juventus half for much of the second period but never really tested Gianluigi Buffon until Koulibaly headed in a corner in the 89th minute.
Tears of joy as Napoli reignite Serie A title race with last-gasp win at Juventus
Kalidou Koulibaly scored a late winner to help Napoli win 1-0 at Juventus and reignite the Serie A title race on Sunday. Napoli trailed Juventus by six points last weekend but the Bianconeri drew at Crotone midweek, and two straight wins for Maurizio Sarri's team slashed the lead to a solitary point with four rounds left. "We have always believed in the title, we have to continue like this and believe in ourselves until the end," Koulibaly said. It was Juve's first league defeat at home since a 2-1 loss to Lazio in October. Its last Serie A defeat in Turin before that was in August 2015. "Winning here was practically mission impossible, we can be happy because we have played against a great team which hasn't lost at home for so long," Koulibaly said. Juventus arguably has the tougher run-in as it faces Champions League-chasing Inter and Roma as well as Bologna and Hellas Verona. "Yet another twist in the most compelling of Serie A seasons!" • Tears of joy �� • Limbs everywhere �� • Fist pumping �� Just look at what it means to Napoli after a massive, massive win in Turin. pic.twitter.com/TjwrYsLx0K— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) 22 April 2018 Napoli plays Fiorentina, Torino, Sampdoria and Crotone. "We mustn't make calculations, they're useless," Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said. "We just have to put this defeat behind us and prepare for the match in Milan. "It's true that Napoli is favorite because of the fixture list but matches have to be won. I have seen a lot in football ... anything can happen." Earlier, Ciro Immobile scored twice as Lazio beat Sampdoria 4-0 to keep pace with Roma and ahead of Inter Milan in the race for Champions League spots. Lazio remained level on points with third-place Roma and a point ahead of Inter, which struggled but won 2-1 at Chievo Verona. None of the teams can catch either Napoli or Juventus. Maurizio Sarri leads the celebrations on the touchline Credit: Reuters Napoli were aiming to boost its dream of a first title since Diego Maradona led the southern club to its only two Serie A championships in 1987 and 1990. Around 2,000 fans had escorted the team bus to the airport in Naples on Saturday. "Tonight is a feeling that only those who have been with us since yesterday can fully understand," Sarri said. "It's an enormous satisfaction. We are the only team which represents an entire population, because we are the only one which comes from a big city that only has one team. "We gave our fans a huge joy today that goes above and beyond the standings." Abbiamo vinto �� ⚽️ #JuveNapoli 0-1 pic.twitter.com/gfOIe5DyNz— Official SSC Napoli (@sscnapoli) 22 April 2018 Juventus was dealt an early blow when key defender Giorgio Chiellini limped off in the 10th minute and was replaced by Stephan Lichtsteiner. Allegri later revealed Chiellini would miss Saturday's match at Inter. Napoli pressed high but struggled to find a way through the Bianconeri back line and it was Juventus which went closest in the 17th minute as Miralem Pjanic's free kick took a deflection off Jose Callejon to leave Pepe Reina stranded but the ball bounced off the right post. The Allianz Stadium was briefly silenced shortly before halftime when Lorenzo Insigne had the ball in the back of the net but it was ruled out for offside. Napoli was camped out in the Juventus half for much of the second period but never really tested Gianluigi Buffon until Koulibaly headed in a corner in the 89th minute.
Inter's Mauro Icardi, right, scores during a Serie A soccer match between Chievo and Inter Milan at the Bentegodi stadium in Verona, Sunday, April 22, 2018. (Filippo Venezia/ANSA via AP)
Napoli snatches 1-0 win at Juventus to reignite title race
Inter's Mauro Icardi, right, scores during a Serie A soccer match between Chievo and Inter Milan at the Bentegodi stadium in Verona, Sunday, April 22, 2018. (Filippo Venezia/ANSA via AP)
Inter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti sports a red sign on his face as part of an initiative aimed at raising public awareness of violence against women, prior to the Serie A soccer match between Inter and Chievo Verona, at the Bentegodi stadium in Verona, Italy, Sunday, April 22, 20018. (Filippo Venezia/ANSA via AP)
Napoli snatches 1-0 win at Juventus to reignite title race
Inter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti sports a red sign on his face as part of an initiative aimed at raising public awareness of violence against women, prior to the Serie A soccer match between Inter and Chievo Verona, at the Bentegodi stadium in Verona, Italy, Sunday, April 22, 20018. (Filippo Venezia/ANSA via AP)
Inter's Ivan Perisic, right, celebrates with his teammate Yann Karamoh after he scored during a Serie A soccer match between Chievo and Inter Milan at the Bentegodi stadium in Verona, Sunday, April 22, 2018. (Filippo Venezia/ANSA via AP)
Napoli snatches 1-0 win at Juventus to reignite title race
Inter's Ivan Perisic, right, celebrates with his teammate Yann Karamoh after he scored during a Serie A soccer match between Chievo and Inter Milan at the Bentegodi stadium in Verona, Sunday, April 22, 2018. (Filippo Venezia/ANSA via AP)
<p>Inter gave up against Chievo, admits Spalletti</p>
Inter gave up against Chievo, admits Spalletti

Inter gave up against Chievo, admits Spalletti

<p>Inter gave up against Chievo, admits Spalletti</p>
Inter gave up against Chievo, admits Spalletti

Inter gave up against Chievo, admits Spalletti

Luciano Spalletti said Inter need to show character, courage and responsibility as they aim for a top-four finish in Serie A.
Inter gave up against Chievo, admits Spalletti
Luciano Spalletti said Inter need to show character, courage and responsibility as they aim for a top-four finish in Serie A.
<p>Chievo 1 Inter 2: Icardi grateful to VAR as Nerazzurri remain in top-four hunt</p>
Chievo 1 Inter 2: Icardi grateful to VAR as Nerazzurri remain in top-four hunt

Chievo 1 Inter 2: Icardi grateful to VAR as Nerazzurri remain in top-four hunt

<p>Chievo 1 Inter 2: Icardi grateful to VAR as Nerazzurri remain in top-four hunt</p>
Chievo 1 Inter 2: Icardi grateful to VAR as Nerazzurri remain in top-four hunt

Chievo 1 Inter 2: Icardi grateful to VAR as Nerazzurri remain in top-four hunt

Mauro Icardi thought his goal in Inter&#39;s 2-1 win over Chievo had been ruled offside but the video assistant referee overturned the decision.
Chievo 1 Inter 2: Icardi grateful to VAR as Nerazzurri remain in top-four hunt
Mauro Icardi thought his goal in Inter's 2-1 win over Chievo had been ruled offside but the video assistant referee overturned the decision.
Verona (Italy), 22/04/2018.- Inter&#39;s Ivan Perisic (R) celebrates with teammates Mauro Icardi (C) and Yann Karamoh (L) after scoring a goal during the Italian Serie A soccer match between AC Chievo Verona and FC Inter at Bentegodi stadium in Verona, Italy, 22 April 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/FILIPPO VENEZIA
Verona (Italy), 22/04/2018.- Inter's Ivan Perisic (R) celebrates with teammates Mauro Icardi (C) and Yann Karamoh (L) after scoring a goal during the Italian Serie A soccer match between AC Chievo Verona and FC Inter at Bentegodi stadium in Verona, Italy, 22 April 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/FILIPPO VENEZIA
Verona (Italy), 22/04/2018.- Inter's Ivan Perisic (R) celebrates with teammates Mauro Icardi (C) and Yann Karamoh (L) after scoring a goal during the Italian Serie A soccer match between AC Chievo Verona and FC Inter at Bentegodi stadium in Verona, Italy, 22 April 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/FILIPPO VENEZIA
Verona (Italy), 22/04/2018.- Inter&#39;s Mauro Icardi (3-R) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the Italian Serie A soccer match between AC Chievo Verona and FC Inter at Bentegodi stadium in Verona, Italy, 22 April 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/FILIPPO VENEZIA
Verona (Italy), 22/04/2018.- Inter's Mauro Icardi (3-R) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the Italian Serie A soccer match between AC Chievo Verona and FC Inter at Bentegodi stadium in Verona, Italy, 22 April 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/FILIPPO VENEZIA
Verona (Italy), 22/04/2018.- Inter's Mauro Icardi (3-R) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the Italian Serie A soccer match between AC Chievo Verona and FC Inter at Bentegodi stadium in Verona, Italy, 22 April 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/FILIPPO VENEZIA
Verona (Italy), 22/04/2018.- Inter&#39;s Mauro Icardi (L) scores a goal during the Italian Serie A soccer match between AC Chievo Verona and FC Inter at Bentegodi stadium in Verona, Italy, 22 April 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/FILIPPO VENEZIA
Verona (Italy), 22/04/2018.- Inter's Mauro Icardi (L) scores a goal during the Italian Serie A soccer match between AC Chievo Verona and FC Inter at Bentegodi stadium in Verona, Italy, 22 April 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/FILIPPO VENEZIA
Verona (Italy), 22/04/2018.- Inter's Mauro Icardi (L) scores a goal during the Italian Serie A soccer match between AC Chievo Verona and FC Inter at Bentegodi stadium in Verona, Italy, 22 April 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/FILIPPO VENEZIA
Verona (Italy), 22/04/2018.- Inter&#39;s goalkeeper Samir Handanovic gestures during the Italian Serie A soccer match between AC Chievo Verona and FC Inter at Bentegodi stadium in Verona, Italy, 22 April 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/FILIPPO VENEZIA
Verona (Italy), 22/04/2018.- Inter's goalkeeper Samir Handanovic gestures during the Italian Serie A soccer match between AC Chievo Verona and FC Inter at Bentegodi stadium in Verona, Italy, 22 April 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/FILIPPO VENEZIA
Verona (Italy), 22/04/2018.- Inter's goalkeeper Samir Handanovic gestures during the Italian Serie A soccer match between AC Chievo Verona and FC Inter at Bentegodi stadium in Verona, Italy, 22 April 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/FILIPPO VENEZIA
Verona (Italy), 22/04/2018.- Chievo&#39;s Perparim Hetemaj (down) and Inter&#39;s Rafinha in action during the Italian Serie A soccer match between AC Chievo Verona and FC Inter at Bentegodi stadium in Verona, Italy, 22 April 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/FILIPPO VENEZIA
Verona (Italy), 22/04/2018.- Chievo's Perparim Hetemaj (down) and Inter's Rafinha in action during the Italian Serie A soccer match between AC Chievo Verona and FC Inter at Bentegodi stadium in Verona, Italy, 22 April 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/FILIPPO VENEZIA
Verona (Italy), 22/04/2018.- Chievo's Perparim Hetemaj (down) and Inter's Rafinha in action during the Italian Serie A soccer match between AC Chievo Verona and FC Inter at Bentegodi stadium in Verona, Italy, 22 April 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/FILIPPO VENEZIA
Verona (Italy), 22/04/2018.- Chievo&#39;s Emanuele Giaccherini (L) and Inter&#39;s Danilo D&#39;Ambrosio in action during the Italian Serie A soccer match between AC Chievo Verona and FC Inter at Bentegodi stadium in Verona, Italy, 22 April 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/FILIPPO VENEZIA
Verona (Italy), 22/04/2018.- Chievo's Emanuele Giaccherini (L) and Inter's Danilo D'Ambrosio in action during the Italian Serie A soccer match between AC Chievo Verona and FC Inter at Bentegodi stadium in Verona, Italy, 22 April 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/FILIPPO VENEZIA
Verona (Italy), 22/04/2018.- Chievo's Emanuele Giaccherini (L) and Inter's Danilo D'Ambrosio in action during the Italian Serie A soccer match between AC Chievo Verona and FC Inter at Bentegodi stadium in Verona, Italy, 22 April 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/FILIPPO VENEZIA
Verona (Italy), 22/04/2018.- Inter&#39;s coach Luciano Spalletti reacts during the Italian Serie A soccer match between AC Chievo Verona and FC Inter at Bentegodi stadium in Verona, Italy, 22 April 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/FILIPPO VENEZIA
Verona (Italy), 22/04/2018.- Inter's coach Luciano Spalletti reacts during the Italian Serie A soccer match between AC Chievo Verona and FC Inter at Bentegodi stadium in Verona, Italy, 22 April 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/FILIPPO VENEZIA
Verona (Italy), 22/04/2018.- Inter's coach Luciano Spalletti reacts during the Italian Serie A soccer match between AC Chievo Verona and FC Inter at Bentegodi stadium in Verona, Italy, 22 April 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/FILIPPO VENEZIA
Verona (Italy), 22/04/2018.- Inter&#39;s coach Luciano Spalletti reacts during the Italian Serie A soccer match between AC Chievo Verona and FC Inter at Bentegodi stadium in Verona, Italy, 22 April 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/FILIPPO VENEZIA
Verona (Italy), 22/04/2018.- Inter's coach Luciano Spalletti reacts during the Italian Serie A soccer match between AC Chievo Verona and FC Inter at Bentegodi stadium in Verona, Italy, 22 April 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/FILIPPO VENEZIA
Verona (Italy), 22/04/2018.- Inter's coach Luciano Spalletti reacts during the Italian Serie A soccer match between AC Chievo Verona and FC Inter at Bentegodi stadium in Verona, Italy, 22 April 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/FILIPPO VENEZIA
Verona (Italy), 22/04/2018.- Inter&#39;s coach Luciano Spalletti has a red mark on his cheek before the Italian Serie A soccer match between AC Chievo Verona and FC Inter at Bentegodi stadium in Verona, Italy, 22 April 2018. Serie A players painted their cheeks with a red mark to say no to violence against women. (Italia) EFE/EPA/FILIPPO VENEZIA
Verona (Italy), 22/04/2018.- Inter's coach Luciano Spalletti has a red mark on his cheek before the Italian Serie A soccer match between AC Chievo Verona and FC Inter at Bentegodi stadium in Verona, Italy, 22 April 2018. Serie A players painted their cheeks with a red mark to say no to violence against women. (Italia) EFE/EPA/FILIPPO VENEZIA
Verona (Italy), 22/04/2018.- Inter's coach Luciano Spalletti has a red mark on his cheek before the Italian Serie A soccer match between AC Chievo Verona and FC Inter at Bentegodi stadium in Verona, Italy, 22 April 2018. Serie A players painted their cheeks with a red mark to say no to violence against women. (Italia) EFE/EPA/FILIPPO VENEZIA
Verona (Italy), 22/04/2018.- Chievo&#39;s Ivan Radovanovic (R) and Inter&#39;s Ivan Perisic in action during the Italian Serie A soccer match between AC Chievo Verona and FC Inter at Bentegodi stadium in Verona, Italy, 22 April 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/FILIPPO VENEZIA
Verona (Italy), 22/04/2018.- Chievo's Ivan Radovanovic (R) and Inter's Ivan Perisic in action during the Italian Serie A soccer match between AC Chievo Verona and FC Inter at Bentegodi stadium in Verona, Italy, 22 April 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/FILIPPO VENEZIA
Verona (Italy), 22/04/2018.- Chievo's Ivan Radovanovic (R) and Inter's Ivan Perisic in action during the Italian Serie A soccer match between AC Chievo Verona and FC Inter at Bentegodi stadium in Verona, Italy, 22 April 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/FILIPPO VENEZIA
The goalkeeper had a glittering career at the highest level of the game having won the UEFA Champions League with the Italian side in 2010
Former Inter and Brazil star Julio Cesar retires from football
The goalkeeper had a glittering career at the highest level of the game having won the UEFA Champions League with the Italian side in 2010
<p>Former Inter and Brazil star Julio Cesar retires from football</p>
Former Inter and Brazil star Julio Cesar retires from football

Former Inter and Brazil star Julio Cesar retires from football

<p>Former Inter and Brazil star Julio Cesar retires from football</p>
Former Inter and Brazil star Julio Cesar retires from football

Former Inter and Brazil star Julio Cesar retires from football

Cesar kept a clean sheet on Saturday night at the historic Maracana stadium as his team beat America 2-0 in the second round of the Brazilian championship.
Former Brazil, Inter Milan goalkeeper Julio Cesar retires from football at boyhood club Flamengo
Cesar kept a clean sheet on Saturday night at the historic Maracana stadium as his team beat America 2-0 in the second round of the Brazilian championship.
The goalkeeper had a glittering career at the highest level of the game having won the UEFA Champions League with the Italian side in 2010
Former Inter and Brazil star Julio Cesar retires from football
The goalkeeper had a glittering career at the highest level of the game having won the UEFA Champions League with the Italian side in 2010
Georgia receiver Riley Riddley (8) can&#39;t hang on to a pass as Tyrique McGhee (26) defends during the first half of the G day inter squad spring football game Saturday, April 21, 2018, in Athens, Ga. Riddley was shaken up on the play and left the game. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
QB Fields shows off dual-threat skills in Dogs' spring game
Georgia receiver Riley Riddley (8) can't hang on to a pass as Tyrique McGhee (26) defends during the first half of the G day inter squad spring football game Saturday, April 21, 2018, in Athens, Ga. Riddley was shaken up on the play and left the game. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Georgia running back Prather Hudson (24) tries to breaks free from Monty Rice (32) during the first half of the G Day inter squad spring football game Saturday, April 21, 2018, in Athens, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
QB Fields shows off dual-threat skills in Dogs' spring game
Georgia running back Prather Hudson (24) tries to breaks free from Monty Rice (32) during the first half of the G Day inter squad spring football game Saturday, April 21, 2018, in Athens, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Georgia quarterback Justin Fields looks for an open receiver during the first half of the G day inter squad spring football game Saturday, April 21, 2018, in Athens, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
QB Fields shows off dual-threat skills in Dogs' spring game
Georgia quarterback Justin Fields looks for an open receiver during the first half of the G day inter squad spring football game Saturday, April 21, 2018, in Athens, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Inter have fallen behind Roma and Lazio in the battle for Champions League qualification, but Luciano Spalletti has faith in his side.
Inter not inferior to Roma and Lazio, Spalletti insists
Inter have fallen behind Roma and Lazio in the battle for Champions League qualification, but Luciano Spalletti has faith in his side.
<p>Inter not inferior to Roma and Lazio, Spalletti insists</p>
Inter not inferior to Roma and Lazio, Spalletti insists

Inter not inferior to Roma and Lazio, Spalletti insists

<p>Inter not inferior to Roma and Lazio, Spalletti insists</p>
Inter not inferior to Roma and Lazio, Spalletti insists

Inter not inferior to Roma and Lazio, Spalletti insists

Jose Mourinho has his shot at reaching a second FA Cup final of his long career at Wembley on Saturday although on a landmark day for English football it was hard for him to keep his thoughts straying from the challenge that awaits him next season at Manchester United. This semi-final sees him hunting his 21st major trophy and now, with Arsene Wenger’s pending departure, Mourinho is the senior figure at the top of the table clubs, older than all the other four current managers of the big six excluding Arsenal. Perhaps it was the departure of an old rival but speaking at a London hotel ahead of the game at Wembley he was left wondering whether his new rival, Manchester City, could be caught at all next season. Mourinho was asked a general question about whether the consistency of his team could be improved after that comeback against City was followed by defeat at West Bromwich Albion and a performance somewhere in between at Bournemouth. He immediately responded with the question that it would depend on “what the direct opponents do”. “One of the reasons related to your question - you don’t win a title, is it a failure or not? - it depends on your opponents,” he said. “I was champion in Spain [in 2012] with 100 points and Barcelona had 91 points. Was that a failure for Barcelona? I don’t think it was, but the other guys had 100 points. “In this Premier League, many clubs had positive seasons, like us, like Tottenham, like Liverpool. But it was impossible because City were really good and consistent and will reach a number of points that make it impossible for you … can you say the three [semi-final] teams who do not win the FA Cup are going to fail? It is too harsh. Praise the winner and we are going to try to be the one.” Mourinho must get more out of his expensive signings next season Credit: GETTY IMAGES It was the follow-up to that which was telling. Would it be impossible to win the title next year if City repeat their dominance? “If they get the same number of points it will be almost impossible,” Mourinho said. “If they get into the 90 something points, it is almost impossible.” Of course, you could make the argument that it is up to Mourinho’s team to stop them, having managed it over the course of one game at the Etihad Stadium this season, and by raising their own standards. Mourinho is not a man who easily suppresses what is on his mind and when he reminded everyone that City scored their winner against Bournemouth in August “in minute 145” it was obvious that there are certain things he has not yet reconciled about this season. “I was champions with Chelsea with 95 points,” he said. “That’s the reason why we were champions three months before the end of the season. We gave no chance to the opponents, which is what Manchester City did. We had periods of winning matches and waiting for them to lose a couple of points. They never did it … they were really, really strong. That is why there is no question about who deserves to be champions.” So to Tottenham and their 46-year-old manager, Mauricio Pochettino, at an age at which Mourinho had already won major five trophies at both Porto and Chelsea and his first Serie A title at Inter Milan. Mourinho said that Spurs’ targets for the season were not his business. “I don’t know their objectives. I don’t know the way they see their season. I don’t know their targets. That’s not my job.” He was also not prepared to concede that playing at Spurs’ temporary home ground Wembley was an advantage. Mourinho and Pochettino will go head-to-head at Wembley on Saturday Credit: MANCHESTER UNITED Mourinho reminded everyone that as Inter manager he won the 2010 Coppa Italia final against Roma at their Stadio Olympico, and also that he lost the 2013 Copa del Rey final at the Bernabeu as Real Madrid manager. “When you go to these big moments, with these big decisions, semi-finals, finals, I don&#39;t think it [the stadium] is an advantage at all,” he said. His view of Paul Pogba, the player who has divided opinion the most in Mourinho’s two seasons at Old Trafford, was that after three games in which his form has fluctuated, Bournemouth was a return to what was expected. “I told him after Manchester City that I am not expecting him [Pogba] to be the man of the match in every match,” he said. “I am not expecting him to be phenomenal in every match, because that is really difficult, but to keep a certain level is the challenge. That’s obvious. “I think he was phenomenal against City. I think he was not good against West Brom. And I think he was [good] against Bournemouth. Against City you have the two goals where people can say ‘Wow, super-decisive’. But I think he played even better against Bournemouth. Since minute one he was more consistent, more in control of the game. I think he was really good.” His response to whether elimination from the FA Cup and a season without a trophy would be a failure, was a single-word denial. Of course, there was a time when he had a say on another manager’s failure to win trophies, but for now that had all been forgotten.
Jose Mourinho and Manchester United face up to next season's challenge of matching city rivals' gold standard
Jose Mourinho has his shot at reaching a second FA Cup final of his long career at Wembley on Saturday although on a landmark day for English football it was hard for him to keep his thoughts straying from the challenge that awaits him next season at Manchester United. This semi-final sees him hunting his 21st major trophy and now, with Arsene Wenger’s pending departure, Mourinho is the senior figure at the top of the table clubs, older than all the other four current managers of the big six excluding Arsenal. Perhaps it was the departure of an old rival but speaking at a London hotel ahead of the game at Wembley he was left wondering whether his new rival, Manchester City, could be caught at all next season. Mourinho was asked a general question about whether the consistency of his team could be improved after that comeback against City was followed by defeat at West Bromwich Albion and a performance somewhere in between at Bournemouth. He immediately responded with the question that it would depend on “what the direct opponents do”. “One of the reasons related to your question - you don’t win a title, is it a failure or not? - it depends on your opponents,” he said. “I was champion in Spain [in 2012] with 100 points and Barcelona had 91 points. Was that a failure for Barcelona? I don’t think it was, but the other guys had 100 points. “In this Premier League, many clubs had positive seasons, like us, like Tottenham, like Liverpool. But it was impossible because City were really good and consistent and will reach a number of points that make it impossible for you … can you say the three [semi-final] teams who do not win the FA Cup are going to fail? It is too harsh. Praise the winner and we are going to try to be the one.” Mourinho must get more out of his expensive signings next season Credit: GETTY IMAGES It was the follow-up to that which was telling. Would it be impossible to win the title next year if City repeat their dominance? “If they get the same number of points it will be almost impossible,” Mourinho said. “If they get into the 90 something points, it is almost impossible.” Of course, you could make the argument that it is up to Mourinho’s team to stop them, having managed it over the course of one game at the Etihad Stadium this season, and by raising their own standards. Mourinho is not a man who easily suppresses what is on his mind and when he reminded everyone that City scored their winner against Bournemouth in August “in minute 145” it was obvious that there are certain things he has not yet reconciled about this season. “I was champions with Chelsea with 95 points,” he said. “That’s the reason why we were champions three months before the end of the season. We gave no chance to the opponents, which is what Manchester City did. We had periods of winning matches and waiting for them to lose a couple of points. They never did it … they were really, really strong. That is why there is no question about who deserves to be champions.” So to Tottenham and their 46-year-old manager, Mauricio Pochettino, at an age at which Mourinho had already won major five trophies at both Porto and Chelsea and his first Serie A title at Inter Milan. Mourinho said that Spurs’ targets for the season were not his business. “I don’t know their objectives. I don’t know the way they see their season. I don’t know their targets. That’s not my job.” He was also not prepared to concede that playing at Spurs’ temporary home ground Wembley was an advantage. Mourinho and Pochettino will go head-to-head at Wembley on Saturday Credit: MANCHESTER UNITED Mourinho reminded everyone that as Inter manager he won the 2010 Coppa Italia final against Roma at their Stadio Olympico, and also that he lost the 2013 Copa del Rey final at the Bernabeu as Real Madrid manager. “When you go to these big moments, with these big decisions, semi-finals, finals, I don't think it [the stadium] is an advantage at all,” he said. His view of Paul Pogba, the player who has divided opinion the most in Mourinho’s two seasons at Old Trafford, was that after three games in which his form has fluctuated, Bournemouth was a return to what was expected. “I told him after Manchester City that I am not expecting him [Pogba] to be the man of the match in every match,” he said. “I am not expecting him to be phenomenal in every match, because that is really difficult, but to keep a certain level is the challenge. That’s obvious. “I think he was phenomenal against City. I think he was not good against West Brom. And I think he was [good] against Bournemouth. Against City you have the two goals where people can say ‘Wow, super-decisive’. But I think he played even better against Bournemouth. Since minute one he was more consistent, more in control of the game. I think he was really good.” His response to whether elimination from the FA Cup and a season without a trophy would be a failure, was a single-word denial. Of course, there was a time when he had a say on another manager’s failure to win trophies, but for now that had all been forgotten.
Jose Mourinho has his shot at reaching a second FA Cup final of his long career at Wembley on Saturday although on a landmark day for English football it was hard for him to keep his thoughts straying from the challenge that awaits him next season at Manchester United. This semi-final sees him hunting his 21st major trophy and now, with Arsene Wenger’s pending departure, Mourinho is the senior figure at the top of the table clubs, older than all the other four current managers of the big six excluding Arsenal. Perhaps it was the departure of an old rival but speaking at a London hotel ahead of the game at Wembley he was left wondering whether his new rival, Manchester City, could be caught at all next season. Mourinho was asked a general question about whether the consistency of his team could be improved after that comeback against City was followed by defeat at West Bromwich Albion and a performance somewhere in between at Bournemouth. He immediately responded with the question that it would depend on “what the direct opponents do”. “One of the reasons related to your question - you don’t win a title, is it a failure or not? - it depends on your opponents,” he said. “I was champion in Spain [in 2012] with 100 points and Barcelona had 91 points. Was that a failure for Barcelona? I don’t think it was, but the other guys had 100 points. “In this Premier League, many clubs had positive seasons, like us, like Tottenham, like Liverpool. But it was impossible because City were really good and consistent and will reach a number of points that make it impossible for you … can you say the three [semi-final] teams who do not win the FA Cup are going to fail? It is too harsh. Praise the winner and we are going to try to be the one.” Mourinho must get more out of his expensive signings next season Credit: GETTY IMAGES It was the follow-up to that which was telling. Would it be impossible to win the title next year if City repeat their dominance? “If they get the same number of points it will be almost impossible,” Mourinho said. “If they get into the 90 something points, it is almost impossible.” Of course, you could make the argument that it is up to Mourinho’s team to stop them, having managed it over the course of one game at the Etihad Stadium this season, and by raising their own standards. Mourinho is not a man who easily suppresses what is on his mind and when he reminded everyone that City scored their winner against Bournemouth in August “in minute 145” it was obvious that there are certain things he has not yet reconciled about this season. “I was champions with Chelsea with 95 points,” he said. “That’s the reason why we were champions three months before the end of the season. We gave no chance to the opponents, which is what Manchester City did. We had periods of winning matches and waiting for them to lose a couple of points. They never did it … they were really, really strong. That is why there is no question about who deserves to be champions.” So to Tottenham and their 46-year-old manager, Mauricio Pochettino, at an age at which Mourinho had already won major five trophies at both Porto and Chelsea and his first Serie A title at Inter Milan. Mourinho said that Spurs’ targets for the season were not his business. “I don’t know their objectives. I don’t know the way they see their season. I don’t know their targets. That’s not my job.” He was also not prepared to concede that playing at Spurs’ temporary home ground Wembley was an advantage. Mourinho and Pochettino will go head-to-head at Wembley on Saturday Credit: MANCHESTER UNITED Mourinho reminded everyone that as Inter manager he won the 2010 Coppa Italia final against Roma at their Stadio Olympico, and also that he lost the 2013 Copa del Rey final at the Bernabeu as Real Madrid manager. “When you go to these big moments, with these big decisions, semi-finals, finals, I don&#39;t think it [the stadium] is an advantage at all,” he said. His view of Paul Pogba, the player who has divided opinion the most in Mourinho’s two seasons at Old Trafford, was that after three games in which his form has fluctuated, Bournemouth was a return to what was expected. “I told him after Manchester City that I am not expecting him [Pogba] to be the man of the match in every match,” he said. “I am not expecting him to be phenomenal in every match, because that is really difficult, but to keep a certain level is the challenge. That’s obvious. “I think he was phenomenal against City. I think he was not good against West Brom. And I think he was [good] against Bournemouth. Against City you have the two goals where people can say ‘Wow, super-decisive’. But I think he played even better against Bournemouth. Since minute one he was more consistent, more in control of the game. I think he was really good.” His response to whether elimination from the FA Cup and a season without a trophy would be a failure, was a single-word denial. Of course, there was a time when he had a say on another manager’s failure to win trophies, but for now that had all been forgotten.
Jose Mourinho and Manchester United face up to next season's challenge of matching city rivals' gold standard
Jose Mourinho has his shot at reaching a second FA Cup final of his long career at Wembley on Saturday although on a landmark day for English football it was hard for him to keep his thoughts straying from the challenge that awaits him next season at Manchester United. This semi-final sees him hunting his 21st major trophy and now, with Arsene Wenger’s pending departure, Mourinho is the senior figure at the top of the table clubs, older than all the other four current managers of the big six excluding Arsenal. Perhaps it was the departure of an old rival but speaking at a London hotel ahead of the game at Wembley he was left wondering whether his new rival, Manchester City, could be caught at all next season. Mourinho was asked a general question about whether the consistency of his team could be improved after that comeback against City was followed by defeat at West Bromwich Albion and a performance somewhere in between at Bournemouth. He immediately responded with the question that it would depend on “what the direct opponents do”. “One of the reasons related to your question - you don’t win a title, is it a failure or not? - it depends on your opponents,” he said. “I was champion in Spain [in 2012] with 100 points and Barcelona had 91 points. Was that a failure for Barcelona? I don’t think it was, but the other guys had 100 points. “In this Premier League, many clubs had positive seasons, like us, like Tottenham, like Liverpool. But it was impossible because City were really good and consistent and will reach a number of points that make it impossible for you … can you say the three [semi-final] teams who do not win the FA Cup are going to fail? It is too harsh. Praise the winner and we are going to try to be the one.” Mourinho must get more out of his expensive signings next season Credit: GETTY IMAGES It was the follow-up to that which was telling. Would it be impossible to win the title next year if City repeat their dominance? “If they get the same number of points it will be almost impossible,” Mourinho said. “If they get into the 90 something points, it is almost impossible.” Of course, you could make the argument that it is up to Mourinho’s team to stop them, having managed it over the course of one game at the Etihad Stadium this season, and by raising their own standards. Mourinho is not a man who easily suppresses what is on his mind and when he reminded everyone that City scored their winner against Bournemouth in August “in minute 145” it was obvious that there are certain things he has not yet reconciled about this season. “I was champions with Chelsea with 95 points,” he said. “That’s the reason why we were champions three months before the end of the season. We gave no chance to the opponents, which is what Manchester City did. We had periods of winning matches and waiting for them to lose a couple of points. They never did it … they were really, really strong. That is why there is no question about who deserves to be champions.” So to Tottenham and their 46-year-old manager, Mauricio Pochettino, at an age at which Mourinho had already won major five trophies at both Porto and Chelsea and his first Serie A title at Inter Milan. Mourinho said that Spurs’ targets for the season were not his business. “I don’t know their objectives. I don’t know the way they see their season. I don’t know their targets. That’s not my job.” He was also not prepared to concede that playing at Spurs’ temporary home ground Wembley was an advantage. Mourinho and Pochettino will go head-to-head at Wembley on Saturday Credit: MANCHESTER UNITED Mourinho reminded everyone that as Inter manager he won the 2010 Coppa Italia final against Roma at their Stadio Olympico, and also that he lost the 2013 Copa del Rey final at the Bernabeu as Real Madrid manager. “When you go to these big moments, with these big decisions, semi-finals, finals, I don't think it [the stadium] is an advantage at all,” he said. His view of Paul Pogba, the player who has divided opinion the most in Mourinho’s two seasons at Old Trafford, was that after three games in which his form has fluctuated, Bournemouth was a return to what was expected. “I told him after Manchester City that I am not expecting him [Pogba] to be the man of the match in every match,” he said. “I am not expecting him to be phenomenal in every match, because that is really difficult, but to keep a certain level is the challenge. That’s obvious. “I think he was phenomenal against City. I think he was not good against West Brom. And I think he was [good] against Bournemouth. Against City you have the two goals where people can say ‘Wow, super-decisive’. But I think he played even better against Bournemouth. Since minute one he was more consistent, more in control of the game. I think he was really good.” His response to whether elimination from the FA Cup and a season without a trophy would be a failure, was a single-word denial. Of course, there was a time when he had a say on another manager’s failure to win trophies, but for now that had all been forgotten.
Jose Mourinho has his shot at reaching a second FA Cup final of his long career at Wembley on Saturday although on a landmark day for English football it was hard for him to keep his thoughts straying from the challenge that awaits him next season at Manchester United. This semi-final sees him hunting his 21st major trophy and now, with Arsene Wenger’s pending departure, Mourinho is the senior figure at the top of the table clubs, older than all the other four current managers of the big six excluding Arsenal. Perhaps it was the departure of an old rival but speaking at a London hotel ahead of the game at Wembley he was left wondering whether his new rival, Manchester City, could be caught at all next season. Mourinho was asked a general question about whether the consistency of his team could be improved after that comeback against City was followed by defeat at West Bromwich Albion and a performance somewhere in between at Bournemouth. He immediately responded with the question that it would depend on “what the direct opponents do”. “One of the reasons related to your question - you don’t win a title, is it a failure or not? - it depends on your opponents,” he said. “I was champion in Spain [in 2012] with 100 points and Barcelona had 91 points. Was that a failure for Barcelona? I don’t think it was, but the other guys had 100 points. “In this Premier League, many clubs had positive seasons, like us, like Tottenham, like Liverpool. But it was impossible because City were really good and consistent and will reach a number of points that make it impossible for you … can you say the three [semi-final] teams who do not win the FA Cup are going to fail? It is too harsh. Praise the winner and we are going to try to be the one.” Mourinho must get more out of his expensive signings next season Credit: GETTY IMAGES It was the follow-up to that which was telling. Would it be impossible to win the title next year if City repeat their dominance? “If they get the same number of points it will be almost impossible,” Mourinho said. “If they get into the 90 something points, it is almost impossible.” Of course, you could make the argument that it is up to Mourinho’s team to stop them, having managed it over the course of one game at the Etihad Stadium this season, and by raising their own standards. Mourinho is not a man who easily suppresses what is on his mind and when he reminded everyone that City scored their winner against Bournemouth in August “in minute 145” it was obvious that there are certain things he has not yet reconciled about this season. “I was champions with Chelsea with 95 points,” he said. “That’s the reason why we were champions three months before the end of the season. We gave no chance to the opponents, which is what Manchester City did. We had periods of winning matches and waiting for them to lose a couple of points. They never did it … they were really, really strong. That is why there is no question about who deserves to be champions.” So to Tottenham and their 46-year-old manager, Mauricio Pochettino, at an age at which Mourinho had already won major five trophies at both Porto and Chelsea and his first Serie A title at Inter Milan. Mourinho said that Spurs’ targets for the season were not his business. “I don’t know their objectives. I don’t know the way they see their season. I don’t know their targets. That’s not my job.” He was also not prepared to concede that playing at Spurs’ temporary home ground Wembley was an advantage. Mourinho and Pochettino will go head-to-head at Wembley on Saturday Credit: MANCHESTER UNITED Mourinho reminded everyone that as Inter manager he won the 2010 Coppa Italia final against Roma at their Stadio Olympico, and also that he lost the 2013 Copa del Rey final at the Bernabeu as Real Madrid manager. “When you go to these big moments, with these big decisions, semi-finals, finals, I don&#39;t think it [the stadium] is an advantage at all,” he said. His view of Paul Pogba, the player who has divided opinion the most in Mourinho’s two seasons at Old Trafford, was that after three games in which his form has fluctuated, Bournemouth was a return to what was expected. “I told him after Manchester City that I am not expecting him [Pogba] to be the man of the match in every match,” he said. “I am not expecting him to be phenomenal in every match, because that is really difficult, but to keep a certain level is the challenge. That’s obvious. “I think he was phenomenal against City. I think he was not good against West Brom. And I think he was [good] against Bournemouth. Against City you have the two goals where people can say ‘Wow, super-decisive’. But I think he played even better against Bournemouth. Since minute one he was more consistent, more in control of the game. I think he was really good.” His response to whether elimination from the FA Cup and a season without a trophy would be a failure, was a single-word denial. Of course, there was a time when he had a say on another manager’s failure to win trophies, but for now that had all been forgotten.
Jose Mourinho and Manchester United face up to next season's challenge of matching city rivals' gold standard
Jose Mourinho has his shot at reaching a second FA Cup final of his long career at Wembley on Saturday although on a landmark day for English football it was hard for him to keep his thoughts straying from the challenge that awaits him next season at Manchester United. This semi-final sees him hunting his 21st major trophy and now, with Arsene Wenger’s pending departure, Mourinho is the senior figure at the top of the table clubs, older than all the other four current managers of the big six excluding Arsenal. Perhaps it was the departure of an old rival but speaking at a London hotel ahead of the game at Wembley he was left wondering whether his new rival, Manchester City, could be caught at all next season. Mourinho was asked a general question about whether the consistency of his team could be improved after that comeback against City was followed by defeat at West Bromwich Albion and a performance somewhere in between at Bournemouth. He immediately responded with the question that it would depend on “what the direct opponents do”. “One of the reasons related to your question - you don’t win a title, is it a failure or not? - it depends on your opponents,” he said. “I was champion in Spain [in 2012] with 100 points and Barcelona had 91 points. Was that a failure for Barcelona? I don’t think it was, but the other guys had 100 points. “In this Premier League, many clubs had positive seasons, like us, like Tottenham, like Liverpool. But it was impossible because City were really good and consistent and will reach a number of points that make it impossible for you … can you say the three [semi-final] teams who do not win the FA Cup are going to fail? It is too harsh. Praise the winner and we are going to try to be the one.” Mourinho must get more out of his expensive signings next season Credit: GETTY IMAGES It was the follow-up to that which was telling. Would it be impossible to win the title next year if City repeat their dominance? “If they get the same number of points it will be almost impossible,” Mourinho said. “If they get into the 90 something points, it is almost impossible.” Of course, you could make the argument that it is up to Mourinho’s team to stop them, having managed it over the course of one game at the Etihad Stadium this season, and by raising their own standards. Mourinho is not a man who easily suppresses what is on his mind and when he reminded everyone that City scored their winner against Bournemouth in August “in minute 145” it was obvious that there are certain things he has not yet reconciled about this season. “I was champions with Chelsea with 95 points,” he said. “That’s the reason why we were champions three months before the end of the season. We gave no chance to the opponents, which is what Manchester City did. We had periods of winning matches and waiting for them to lose a couple of points. They never did it … they were really, really strong. That is why there is no question about who deserves to be champions.” So to Tottenham and their 46-year-old manager, Mauricio Pochettino, at an age at which Mourinho had already won major five trophies at both Porto and Chelsea and his first Serie A title at Inter Milan. Mourinho said that Spurs’ targets for the season were not his business. “I don’t know their objectives. I don’t know the way they see their season. I don’t know their targets. That’s not my job.” He was also not prepared to concede that playing at Spurs’ temporary home ground Wembley was an advantage. Mourinho and Pochettino will go head-to-head at Wembley on Saturday Credit: MANCHESTER UNITED Mourinho reminded everyone that as Inter manager he won the 2010 Coppa Italia final against Roma at their Stadio Olympico, and also that he lost the 2013 Copa del Rey final at the Bernabeu as Real Madrid manager. “When you go to these big moments, with these big decisions, semi-finals, finals, I don't think it [the stadium] is an advantage at all,” he said. His view of Paul Pogba, the player who has divided opinion the most in Mourinho’s two seasons at Old Trafford, was that after three games in which his form has fluctuated, Bournemouth was a return to what was expected. “I told him after Manchester City that I am not expecting him [Pogba] to be the man of the match in every match,” he said. “I am not expecting him to be phenomenal in every match, because that is really difficult, but to keep a certain level is the challenge. That’s obvious. “I think he was phenomenal against City. I think he was not good against West Brom. And I think he was [good] against Bournemouth. Against City you have the two goals where people can say ‘Wow, super-decisive’. But I think he played even better against Bournemouth. Since minute one he was more consistent, more in control of the game. I think he was really good.” His response to whether elimination from the FA Cup and a season without a trophy would be a failure, was a single-word denial. Of course, there was a time when he had a say on another manager’s failure to win trophies, but for now that had all been forgotten.
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