Jose Mourinho is in hot water again.
The Special One had to watch a difficult match on Sunday, as his Nerazzurri side struggled to break down in-form Udinese at the San Siro, eventually finding the break-through in injury time, with a bundled goal from Argentine Julio Cruz.
Evoking memories of Mourinho’s behaviour back in the 2005 Carling Cup final against Liverpool, the manager celebrated the winner by placing his finger on his lips and turning towards the crowd, in what most understood to be a reaction from the Inter boss against all those who have been critical of his tactics in recent weeks. (The celebration can be seen here.)
After the game Mourinho was pinned-down on the incident by Italian TV. According to reports, Mourinho tried to laugh off the incident by saying his behaviour was a private joke between him and ex-pro Costinha, who was sitting behind him in the stands. However when the questioning became more heated the Portuguese’s anger visibly grew, leading to a public argument on the airwaves. Mourinho argued with pundits during his post-match interview before walking off the air on live TV when he finally had enough.
(Sadly we don’t speak Italian, so any comments on what was actually said in the interview will be greatly received.)
See Mourinho’s outburst on Italian TV here.
We want to thank James Horncastle from the excellent Football Italia site for filling in some blanks in this story. James explained the TV incident was between Mourinho and Sky Italia presenter Mario Sconcerti.
Sconcerti: “You always speak about [Roberto] Mancini. It appears to me he gets on your nerves.”
Mourinho: “You are the ones who are always speaking about Mancini, and then they tell me that he is your friend.”
Sconcerti: “I’ve been here for 40 years. I am friends with everyone.”
Mourinho: “You’re not my friend.”
James continues “the Italian Press have been comparing Mourinho with his predecessor all week, noting that Mancini was doing better at this stage last season. Immediately after the game Mourinho said: ‘My Inter is nine points ahead of that coached by Roberto in 2004-05.’ [his first year]. The Italian Press then replied that Mancini had not inherited a team that was champion of Italy.”