Inter Milan boss Mourinho slams ref after derby victory
Inter Milan boss Jose Mourinho slammed the match officials after their derby victory over AC Milan. Diego Milito gave the Nerazzurri an early lead and Wesley Sneijder was sent off for sarcastically applauding the referee just 27 minutes in, but still won the derby 2-0.
"I have already understood they won't let us seal up the Scudetto. When at Bari Bonucci is not sent off and in the derby the officials do everything to stop us winning, I see what is happening here," he told Sky Italia television.
"There is a different criteria. The referee asked if I would be angry if one of my players sarcastically applauded my decision, but I said no. I'd let it go. The referee should've had more common sense.
"But we understood as time went on that it was not a coincidence that referee Rocchi gave Sneijder that red card."
In stoppages Lucio was also dismissed for a second bookable offence after giving away a penalty, which Julio Cesar saved from Ronaldinho.
"We proved everything. We proved that the only way we were going to lose was if we went down to six men, as with seven we still would've won," crowed Mou. "Inter were spectacular on a tactical, physical, psychological point of view and right from the start it was obvious we were stronger and could win comfortably.
"The win was important, but I leave here with a strange taste in my mouth. The game was strange. I am foreign and maybe don't quite understand Italian football yet, but it's your problem and not mine. We were fortunate to only end up with nine men and that is why we won, not exactly comfortably, as Milan did everything they could until the end with great pride, so it was never easy.
"But we won without debate and I knew Leonardo will be the first to admit Inter deserved it."
Goran Pandev was set to be substituted, but Mourinho postponed it so that he could take the free kick for 2-0.
"It's better to be a lucky Coach than a talented one. At that point I was lucky. A little voice told me to leave him on for another 10 seconds."