âI thought in Italy there was more passion for football and that the objective was to improve the sport,â said Mourinho.
âInstead I was disappointed right away, as I have seen there is more attention paid to the tiny things, the petty controversies after games between managers on the television shows.
âIn Spain and England there is less attention paid to these matters, so this is why Serie A is behind the Premier League and La Liga at the moment.
âNobody worried about the fact Lecce played against us with three goalkeepers and eight defenders, instead they only wanted to know why Baresi was at the Press conference instead of me.â
The âsnubâ upset the newspapers and fans, who were already irritated with Mourinho after he repeatedly locked both out of training sessions.
âWhen I arrived at Inter, I made a choice in terms of my collaborators. Nobody told me Baresi wasnât up to the task, this is what you journalists say to stir up trouble and suggest I donât have respect,â continued the Coach.
âIf Baresi is part of the Inter staff, I donât see why it is lacking respect for the media to send him to the Press conference.
âThis is exactly what I mean, the focus on these minor matters is why Italian football hasnât reached its full potential yet.â