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Inter Milan boss Mourinho: I'll always be an outsider in Italy

Inter Milan boss Jose Mourinho believes he'll always be considered an outsider in Italy.

Mourinho is regarded as a troublesome outsider by his peers and an irritant by the media.

The former Chelsea boss said: "The case of coaches is symptomatic. There are 20 of us in Serie A - 18 are Italian, one is half Italian and half Brazilian (AC Milan's Leonardo) and the other is a foreigner.

"When they vote for the coach of the year in a month's time, voted for by the coaches themselves, it doesn't seem that I'll win. Perhaps I'll even be last.

"Perhaps I'll have to vote for myself to get a vote. It can't even be two votes any more, because Walter Zenga, who is an Inter man and my friend, left Palermo."

He admits he feels under pressure and knows it will increase if Inter fail to make it past the Champions League group stage

He said "It's down to results above all. If we're winning, it lessens the criticism, but if we lose a game they're on top of you.

"There's recognition, but criticism continues. It's our duty to transform the constant nagging we get from outside not into a destabilising effect but into motivation for the team. I don't drown.

"That's what we do from the first day we start work."

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