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Mourinho defends Quaresma after Inter Milan win

Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho has defended Ricardo Quaresma after their 2-1 win over Bologna.

The former Porto star has been criticised in the local press for being too selfish on the ball, but Mourinho insists: "It's a cultural thing and I cannot agree this is a problem.

"I think a player with his creativity should always be left free to do what he wants and as a Coach I will never hold him back.

"Perhaps you'd prefer someone more efficient who can pass the ball two metres away and always complete it.

"We don't see football the same way and I have to accept that from your sport and I carry on along my path. I don't want to change your approach, but I do know there is no way you are changing mine!

"Our plan was to play with two wingers and spread the play, as we knew Bologna wanted to clam up in the centre. Vieira and Muntari did well to pass the ball quickly and give our forwards and wingers the chance to go one-on-one."

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