Jose Mourinho’s Inter head for record Italian treble
The Special One is bidding to make Inter the first Italian club to win three trophies in a season
One down two to go, and the "Special One" is revelling in the attention. Jose Mourinho's Inter Milan defeated Roma 1-0 on Wednesday to win the Coppa Italia and by the end of the month the Portuguese poseur might well be able to admire his reflection in two more silver trophies – the Serie A and Champions League titles.
No other Italian side has won such a treble of trophies but for Mourinho, a man whose ego is as big as Portugal's budget deficit, such achievement is commonplace. "I have won three titles in the same season before [the Portuguese League and Cup, and UEFA Cup, in 2003 with Porto], so it would be the second time."
It was a first-half goal from Diego Milito that won the Italian cup for Inter but afterwards the press pack was more interested in Mourinho than in his team, something that clearly rankled.
"I am not the man of the moment," he told reporters. "The team is and we have the possibility to win two more titles. We have to forget the Coppa Italia and focus on the remainder of the season."
Asked whether he believed himself to be the outstanding manager in world football, Mourinho shrugged and said: “I don't consider myself the best, but one who gives his best and goes home after every game and sleeps well, because I always give my best.”
Mourinho also had something to say about his thorny relationship with the Italian press during his two seasons in charge at Inter. Having been asked if he was underrated by the media, Mourinho pointed to his achievements this season and said brusquely: “I don't ask for respect, I demand it.”
But on the subject of his future with Inter, Mourinho was uncharacteristically coy. His contract has him at the San Siro until 2013 but rumours abound that he might be heading to pastures new this summer. "No," Mourinho replied, when asked if he could say he would definitely be in charge of Inter next season, adding: "In football you can't say anything... of course, there are possibilities for me to stay."
Inter are favourites to lift the Champions League trophy when they take on Bayern Munich on May 22 in Madrid, even though the last time the Italian club claimed the title was way back in 1965 when they defeated Benfica 1-0.
And Mourinho and his men could travel to Madrid as Serie A champions if they hold their nerve going into the final two matches of the Serie A campaign. Currently Inter sit two points above second-place Roma and they should have little trouble in seeing off struggling Chievo Verona on Sunday in the penultimate fixture.
A week later they wrap up the domestic season with a trip to Siena, who are already relegated, so don't bet against an Inter treble. And if you think the Special One is unbearable now, just imagine what he's going to be like then.