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Roma's rise raises doubts about Inter's 'Special One'

By unknown | Apr 16, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

ROME - His Inter Milan side having reached the last four of the Champions League and the Italian Cup final, Jose Mourinho's methods are still being questioned in Italy after surrendering the top spot in Serie A.

The champions face Juventus at the San Siro today with ground to make up in the league for the first time since October after last weekend's 2-2 draw at Fiorentina enabled AS Roma to go a point ahead of them in the standings.

Mourinho's reluctance to rotate a squad engaged on three fronts is widely seen as a big factor in the champions' slide in Serie A. They have picked up 14 points less than Roma so far in the second half of the season.

"It's not possible that they always play with the same team," Catania forward Giuseppe Mascara, who scored in the Sicilians' surprise 3-1 win over Inter last month, told Rai television. "In the Champions League it's always the same, in the league it's always the same."

Mourinho gave some of his overworked troops, such as playmaker Wesley Sneijder and forward Diego Milito, a rest in Tuesday's Italian Cup semifinal second leg at Fiorentina. Inter completed a 2-0 aggregate win but they will need high-flying Roma to cool off from their remarkable 23-match unbeaten run.

Mourinho, who will be without suspended Cristian Chivu against Juve, has also been accused of creating too much tension around his team. He has stopped speaking to the media after domestic games after touchline bans for controversial gestures and outbursts, and has suggested the Italian football establishment do not want Inter to win the title.

Roma face a stiff test against city rivals Lazio on Sunday. - Reuters


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