MILAN WIN SCUDETTO

MILAN - Inter Milan are so used to winning Serie A titles that immediate celebrations of their fifth scudetto in a row yesterday were slightly muted, but not as quiet as their coach Jose Mourinho.

MILAN - Inter Milan are so used to winning Serie A titles that immediate celebrations of their fifth scudetto in a row yesterday were slightly muted, but not as quiet as their coach Jose Mourinho.

The Portuguese, with rare tears in his eyes, hugged his players and waved to fans but continued his three-month long boycott of Italian media for Serie A matches.

Treble-chasing Inter, who meet Bayern Munich in the Champions League final on Saturday having sealed the Italian Cup, won 1-0 at Siena to pip AS Roma by two points on the final day of the Serie A season.

Mourinho's future is unclear after he said he was unhappy in Italian football and wanted to one day coach in Spain, sparking speculation he could move to Real Madrid for next season.

Club president Massimo Moratti said he had no idea what his coach's plans were but wanted to celebrate his club's 18th league title, even if his players lifted the trophy in a somewhat déjà vu manner before really starting to party.

"Let's hope we can complete the treble now," he told reporters before remarking on the nervous finish where relegated Siena almost equalised and handed the title to Roma.

Mourinho may have been silent after the game but earlier in the week he had told Reuters about his pride in his team. "I love everybody (all the players)," he said. "From the first to the last they give everything. They are great the way they have survived this incredible season playing a match every three days and so many crucial games in the last month."

Roma coach Claudio Ranieri, whose side beat Chievo 2-0, was gracious in defeat but hailed his team for going 24 games unbeaten this season having lost their first two matches and seen boss Luciano Spalletti resign. - Reuters

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