Mourinho Blames Serie A and Referee for Loss to Inter

José Mourinho justified his team’s lackadaisical showing versus Inter and criticized the League and Fabio Maresca in his post-game remarks to the club’s site.

“Considering all the tiredness we accumulated and the little time we had to prepare the game, I think the guys had a remarkable performance. Everybody at the stadium, and not just me or them, thought it would end with a draw at that point. The squad stayed serene despite all the difficulties.”

Mourinho wasn’t pleased with the refereeing.

“Gianluca Mancini and Evan N’Dicka were booked due to choices by the official. The same goes for Bryan Cristante and Leandro Paredes, while just Benjamin Pavard received a yellow card for Inter. Maresca’s attitude toward our players says it all. I’m sorry that there’s no respect for them.”

Mourinho commented on the game-winning goal and their host of injuries.

“Too bad for the result, as we had a good effort, and Marcus Thuram scored on a manageable situation. I’m happy for how we worked as a team in a complicated situation. We didn’t have Leonardo Spinazzola, Paulo Dybala, Chris Smalling, Renato Sanches, and Lorenzo Pellegrini today. Coming here with half the squad was a gift from the League since we played on Sunday and not on Monday. I’m sorry because we deserved more.”

Mourinho watched the game from the press gallery and reportedly asked the Inter officials whether they had a whistle after the game, Corriere dello Sport informs.

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