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Coach delighted with team but disappointed with compatriot

QuaresmaMourinhoJose Mourinho could barely contain his delight after watching his Inter side demolish Roma 4-0 at the Stadio Olimpico, and quickly proclaimed it the Nerazurri’s best performance of the season.

Goals from Dejan Stankovic, Victor Obinna and a Zlatan Ibrahimovic brace gave Mourinho’s side a truly memorable victory over last season’s runners-up, and increased their lead at the top of Serie A to two points.

“It was the best Inter performance of the season and we dominated for the whole match,” he said. “We did very well and I think the team showed a lot of intelligence to interpret the game and I am very happy. A 4-0 scoreline in a big game like this and with that kind of performance is an important result indeed.”

There was, however, in the midst of his praise for most of the team, a stern warning for Ricardo Quaresma, who has yet to get going since his move to Italy. The former Porto man started in Rome, was replaced by Mancini in the second half after failing to impress on the flanks.

“Quaresma obviously needs to improve,” said Mourinho. “He is a great talent, but the joy I have at seeing the way Ibra works for and with the team I do not yet have with Quaresma. He will have to learn, otherwise he won’t play, and I am sure he’ll change and become more tactically disciplined.”

“Ibrahimovic a true team player”

If Mourinho is currently unimpressed with Quaresma’s performance level, the Portuguese was full of praise for Ibrahimovic, who has been in sensational form for the champions so far during the current campaign, while offering an insight into his team selection.

“Ibra always tries to find space between the lines. He can play in any tactical system; can be a centre-forward with the team supporting him by pushing up the field. He is a real team player and I think he is very important for Inter.

“I picked (Victor) Obinna because I have been working with these players all week, as the others were away on international duty. I knew it was crucial for Stankovic and Sulley Muntari to close up on Alberto Aquilani and Daniele De Rossi, not giving them the chance to express their quality.

“Stankovic is a great player and did well today, as he and Muntari were decisive in putting pressure on the Roma midfield. I was not afraid of fielding a very high defence because I knew the midfield movement would protect them and allow this system.”

20 October 2008, by Sean Gillen

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