Mourinho: "Not the game of our lives in Barcelona"


"So I won't be rotating players for a hard match against a well structured team like Bologna"

APPIANO GENTILE - Serie A action resumes tomorrow after the third and final international break of the season, and Inter travel to Bologna in Week 13 tomorrow evening ahead of Tuesday's Champions League tie against Barcelona. José Mourinho is expecting a difficult game against a team that he describes as "well structured. They have won their last two matches at home. They have some good players in attack. Players who score. They have options like Osvaldo, Adailton, Zalayeta, Di Vaio. They have a new coach who, as always in these circumstances, has improved the team on a motivational level."

Mourinho made changes his team against Livorno before facing Dynamo Kiev two weeks ago, but he feels there is no need to rotate players ahead the Barça clash. "It won't be necessary," he told journalists in the pre-match press conference. "The match in Ukraine was the match of our lives because we would have been out if we had lost, or almost out if we had drawn. Barcelona is not the match of our lives in this moment. We have two games to get three points in the Champions League, and this is why I consider the Bologna game different from the Livorno one."

Mourinho's players are fit and ready to face the Rossoblu, with only two players out injured. "We have lost Sneijder and Santon. This is always normal when someone arrives with a few problems. It's not a drama and you have to accept this as a logical consequence of a team that has players all over the world with their national teams. All the other players are fine. Suazo still hasn't arrived because he played a friendly on the other side of the world, but the others are all well and I want to congratulate Rene Krhin who will have the chance to play in a World Cup at the age of 18."

Ireland's controversial World Cup exit has caused worldwide furore. Asked to comment on the situation, Mourinho replied: "I'm keeping my opinion to myself. I can only say that I called Mr Trapattoni after the match because he's a friend. It was hard to say something to him in that moment. I exchanged three or four words with Mr Trapattoni. Now I will wait. Wait and see."

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