Coppa Italia: Roma boss José Mourinho will face Inter Milan at San Siro for the first time since leaving in 2010

José Mourinho will face “his” Inter Milan for the first time in more than 12 years on Tuesday when the manager takes Roma to the San Siro for the Coppa Italia quarter-finals at Paramount+. In 2010, the Portuguese coach won everything he could win with Inter Milan, and the fans still remember what he achieved. Mourinho has returned to Italy several times in recent years, but he has never faced Inter in Milan since he left the Nerazzurri in 2010. That changes on Tuesday night.

Whether Inter ultras welcome him with open arms or not remains to be seen, but let’s take a look at what he achieved during his days at the club.

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Date: Tuesday, February 8 | Time: 3 pm ET
Location: San Siro – Milan, Italy
TV and Live Broadcast: Paramount+
Odd: Inter -165; Draw +305; Rome +430 (via Caesars Sportsbook)

Mourinho joined Inter Milan in the summer of 2008 after the club had a mutual split with Roberto Mancini, who led the Nerazzurri to three successive Serie A titles. He arrived with the stated goal of winning the Champions League, a trophy that had been missing for more than 40 years and that became a real obsession for former Inter president Massimo Moratti.

Mourinho worked from day 1 to achieve this goal and immediately became an idol among the fans for his behavior and style, breaking the rules and beating opponents. His press conferences were legendary and some of his quotes remain a part of Italian football folklore to this day. Mourinho won the Italian Super Cup and the scudetto in his first season, but fell short in the Champions League quarter-finals, losing to Manchester United at Old Trafford.

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That is the night that completely changed his history at the club. He sat down with Moratti and asked him for some important signings to achieve the goal of winning the UCL. Zlatan Ibrahimovic left the club and was involved in an incredible deal with Barcelona striker Samuel Eto’o, who just won the treble with Pep Guardiola. Inter Milan signed Lucio and Wesley Sneijder from Real Madrid and, more importantly, both Thiago Motta and Diego Milito from Genoa.

These signings gave a new face to an already unbeatable team in Italy. Mourinho’s second and final season in Italy was incredible. Inter Milan won the treble: their fifth Scudetto in a row, the Coppa Italia against AS Roma and, more importantly, the Champions League after an incredible run in which the team managed to beat Chelsea, CSKA Moscow, Barcelona and Bayer Munich. Mourinho’s Inter Milan continue to be hailed as the only Italian club to win the treble.

Mourinho returned to Italy several times after leaving Inter for Real Madrid in 2010. Before a Champions League group stage match against AC Milan in 2010, Mourinho raised his hand to the whistling fans, holding up three fingers in the air to represent the number of titles he won with Inter Milan. In 2018, Mourinho returned as manager of Manchester United in Turin against Juventus. At the final whistle after a victory, Mourinho could not resist and put his hand to his ear after Juventus fans whistled at him throughout the match.

However, something has changed recently. Since the manager took charge of AS Roma last summer, he has had a different tone towards his former club. Out of respect for his current fans, but also because something happened that he probably didn’t expect. Before the summer of 2019 he was in the race to return to the Inter Milan bench, but the board decided to name his rival Antonio Conte. In hindsight that choice turned out to be perfect as Inter won the scudetto for the first time since Mourinho was in charge in 2009-10, but Mourinho really expected to be back by then.

On Tuesday he will have every reason to prove to his former club that he is still the Special, at least for the Inter Milan fans who have not forgotten what he did for them.

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