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Mourinho dismisses Lazio past
Rome, May 2(Agencies):
Published on 3 May. 2009 1:03 AM IST
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Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho has dismissed the significance of the club’s clash against Lazio this weekend, just short of seven years to the day since the Romans denied the nerazzurri the Serie A title. In the 2001-02 season Inter arrived at the final day of the season on May 5 with a one-point advantage over Juventus as they sought to win their first title since 1989. They needed to beat Lazio at Rome’s Stadio Olimpico, but despite leading 1-0 and 2-1 they lost 4-2 and finished the season in third as both Juve and Roma overtook them with final day victories. Those were the days when Inter had become the laughing stock of Italian football, the giants known as chokers who consistently flattered to deceive. However, with three straight titles behind them and a seven-point advantage over second-placed AC Milan with only five games remaining, Mourinho insists that nothing should be read into that fateful day seven years ago. “This May 5 doesn’t mean anything to me, what is this May 5? I will remember the day that we win the scudetto. Inter should remember the 16 titles they’ve won,” said Mourinho. Lazio had been in good form recently, reaching the Coppa Italia final at the expense of Juventus and winning three games in a row before last weekend’s drab 1-0 home defeat to Atalanta hit their European qualification hopes. And with the game being played on the Saturday and Milan not playing until Sunday, when they travel to Sicily to face Catania, Inter would open up a 10-point lead with victory at the San Siro. That would go some way towards ensuring they retain the scudetto crown, an honour Mourinho is convinced Inter deserve despite Milan’s claims that they have been hampered by injuries.

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