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One down, two to go for Inter

Published: Friday 14 May 2010, 12.41CET
José Mourinho told UEFA.com he was trying "not to think much" about the UEFA Champions League final as FC Internazionale Milano bid to retain the Serie A title at AC Siena on Sunday.
by Paolo Menicucci
from Milan
One down, two to go for Inter
José Mourinho is striving to keep Inter's minds from wandering ©Getty Images
Published: Friday 14 May 2010, 12.41CET

One down, two to go for Inter

José Mourinho told UEFA.com he was trying "not to think much" about the UEFA Champions League final as FC Internazionale Milano bid to retain the Serie A title at AC Siena on Sunday.

The Italian saying goes: 'Non c'è due senza tre' – there's no two without a three'. With the Coppa Italia already in the bag, José Mourinho will look to pick up FC Internazionale Milano's second title of the season as they visit relegated AC Siena on Sunday. Should they manage it, victory in next Saturday's UEFA Champions League final against FC Bayern München would make it a treble.

With the final round of the season looming, the Nerazzurri are two points clear of AS Roma, who visit AC Chievo Verona. Victory at Siena would give Inter their 18th Scudetto, but anything less could be a catastrophe, with Roma's superior head-to-head decisive in the event that the two contenders finish level on points. Mourinho, therefore, can be excused if his full attentions are not yet on his trip to Madrid, where his side will look to become European champions for the first time since successfully defending the title in 1964/65.

"I cannot say I don't think about the final, but I try not to think much about it," the Portuguese coach told UEFA.com. "Bayern are already champions in Germany. We are not champions in Italy. We have one match to play, and this is a very important trophy for us. But you cannot forget about it, because we will be in Madrid to play a game that everybody wants to play, a game that especially this club wants very much to play, because for almost 50 years Inter have not been not there."

Siena are already relegated, but Inter will know not to take anything for granted against the Tuscan side. In January, the Nerazzurri needed two late goals – one in added-time from Walter Samuel – to beat Siena 4-3 at San Siro; two years ago Siena earned a 2-2 draw in Milan, forcing the Nerazzurri to postpone Scudetto celebrations to the final match of the campaign.

Mourinho, however, believes his group is united enough to go all the way in both competitions now that Wesley Sneijder and Lucio have recovered from injury. "I think that everybody must be together now," he said. "I think this is important, when you go to the big moments where it's very difficult. Everybody must trust everybody around them. We are living a crucial moment of the season, everything in two matches; we play for the two most important trophies, the championship and the Champions League."

Last updated: 14/05/10 13.53CET

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