Inter, Roma seek quick fix for growing problems

October 27, 2008

MILAN, Oct 27 (Reuters) - Unhappy coaches Jose Mourinho and Luciano Spalletti will make changes for Wednesday's Serie A matches after Inter Milan's poor home form continued at the weekend andp AS Roma suffered another crushing defeat.

Mourinho's Inter, joint leaders with Udinese and Napoli, travel to in-form Fiorentina (1930 GMT) having drawn 0-0 with Genoa on Sunday in another dull display in Milan.

The champions have no trouble ripping teams apart away from home but they have struggled to find creativity at the San Siro, with Mourinho especially angry with a lack of width on Sunday.

"My players on the field do what I say," the Portuguese told reporters. "Probably someone doesn't know me well yet. Who knows maybe I'll take it into account when I call up players for Wednesday."

Media reports said his anger was directed at Mario Balotelli, Julio Cruz and Victor Obinna, who came on in the second half.

Inter will come up against one of Italy's top strike duos in Fiorentina's Alberto Gilardino and Adrian Mutu, who scored one and two respectively in Sunday's 3-1 win over Palermo.

The Sicilian side's president Maurizio Zamparini, however, was not at all happy with Gilardino's goal, which came off his arm.

"Gilardino deserves a five-game ban. He even celebrated, incredible," he said.

Roma, runners-up last term, have more important issues to worry about for Wednesday's visit of Sampdoria after losing their fifth league game in eight on Sunday, a 3-1 defeat at Udinese.

President Rosella Sensi has sent the players on a team-bonding retreat to try to arrest the slide and Spalletti knows he is almost on borrowed time.

"Certainly I feel at risk, the club has to consider my position and everybody else's," he said. "I must find a system. I need to work out a different way of working."

Resurgent AC Milan, just a point behind the leaders after Sunday's 1-0 win at Atalanta, host midtable Siena.

Injury-hit Juventus travel to Bologna hoping their mini-crisis is over after winning Saturday's Turin derby against struggling Torino.