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Mourinho lambasts Inter performance

November 9, 2009
By Soccernet staff

Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho was unimpressed with his team's display in yesterday's 1-1 draw against Roma in Serie A, with youngster Mario Balotelli singled out for criticism by the Nerazzurri boss. The result left Inter five points clear of second-placed Juventus, who beat Atalanta 5-2.

Inter 1-1 Roma: Eto'o nets to salavage draw

Patrick Vieira
GettyImages / Mario BalotelliMario Balotelli tangles with Phillipe Mexes during the bad-tempered encounter.

"It has been an awful game from everyone,'' Mourinho said. "There was a team that was unable to win, another team that didn't want to win and someone else (referee) who made too many calls.''

The Nerazzurri had gone into the game at the San Siro on the back of five consecutive victories but struggled to beat Roma's well-placed defence. Mirko Vucinic put Roma ahead in the 13th minute but Samuel Eto'o earned Inter a point early in the second half.

Inter youngster Mario Balotelli, who replaced Patrick Vieira at half-time, was criticised by the coach.

"Balotelli? In my opinion he came close to a zero rating,'' Mourinho said. "I didn't like how he played. He is 19 but could have done much better.''

Mourinho did not believe the game had hurt his side in the title race, though.

"I didn't like the game,'' he said. "The only thing that I liked was the result. We took a point at home against a team that has quality like Roma and that is fine.''

In the next round of Serie A matches, Inter travel to Bologna while Juventus host Udinese.