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Saturday 23 September 2017

Mourinho eyes next challenge

Having only just lifted the Italian Cup, Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho was already plotting his next conquests -- with Wesley Sneijder's injury and his love for English football at the forefront of his mind.

Inter's 1-0 win over AS Roma in last night's Cup showpiece was the first step of what could be an unprecedented Italian treble, with the league title and Champions League final against Bayern Munich on May 22 also in Mourinho's sights.

Sneijder, set to be a key player for Holland at the World Cup, limped off after five minutes with a perforated thigh muscle.

The influential playmaker could be out for several weeks, leaving Mourinho to mull over his options as Inter are two points clear of Roma in Serie A.

"I'm worried about Sneijder. We still have three games left to play and I don't know when he'll be back. It's a very difficult situation," Mourinho said.

The game, the fifth time the two sides had met in the Cup final in six years, was full of nasty fouls and minor brawls and finally boiled over late on when Roma captain Francesco Totti was sent off for an outrageous kick on Mario Balotelli.

"It's very hard for a final to be a great footballing spectacle and that's what we saw this evening, there was too much tension. What Totti did can happen, it's not my place to criticise but he lost his head," Mourinho added.

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