Jose Mourinho lashed at a journalist after a disappointing 3-0 loss to Inter Milan
Calhanoglu, Dzeko, and Dumfries all netted goals for the Nerazzurri in the first half to secure the three points for the team.
Inter cruised to a 3-0 victory over Roma on Saturday evening at the Stadio Olimpico. Edin Dzeko had a triumphant return to the capital, scoring numerous goals with the Giallorossi, including the second in tonight’s game.
After 16 matchdays, the Nerazzurri are only one point behind city rivals in the league rankings. A positive outcome ahead of their pivotal Champions League Group D meeting against Real Madrid in Madrid, a match that will determine who finishes top, Inter or Real.
This Roma vs. Inter game had a nostalgic feel about it. Simone Inzaghi and Joaquin Correa returned to their former club Lazio, while Edin Dzeko returned to a location filled with joyful memories after scoring over 100 goals for the Giallorossi. Not to mention Jose Mourinho, who will face the team he won the historic triple in 2010. However, nostalgia aside, Interfaced a challenging assignment – to maintain their momentum in the race for the league title while keeping a half-eye on Tuesday’s Real Madrid match.
By halftime, the game was done. Roma could not summon anything after the interval to frighten Inter, with the evening’s only negative being Correa’s injury. Calhanoglu opened the scoring with a corner kick, then Edin Dzeko doubled the visitors’ advantage with a beautiful 20-pass team play.
Denzel Dumfries completed the score right before the break with his first goal for the club. Throughout the proceedings, the outcome was never in doubt.
The game began pretty openly, with Inter stringing together some slick plays and Roma opting for direct space, with Vina threatening and Nicolo Zaniolo creating problems in attack.
Inter, on the other hand, drew first blood after 15 minutes. Hakan Calhanoglu, in fine form, bamboozled Rui Patricio with a devilishly whipped corner kick that slipped past the Portuguese goalkeeper. A bad start for Roma, who are already depleted, and a goal that galvanized the Nerazzurri.
Simone Inzaghi’s team demonstrated their all-round ability, knowing when to increase the tempo and hold back in anticipation of a counter-attack.
If the 15th-minute goal dealt a blow to Roma’s morale, Dzeko’s 24th-minute goal added salt to the wounds. The Bosnian completed a magnificent team move involving 20 passes, with Calhanoglu once again supplying the last touch to Dzeko, who finished beautifully with his left. A few minutes later, the 35-year-old came close to claiming a second but was prevented by a Patricio stop.
Roma was primarily limited to counter-attacking, and Inter was probably a little naive at times with the space they gave the Giallorossi.
Dumfries made a crucial intervention in the 37th minute following a Vina shot before going up the other end two minutes later to open his Nerazzurri goal-scoring account. This time, Bastoni assisted, looting the left before whipping it into an onrushing Dumfries. At halftime, the score was 3-0, and the work was done.
The second half was all about retaining possession of the ball, restraining Roma, and denying them even the slightest chance of regaining control of the game.
The home side was devoid of ideas and unable to conjure up anything that would cause Inter any concern.
Marcelo Brozovic demonstrated his orchestral abilities from the center of the field, pulling all the strings and controlling the match’s rhythm to perfection.
The only moment of excitement for Roma supporters came from a Zaniolo shot that rippled the side netting, giving the Olimpico crowd the idea that it had gone in.
Inter’s lone negative from Saturday evening’s victory was Correa’s injury, which forced him to leave the pitch in tears.
After then, the visitors made a slew of substitutes and comfortably won the match. All eyes are now on Tuesday’s game against Real Madrid.
Jose Mourinho, however, lashed out at a journalist after the match. Mourinho refused to take the first question and told a journalist: “Your job is a lot easier than ours, which is why we earn a lot more than you.”
Mourinho takes no questions and says: “Inter are better than us on a good day. Inter are objectively better than us. This became a tough match tonight because of absentees. They finished 29 points above us last season. We had three big chances, 2 of which came at 0-0.”