The two managers meet tomorrow at the San Siro. And Carlo Ancelotti remembers those bitter days of Zero Tituli very well before he left for Chelsea. After all it began when Jose Mourinho joined Inter four years ago. Here is a taste.
"We are not friends," Ancelotti said recently. Yesterday he batted away questions about Mourinho with the put down: "I am not interested in Mourinho. I am only interested in preparing my team well to play against Inter. Only this."
"If Ancelotti said the whole of Italy is against me, maybe because he knows, or because someone told you that, or perhaps because he is part of a clan."
Mourinho is referring to a clan of Italian managers who seem to have banded together in a common grudge against the abrasive and successful Portugese who shut the door to their title aspirations. Apart from Ancelotti, the others include Luciano Spaletti who left Roma and Claudio Rainieri now at Roma after leaving Juventus.