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Mourinho: Inter can get the result they need
José Mourinho has no doubts. The Inter coach believes his team can get the result they need at Old Trafford on Wednesday to qualify for the last eight of the Champions League.

"I want to transmit to my team the pleasure of playing this match, of knocking out world champions Manchester United," said Mourinho during the pre-match press conference.

"In this period I have read many times in Italy about the drama of an Inter that is approaching this clash. No, this won't be what I will transmit to my players, but I will certainly tell them that they must have the pleasure of playing this kind of match, and that the only opponent that Inter will have to beat will be the quality of Manchester United.

"We know we will go on to the pitch in a very heated atmosphere, and that it will be a difficult match, but we won't be playing against the atmosphere or against Inter's negative tradition in the Champions League. No. Our only opponent will be the quality of Manchester United, a quality that we can beat with our quality."

José Mourinho, peppered with questions from the English and Italian press, admitted. "Probably they thought they could get a better result, because 0-0 away from home is not a very good result. It is a result which leaves lots of question marks. We were disappointed as well as a draw at home is never a good result. It was a game of frustration for both sides, but the result makes it a very balanced match tomorrow night.

"I once qualified with a 0-0 draw at home, and on another occasion, with a 0-0 draw at home, I was knocked out. It will be a match that can be decided by a detail, one of those that maybe today you can't even imagine."

The Inter coach is no stranger to Old Trafford and has almost always come away with a positive result. "I came here for the first time in 2004 and it really was all new for me. It's not now. Now I know every detail, it's like being at home. A few minutes ago I met the groundsman and we started chatting. He asked me if I could get the team to train on the part of the pitch that is still in the sunlight...

"A lot of things have changed for me since 2004, but my way of seeing football and my passion for this sport hasn't changed, and this is why I will tell my players 'you have the pleasure of playing such an important and nice match'.

"It will be a match for who can handle the pressure well, because there will be a lot of pressure. I hope it's a very entertaining match for you."

Mourinho refuted press rumours that he wants to step into Sir Alex Ferguson's shoes after the United manager's retirement. He said: "Me a replacement for Alex Ferguson? Maybe in twenty years... are twenty too many? No, it's absolutely not true. He's tough, he's strong, he's happy, he loves it, he wins. So I think he's got twenty more years. I hope. It's good for me to read certain things in the English newspapers, they compensate the Italian ones who have made me live a week of passion..."

The Inter coach refused to reveal his team to face the Red Devils, but did say that Walter Samuel is fit to play from the start. "You can see it with your own eyes," said José, "training will be open for its entire duration. Come and decide for yourselves."
 
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