Thursday December 23 2010
Mourinho feels under appreciated

Jose Mourinho can't understand why even after everything he won last season, he isn't the first on the list for individual awards.

The Special One felt entitled to think he stood a chance of winning the Ballon d'Or for coaching after he led Inter to a historic treble last season.

However, Spain's Vicente Del Bosque appears to be the frontrunner for the prize in no small part because he won the World Cup in South Africa.

"I did my job," Mourinho told La Gazzetta dello Sport. "Eleven months of work, 57 games, three titles, including the most important - the Champions League.

"I won everything. I can't do any more. It's the same argument for the players."

Asked if he was referring to Sneijder, he said: "If Andres Iniesta [gets it] - who didn't play for the first five months of 2010 because of injury, but then played six games and scored one goal in South Africa - then the rest doesn't count in a World Cup year.

"I can understand the [reasons for a] fight if there is a distribution of trophies, but if someone has won everything… What can I say? I prefer to win Sunday's game than the Ballon d'Or."

Mourinho then turned his attention to Italy, reserving special praise for Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

"I am only sorry that they didn't get to know the real Ibra: the one at Barca wasn't him and I don't know why. But he is a phenomenon! I don't know if you understand: He has won nine League titles in a row in nine seasons with five teams. In-cre-di-ble.

As for Inter, he said: "I hope they get back to being happy and smiling again and can put pressure on Milan.

"Juventus are really growing. Aquilani is doing very well and Krasic is a top player. He is extraordinary. They can win the Scudetto, why not…."

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