Giant on the move
from Reuters Soccer Blog:
If Inter Milan were intending their trip to Beijing for last week's Italian Super Cup to be a China charm offensive, coach Jose Mourinho was obviously not kept in the loop.
The accepted form for European club officials on pre-season trips to China is to politely praise everything local and talk up the footballing potential of the world's most populous nation.
After Saturday's 2-1 defeat to Lazio in the traditional Italian season curtain-raiser between the Serie A champions and Cup winners, Mourinho departed from the script.
The post-match news conference got off to a bad start when the local interpreter expressed his delight at Lazio's victory and invited Chinese media to ask Mourinho difficult questions.