Inter coach Roberto Mancini has disagreed with club owner Massimo Moratti’s suggestion that his team were too cautious in Sunday’s 2-1 derby defeat by arch-rivals Milan.
Inter could have retained their title with a victory but will now have to pick up three points against Siena on Sunday or at Parma in the final game of the season to be sure of retaining the scudetto.
“We have never played for a draw in the derby or in other games,” Mancini told a news conference.
“I believe when you lose, everyone searches for a guilty party and that usually is the coach. If (Moratti) has seen it that way, he is free to do so, but I don’t agree.”
Former Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho has been linked with the Inter post, with Italian media unsure about Mancini, following his announcement in March – subsequently withdrawn – that he intended to stand down at the end of the season.
“I have a contract with Inter for the next three years, full stop. You are always asking the same question,” Mancini said.