Jose Mourinho experienced his first Milan derby and his first defeat as coach of Internazionale on Sunday night, going down to Carlo Ancelotti’s Milan.
Ronaldinho picked a perfect moment to score his first goal for the Rossoneri in the 36th minute and Inter’s woes were compounded on 77 minutes when defender Nicolas Burdisso was sent off. Marco Materazzi was also sent to the stands from the Inter bench after protesting in a fiery end to the match at the San Siro.
Mourinho said Inter had deserved at least a point.
“Milan scored a goal and we did not, this is the story of the game,” he said. “[But] they had two other shots on goal, one from Ronaldinho in the first half and one from [Andriy] Shevchenko at the end of the game, while we had more [than that] even when we were playing with 10 men. I don’t think either team was better than the other on the night.
“Milan have three points but they are behind us in the table. It was a good derby, it ended 1-0 for them, but 1-1 was the more fair result in my opinion. We lost a game but nothing more than that,” he added.
Mourinho declined to comment on the performance of the referee, Emidio Morganti. “
I don’t speak about the referee because I want to sit on the bench for the next game,” he said. “Burdisso did not deserve any of the two bookings and Materazzi’s sending-off from the bench is like a movie I have already seen.”
Ronaldinho, who has hardly set the San Siro alight since his summer move from Barcelona to Milan, dedicated his goal to the Rossoneri supporters.
“This goal is for all the Milan fans,” Ronaldinho said. “Every day I feel more at home here. I’m here to give joy to all Milan people and I also know that tomorrow [Monday] is president [Silvio] Berlusconi’s birthday and this goal is also for him.”