Inter Milan's Brazilian forward Adriano showed up late to training and was promptly sent home by a less than impressed Jose Mourinho.
Adriano sent home by Mourinho
MILAN // Inter Milan's Brazilian forward Adriano showed up late to training again today and was promptly sent home by a less than impressed Jose Mourinho. He and fellow forward Julio Cruz have subsequently both been dropped for Inter's game against Fiorentina on Wednesday. Adriano was also late to a training session earlier this month and was dropped to the bench during Inter's 4-0 rout of Roma, but Mourinho refused to spread any more light on Adriano's latest act of indiscipline.
"I talked to the players that I had to talk to, I talked to the team," the Portuguese told a news conference. "Everything is clear, like always. For this reason I talk only about players in the match squad. I'm not commenting on everything else." Adriano had already upset his coach with his tactical indiscipline in Sunday's drab 0-0 draw with Genoa while media reports said he then went to a nightclub until very late. Fellow striker Cruz will also not travel to Florence after he annoyed Mourinho by not doing what he was asked against Genoa. "The relationship between us (me and the squad) doesn't need to be put into question. A relationship does not mean we always have to be kissy kissy," Mourinho added. Young forwards Mario Balotelli and Victor Obinna have been included in the squad despite the former Chelsea coach indirectly criticising them for their displays at the weekend. Adriano has been dogged by discipline problems throughout his career. He was loaned to Brazil's Sao Paulo for six months last season so he could regain his form and fitness, but has shown only glimpses recently of the player who scored 29 goals in 2005 and 2006. The former Parma striker has scored just once in Serie A this season and twice in the Champions League, including the only goal in a 1-0 win over Anorthosis last week.
His goal in a 4-0 win over Venezuela earlier this month was his first for Brazil since the 2006 World Cup. *AP