x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Mourinho wants home comfort

Jose Mourinho's Inter Milan take on the surprise Group B joint-leaders Anorthosis Famagusta tonight coming off their most impressive display of the season.

MILAN // Jose Mourinho's Inter Milan take on the surprise Group B joint-leaders Anorthosis Famagusta tonight coming off their most impressive display of the season. The defending Italian champions gave last season's Serie A runners-up Roma a 4-0 beating on Sunday night. "It was the best Inter since I've been here," Mourinho said. Inter president Massimo Moratti added: "We all know how football works. One day you're up with the stars and the next day criticism rains down. Let's keep our feet on the ground." Anorthosis, the first side from Cyprus in Europe's top competition, have proved they are no pushovers. After drawing 0-0 with Werder Bremen, they beat Panathinaikos 3-1 and are level with Inter on four points.

They dropped their first points in the Cypriot championship in a 0-0 draw with lowly Paphos over the weekend. Manager Temuri Ketsbaia lambasted his players for their "mediocrity" saying his team got what it deserved, and any distraction for the Inter game was no excuse. "This match is over and now our attention turns to the match with Inter. I hope that we are ready so we can hope for something positive against a great team," Ketsbaia said.

Mourinho has lamented poor fan turnouts at the 80,000-seater San Siro and Inter have posted an appeal from the coach on their website for supporters to come to the stadium. So far, only about 30,000 tickets have been sold. * With agencies