Mourinho : "I’d just prefer it if ‘Pippo’ didn’t play"


Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho hugs AC Milan forward Filippo Inzaghi after the Champions League between AC Milan and Real Madrid at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy.

Fillipo Inzaghi, the man they call Pippo, scored two goals for Milan yesterday against Real Madrid . It was his 69th and 70th goal in European club competitions, the most by any player. He certainly knows where the back of the net is. Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho said before the match at Bernabeu between Madrid and Milan :

“I don’t know if (Massimiliano) Allegri will play five or six strikers it’s not my choice, He can play with 10 if he wants, but if he plays Inzaghi it will be tougher. You have to respect all these players, they can make a difference. I’d just prefer it if ‘Pippo’ didn’t play.”

You don’t see the Special One scared of a player so much. And why wouldn’t he be ? Inzaghi has an impressive scoring record in the Champions League scoring 46 goals in 83 matches with a goal ratio of 0.55. Not to forget he is 37 years old.

Pippo (2 times Champions League winner) has another European record under his belt. He was the first player to score two Champions League hat tricks (both with Juventus) against Hamburg and Dynamo Kiev. Later, he scored one for Milan as well against Deportivo in season 2002-03.

Inzaghi is famous for playing off the shoulders of the last defender which lead Sir Alex Ferguson to say,

“The lad must have been born offside.”

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