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Inter Milan boss Jose Mourinho ready for Barcelona test

Jose Mourinho
Mourinho's side have won five successive Champions League games

Inter Milan boss Jose Mourinho plans to spring a few surprises on Barcelona after guiding his side to their first Champions League semi-final since 2003.

The teams have already met in this season's competition with Barca drawing 0-0 in Italy and winning 2-0 at home.

But Mourinho has promised a "completely different" display in the last four.

"Rest assured we'll play another game," he said. "This is a mentally different team with confidence and ability. Inter has entered a new dimension."

Wesley Sneijder's early goal earned Inter a 1-0 win at CSKA Moscow to complete a 2-0 aggregate quarter-final triumph and set up a last four tie against Barcelona.

The reigning European champions demolished Arsenal 4-1 at the Nou Camp, with Lionel Messi scoring all four goals, as they eased through 6-3 on aggregate.


The Spaniards will be overwhelming favourites to reach their third final in five years, but Mourinho, who is the first manager to lead three different clubs (Porto, Chelsea and Inter) to the Champions League semi-finals, remains unfazed.

"They will have the advantage of playing the return at the Nou Camp, but we will know how to treat the two matches," he said.

"It's five consecutive victories in the Champions League now; we are deservedly and comfortably through to the semi-finals.

"We can talk of a total change in Inter's history in the Champions League.

"Whatever happens in the semi-final or the final, Inter will be full of confidence going into next season's Champions League.

"If we don't win it this year, Inter will win it in the next few years."

The Italians have been European champions twice, winning successive titles in 1964 and 1965.

They were denied a third victory in four years when they were beaten 2-1 by Celtic in 1967 and they last reached the final in 1972, losing 2-0 to Ajax.

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see also
CSKA Moscow 0-1 Inter (agg 0-2)
06 Apr 10 |  Europe
Barcelona 4-1 Arsenal (agg 6-3)
06 Apr 10 |  Europe
Inter Milan 1-0 CSKA Moscow
31 Mar 10 |  Europe
Arsenal 2-2 Barcelona
31 Mar 10 |  Europe
Mourinho fed up with Italian game
30 Mar 10 |  Europe

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