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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Oct 31, 2008

Jose drops tardy Adriano once again

MILAN, Oct 31 (Reuters) - Brazilian striker Adriano has been left out of Inter Milan's squad for a second consecutive Serie A game after angering coach Jose Mourinho with indiscipline.

Adriano will miss Saturday's visit to bottom side Reggina after being dropped for Wednesday's goalless draw with Fiorentina amid media reports that he had been sent home for a late show at training.

"If anyone has devoted themselves to him, not just as a coach but also with the heart of a work mate, I am that person," the former Chelsea and Porto boss told a news conference.

"But we must not forget that there's a group in which there are rules. Naturally Adriano would have been important for tomorrow's match, but there are principles that come first."

The Brazilian had already upset Mourinho with his tactical indiscipline in last weekend's drab 0-0 draw with Genoa while media reports said he then went to a nightclub until very late.

The forward was sent on loan to Sao Paolo by former Inter boss Roberto Mancini last season because of fitness problems and constant newspaper headlines about his private life.

"My philosophy is that the players must know how to adapt to the coach's way of thinking," Mourinho said.

"I don't know if Adriano will understand being on the outside (of the team). The road back is long, but not impossible."

Argentina forward Julio Cruz, who annoyed Mourinho by not doing what he was asked against Genoa, has also been excluded again, although this time because of fitness problems.

Champions Inter, fourth in Serie A with 18 points from nine games, have been inconsistent in Mourinho's first few months in charge.

But the Portuguese said it is too early to compare his work with Mancini's, who was sacked in May after leading Inter to a third consecutive league title.

"If we want to comparisons, let's make them (at the end of season) in May," he said.

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