Inter Milan celebrated their fourth straight Serie A title in style as they cruised to an easy 3-0 win over Siena at the San Siro. The scudetto crown, won in coach Jose Mourinho's first season in charge of the nerazzurri, was wrapped up on Saturday when AC Milan lost 2-1 at Udinese, but that did not dampen the party atmosphere in the San Siro.
Inter began by playing champagne football with tricks and flicks the order of the day until the side started to knuckle down and play the type of game that has brought them success this season. They opened the scoring with their first real chance on 44 minutes after Siena goalkeeper Gianluca Curci beat out Mario Balotelli's free-kick and Dejan Stankovic's reaction, but he could do nothing about Esteban Cambiasso's second follow-up.
It was a fitting goal for Inter's defensive midfield lynchpin who has been a vital cog this season. Just seven minutes after the break the game was over as a meaningful contest as Balotelli beat the offside trap, rounded Curci and rolled the ball into the net with the outside of his boot.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic added the third with his 22nd league goal of his most prolific of five seasons in Italy, shooting through Curci's legs on 76 minutes. That even allowed Mourinho to give reserve goalkeeper Paolo Orlandoni a run out before the party began.
"It was important to win. There wouldn't have been much point to our party if we hadn't won," said Mourinho.
"This was a serious match, we weren't kidding around. Our strength is that we always play very seriously. Even today I got angry."
Ranieri under fire
Meanwhile, under-fire Juventus coach Claudio Ranieri's job slipped further from his grasp after a 2-2 home draw against Atalanta to take their winless streak to seven matches. Fiorentina's 1-0 home win over Sampdoria was their sixth win in seven matches and during that period they have made up 12 points on Juve. However, the former Chelsea and Valencia manager remains hopeful he will be given a stay of execution, even beyond the end of the season.
"We still have two more matches and six points to play for," he said. "They will be difficult games as we're playing inconsistently.
"We have to still believe that we can finish third, but Fiorentina are also improving," Ranieri said. "We have to do our best in the next two matches and we'll see what happens."