Italian press hammer Jose Mourinho as Man Utd, Tottenham issues repeat

Date published: Thursday 21st October 2021 9:47 - Rob McCarthy

Roma manager Jose Mourinho 2021

The Italian media hammered Jose Mourinho after AS Roma’s 1-0 Serie A defeat at Juventus on Sunday.

Mourinho is receiving criticism for Roma’s results in the big games this season, with journalist Paolo Bargiggia labelling him ‘less and less special’. They are very familiar issues that the Portuguese had during his time in charge at United and Spurs.

The former Chelsea boss was shown the door at Old Trafford in 2018, while Tottenham decided to part company with him earlier this year.

Mourinho was not out of work for long, however, after moving to Rome in the summer. It was his first time back in Italy since his successful spell with Inter Milan 11 years ago.

The often controversial boss has so far guided Roma to fourth in Serie A. They have won five of their opening eight games in the process.

However, narrow defeats against Juventus and city rivals Lazio have prompted plenty of criticism.

Bargiggia has slammed Mourinho for leading Roma to defeat in important matches after his previous struggles in similar scenarios at United and Tottenham.

He said: “Mou [Jose Mourinho] is less and less special and more a normal one.

“The former hero of Inter’s Triplete has been unable to make a difference for a few years now.

“After the evident difficulties in his experiences with Manchester United and Tottenham, Mourinho has not been able to change the trend that sees the Giallorossi defeated in the matches that count and against the strongest opponents.”


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Jose more normal than special now

Bargiggia claims the money Mourinho spent over the summer makes the performances even worse.

“The tough defeat against Lazio in the derby and the 1-0 defeat in Turin yesterday confirm the bad habit of the Capitolini in big matches,” Bargiggia explained.

“But Mourinho’s lack of impact on the Giallorossi is even more serious if you think of the money Roma have spent in the transfer market.

“Mourinho’s Roma were the leading Italian club in terms of expenditure in the summer, and the fifth in Europe. A purchase campaign that requires other results.”

Bargiggia’s scathing criticism does appear a little harsh, given Roma’s decent start to the campaign.

He also inherited a team that finished seventh last season. To that end, getting them back in the Champions League is his main target.

Mourinho’s men will get a chance to bounce back against FK Bodo/Glimt in the UEFA Europa Conference League on Thursday.

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