I.it’s just preseason but Jose Mourinho has brought a fiery side to Rome. The Giallorossi Serie A season begins at home for Fiorentina on August 22, and they could be a team to watch out for in 2021/22.
After a disappointing season under Paulo fonseca who only saw them qualify for European football through the new Europa Conference League, Mourinho he has a lot of work on his hands.
Showing early fight
The Portuguese demands a lot from his players, and Ebrima Darboe saw that earlier this summer. After missing a pass in a preseason friendly, the 20-year-old Gambian was told to “wake up, for the love of God” from a furious Mourinho on the bench.
Videos of his outburst were shared across Italy, but that was just the beginning of the fieryness seen this summer.
Having in Shipping costs, a robust challenge of Pepe provoked an aggressive reaction from Henrikh Mkhitaryan which then led to a great union between both sides that is rarely seen in the summer.
But Mourinho’s Roma looks different to most sides, at least in temperament. In his defeat against LaLiga Santander Real Betis, Roma ended the match with eight players on the pitch and Mourinho himself was also expelled.
With half an hour to play Alex Moreno he scored to put Betis 3-2 ahead and Mourinho lost his cool. Furious that the goal was kept, the coach entered the field to face the referee and was quickly fired.
Then the heads of Rome went. Within 10 minutes of Mourinho’s departure, both had Lorenzo Pellegrini and Gianluca Mancini ejected, and after another 10 minutes had passed, Rick Karsdorp also received his marching orders. With eight players, they conceded two more times to lose 5-2.
Work to do
While showing a fight is undeniably positive, Mourinho will have to calm down before August 22. Serie A will be an interesting league next season with all the coaching changes at the top, just AC Milan and Atalanta They have stayed with their coaches since last season, and there may well be a surprising winner.
With a good start and frustration channeled into the performances, Roma and Mourinho could have an outside opportunity for a surprise push from the Scudetto.