Claudio Ranieri discusses friendship with Jose Mourinho, his impact on Roma

Andy Mattioli

Former Roma manager Claudio Ranieri spoke about his friendship with Jose Mourinho and the Special One’s time at the capital club ahead of tomorrow night’s Inter showdown at San Siro stadium.

When asked about the several lively exchanges with Mourinho in the past, especially in 2010 when both managers competed for the Scudetto, Ranieri remarked, “He’s now a great friend of mine.”

“I will never forget when Leicester fired me, he went to a press conference with the initials CR stamped on his jacket. He told the reporters that I had written the greatest story of all time.”

“Now, as Roma manager, I perceive Mourinho as more introspective and aware of his surroundings and circumstances.”

“He’s perfectly compatible with the Friedkin’s project. He plays to win, his career is filled with extraordinary successes, and yet he knows that at this stage Roma are still a work in progress and there will be obstacles along the way.”

“Mourinho is an incredible motivator, impossible to mimic and duplicate.”

“Roma needed Mourinho, and Mourinho needed Roma, he needed a fanbase that got fully behind him without any reservations.”

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