Opinion

Could Mourinho Actually Leave Roma This Summer?

AS Roma's Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho looks on prior to the UEFA Europa League semi-final first leg football match between AS Roma and Bayer Leverkusen at the Olympic Stadium in Rome on May 11, 2023. (Photo by Alberto PIZZOLI / AFP) (Photo by ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP via Getty Images)
RomaPress Staff
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Nearly two years after officially being appointed the manager of AS Roma, Jose Mourinho’s future at the club is a question mark.

In the twenty-four months since his arrival, the Special One has been nothing short of a success in the Italian capital, quickly becoming a beloved figure of fans. He guided the team to their first European trophy by winning the UEFA Conference League title over Feyenoord and instilled a new sense of discipline within the squad.

As for this season, the team is currently averaging 1.69 points per game, scoring an average of 1.38 goals per game, and conceding an average of 0.94. The team currently sits seventh in Serie A but they’re only five points behind fourth placed Inter.

So with his club future up in the air, let’s explore if Jose Mourinho will be on the bench next season at AS Roma.

Will Mourinho leave Roma at the end of the season?

The Special One’s future is surrounded in mystery. Speculation regarding a summer departure has increased in recent months, but if Mourinho can lead Roma to a European final for the second season in a row, the pressure will be on the club to do all they can to keep him in the Italian capital.

Despite sitting seventh in the league, Roma are five points outside the fourth and final Champions League place and still mathematically have a chance to leapfrog the likes of Atalanta, Milan, and Inter. However, nearly every Roma supporter has their attention fixated on the team’s quest to qualify for the Europa League final.

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Roma took the first leg of their Europa League semi-final, winning 1-0 over Bayer Leverkusen at the Stadio Olimpico.

Edoardo Bove’s second half goal proved enough to give Jose Mourinho’s men a slight advantage before next week’s return leg in Germany.

However, the team must first turn their attention to Bologna, who they face in league play on Sunday. Although still technically in the race for top four, Mourinho is expected to rest as many players as possible before Thursday.

There’s still plenty of points up for grabs but given how close the Giallorossi are to potentially reaching the Europa League final, there’s little reason to take any risks in the final few rounds in Serie A.

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Can Roma win the Europa League?

Only ninety minutes separate the Giallorossi from the Europa League final, but they’ll be tasked with preserving their slight one goal advantage when they face Bayer in the return leg.

Should they oust the German side next week they’ll face the winner of Sevilla-Juventus, the current favorites to win the Europa League competition.

The Bianconeri scored a last second goal to earn a 1-1 draw in Spain on Thursday and they’ll definitely like their odds to win the second leg in Turin.

A closer look at the odds

Let’s take a closer look at the latest average Europa League outright winner odds.

  • Juventus – odds-on favourites are currently priced at around 19/10, which gives them a 34.50% implied probability rate. 19/10 is the fractional odds format. In decimal odds, it’s equal to 2.90, and in Moneyline/American odds, it’s 190
  • Roma – currently priced at 11/4 (3.75, or 275), with a 26.70% implied probability rate
  • Bayer Leverkusen – also currently priced at 11/4 (3.75, or 275), with a 26.70% implied probability rate
  • Sevilla – currently priced at 15/4 (4.75, or 375) with a 21.10% implied probability rate

Although these odds are accurate at the time of writing, anything can happen in football, which means these odds are subject to change at any time. Also, the odds in no way guarantee that Juventus will win the Europa League outright.

Given what is happening at Roma and indeed the rest of Italian football, will Mourinho leave? History says it’s possible, but as we know: anything is possible in football.

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