Opinion

Roma Go Three Without A Win As Mourinho Is Back In The Headlines

SALZBURG, AUSTRIA - FEBRUARY 16: Jose Mourinho, Head Coach of AS Roma, reacts during the UEFA Europa League knockout round play-off leg one match between FC Salzburg and AS Roma at Football Arena Salzburg on February 16, 2023 in Salzburg, Austria. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)
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Former Manchester United and Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has again found himself in a spot of bother following the recent and very fiery clash between AS Roma and Lazio at the weekend.

Travelling to the Stadio Olimpico for Sunday’s latest Serie A clash, the self styled ‘Special One’ was already serving a two match dug out ban following his previous row with the fourth official after Roma’s defeat to Cremonese, and he had been forced to watch the chaos unfold from the team bus.

After fans had suffered the very frantic end to the 90 minutes that eventually saw Roma lose one nil to a second half Mattia Zaccagni goal, following on from the double yellow card booking of Roger Ibanez in the 32nd minute of the first half that had left them playing the vast majority of the game with only ten men – things turned further in stoppage time as tensions truly boiled over and Lazio’s Adam Marusic received his marching orders, with Roma dropping to nine men as Bryan Cristante was also sent from the pitch following a tussle between the two. The likes of 22bet promo code may well give you good odds on further charges following the antics in this game.

That was not the end of the controversy though, as there was even more drama after the full time whistle had been blown. As Mourinho exited the team bus to speak to his players, Lazio’s Alessio Romagnoli was reportedly celebrating outside of the away dressing room which obviously angered the players, and then Mourinho himself when he saw it.

At this point, Lazio President Claudio Lotito is said to have got involved in an effort to defuse the situation, but that move backfired as he then got into a confrontation with Mourinho directly and reportedly said.

“I am the Lazio President. Who are you? This is my home and you shouldn’t even be here.”

Tensions ahead of the hotly contested derby are naturally always high, and Mourinho himself had stoked those emotions ahead of the game, as during his pre match press conference he had hit out at the fixture list, saying.

“Obviously I’m not happy that a lot of my players from tonight have to play again on Sunday while Lazio are at home smoking a cigarette with Mauricio Sarri.”

Despite the success that Mourinho can bring on the pitch, his off pitch notoriety either makes you love him more, or far less as a fan, as he is rarely far away from controversy and the issues that can cause are only heightened during a bad run of form, and Roma are of course, without a win in the last three games and have slipped further away from the top, sitting in fifth place in the table.

The team really need to get back to winning ways when we welcome Sampdoria on April 2nd.

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