Despite a poor start to the season, Jose Mourinho’s time in the Italian capital has had a positive impact on the team’s fitness levels.
Although it is true, as Mourinho also underlined yesterday in his pre-match press conference, that all teams deal with injuries and fatigue, and those whose teams have less quality suffer more than others, but it is equally true that the Special One’s presence, combined with that of a staff of the highest level, has drastically reduced the occurance of physical problems at Roma.
According to a study by Noisefeed, the most important database of injuries in football in Europe, the teams with the most serious physical problems, i.e. more than 60 days out, are Atalanta and Cagliari, while Roma has none. The 12 injuries Roma have suffered have mainly affected players with an important injury record such as Dybala, Sanches, Smalling, Aouar and Llorente.
During his first two years in Rome, Mourinho was able to reduce the number of injuries by 45% – claims Corriere dello Sport – helping the team survive a grueling schedule with an average of 50 games played each season.