Mourinho does not change his habits.. Roma’s performance declined, so he directed his arrows towards his players, referees and transfers

The honeymoon between Jose Mourinho and Roma ended after a shock 3-2 loss to Venezia in the Italian league on Sunday, sending the capital club into a crisis, and the Portuguese coach repeated familiar complaints.

Mourinho enjoyed a strong start in Rome by winning 6 consecutive matches in all competitions, but since the decline in performance, the 58-year-old coach has criticized his players, Roma transfers and the referees.

After the defeat on Sunday, he said that this is not “the year of big dreams”, complaining of the lack of balance in his squad, and added, “When you lose a player to injury or suspension, you must invent something.”

The lack of depth in the squad is already a familiar complaint, but there are few excuses for this result.

Venezia was promoted to the second division, and is currently struggling to survive, and entered the match with the worst attack.

Roma became the first to conceded 3 goals from coach Paolo Zanetti’s team this season, and achieved that after advancing 2-1 between the two halves.

With this result, Roma fell to sixth place after achieving one win in the last 7 matches in all competitions, and collecting 4 points from the last 5 league matches.

The Italian newspaper, Gazzetta dello Sport, described what is happening in Rome as a “free fall”.

And she indicated in her report that the average points and goals of Roma decreased from 3 points and 3.1 goals in the first 6 games to 0.8 points and 1.3 goals in the last 6 games, and the average goals conceded in the match increased from 0.4 to 2.3 goals in this period. .

Mourinho’s complaints

And Venezia’s shock defeat is not the only source of embarrassment for Mourinho. Last month, a substitute squad for Roma lost 6-1 to Bodo Glimt in the European Conference League.

“If I could choose the same players every game, I would do it, but it’s a risk,” Mourinho said after this match in Norway. “There is a difference in quality between one group of players and another.”

Mourinho then removed 5 key players in Norway, Brian Reynolds, Marach Kumbola, Amadou Diawara, Gonzalo Biar and Borja Mayoral, from the squad that drew without goals with Napoli, and put 5 young players in their place.

Mourinho was sent off in this match for objecting to the referee, and then tried to control his tongue, although he showed his anger at the referee during the 2-1 defeat by Milan and Venezia.

He also criticized the club’s transfers in the summer, noting that “the squad is not better than last year”, despite the fact that the net spending on deals amounted to about 100 million euros (115.54 million dollars), which is the highest in Italy.

Familiar story

Similarities can be seen between Mourinho’s angry behavior in Rome and his previous experiences at Manchester United and Tottenham.

At the London club, he faced severe criticism for his dealings with Dele Alli, who was regularly left out of the squad and participated only twice in the league last season before Mourinho was sacked last April.

The Portuguese coach also said in February 2021 that what Gareth Bale had posted on social media that he had gone through a good training session “contradicts reality”.

At Manchester United, Mourinho repeatedly criticized Luke Shaw, and his relationship with Paul Pogba collapsed.

The French player was stripped of the role of deputy captain in September 2018 after he was removed from prominent matches in the previous season, including the defeat against Seville in the Champions League final price.

Mourinho stressed that he has 3 years to make the Roma project a success, but the club’s demanding fan base hopes that the period of stumbling will end quickly and the positive atmosphere will return.

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