Jose Mourinho asks for time as he is unveiled as Roma manager
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Jose Mourinho was sent off to cap a nightmare week for the AS Roma boss as they played out a 0-0 draw with Napoli. Roma were thumped 6-1 by Bodo/Glimt on an embarrassing night in the Europa Conference League on Thursday.
Mourinho came under fire for his side’s pitiful display in Norway in midweek as Roma became the first side ever under Mourinho to concede six goals.
And his fortunes didn’t improve at the weekend, as the former Chelsea and Manchester United boss was given his marching orders in Serie A on Sunday.
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The Portuguese coach was dismissed for two yellow cards in the game’s final quarter of an hour after landing himself in hot water with his complaints on the touchline.
Clearly less than impressed, Mourinho fired back at the referee with an ironic thumbs-up – reacting sarcastically at the decision to send him to the stands for dissent.
Napoli boss Luciano Spalletti was also sent off during the game as tempers flared in the stalemate.
Mourinho now faces a touchline ban as his Roma side failed to close the gap on league leaders Napoli, who remain unbeaten so far this term.
Despite making a promising start to his career in Rome, recent weeks have proved tougher for Mourinho.
Roma’s blank against Napoli means they now sit nine points behind them in fourth spot, with some serious ground to make up if they are to mount a challenge for the Scudetto this term.
But Thursday night’s embarrassment in Norway has been by far the most damaging, with Mourinho scathing in his assessment of his side following the humbling against Bodo/Glimt.
Despite taking responsibility for the result, Mourinho suggested that the minnows had more quality than his team after witnessing one of European football’s biggest ever shocks.
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“I decided to play with this line-up, so the responsibility is mine,” he told Sky Sport Italia on Thursday night after watching his side’s capitulation against the Norwegian outfit.
“I did it with good intentions, to give an opportunity to those who work hard and to rotate the squad on a synthetic pitch in cold weather.
“I never disguised the fact we were a squad with real limitations. We have 13 players who represent one team, the others are on a different level.
“We lost against a team that showed more quality on the night. It’s that simple.”
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