Mourinho and Sarri Trade Friendly Barbs Post Derby Draw

José Mourinho and Maurizio Sarri were both reasonably content with equalizing in the Derby. They had exchanged words before the encounter, but things were a lot more amicable on the pitch. The Special One commented on the opposing coach to DAZN (via Tuttomercatoweb).

“He’s always very pleasant with me. We met before the game and joked about our comments in previous days. We love each other and were laughing after the game because neither of us will be happy or sad in the next two weeks.”

Sarri had some remarks in the same vein for Mourinho (via Ansa).

“I told him he was a true pain in the neck, and he replied I was too. But we’re fond of each other deep down. I like him as a person, as he’s high-level, while the character a little less.”

Mourinho and Sarri had verbally quarreled about which team arrived at the Derby with the worst toll following the continental fixtures. Lazio had more rest, as they faced Feyenoord on Tuesday, while Roma played two days later against Slavia Prague but faced less pressure considering they were in a good spot in the group standing. They had a very lackadaisical performance, perhaps with the showdown in mind.

The Biancocelesti tactician had dubbed Roam’s fixture ’a friendly,’ and the Special One answered back. The latter was spicy toward their crosstown rivals on Sunday, blatantly calling Pedro ’a diver.’

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