These are potentially decisive days for under-pressure Roma manager Jose Mourinho after yet another disappointment in the Coppa Italia. Held scoreless in a fourth consecutive Derby della Capitale, Giallorossi lost 1-0 to arch-rivals Lazio on Wednesday.
With top-four hopefuls Milan waiting in the wings, Mourinho could be staring down the pivotal moment of his time at the Stadio Olimpico. Faced with increased scrutiny after Roma fell to eighth in the Serie A table, four points adrift of fourth-placed Fiorentina, the Special One is walking a tightrope.
However, there’s never been a shortage of confidence when it comes to Mourinho. Though another underwhelming result at the San Siro could be his final act as a Roma manager, the former Inter boss held his head high during the pre-game conference. Staring at the face of adversity, he named himself a perfect example of professionalism.
“I do not accept in any way that my professionalism and dignity, my heart for this job, can be questioned. If there is a perfect example of professionalism, it is me. I have never missed one match in over 20 years of my career,” the Roma coach said, as quoted by TMW.
Mourinho won’t be in the dugout when Roma take on Milan on Sunday. He was sent off during last weekend’s 1-1 home draw against Atalanta after having another touchline tantrum, resulting in his second expulsion in 2023/24.
His absence won’t be an excuse shall Roma leave Lombardy empty-handed. Mourinho’s contract runs out in the summer, but he might not last that long unless he manages to turn Giallorossi’s fortunes around soon.
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