Two days after Inter Milan won the Italian Serie A title, AS Roma already made a statement for next season by signing Jose Mourinho, who won a historic treble with Inter Milan in 2010.
The “Special One” is definitely going to shake things up, but that’s not necessarily good; with Tottenham, it didn’t work.
Road to Rome
No one can deny that Jose Mourinho is a winner. He won the Champions League with Porto and Inter Milan, La Liga with Real Madrid, the English Premier League with Chelsea, and the UEFA Europa League with Manchester United, but he hasn’t been special enough lately.
He was fired by Tottenham after failing catastrophically in the English Premier League and the UEFA Europa League despite having one of the best rosters in “Spurs” history. Between 2002 and 2013 he led his teams into winning 70%+ of their matches, something that hasn’t happened since them.
AS Roma will finish the season out of the Italian Serie A top five, something Mourinho will have to fix, and to avoid international embarrassment against powerhouses such as Manchester United, who defeated them 6-2 in the first leg of the UEFA Europa League Semifinals.
“A great champion who has won trophies at every level, Jose will provide tremendous leadership and experience to our ambitious project. The appointment of Jose is a huge step in building a long-term and consistent winning culture throughout the club,” said president Dan Friedkin.
Mou is ready to work, but he’ll take over once the season is over. Paulo Fonseca will continue on the bench until then.
“After meetings with the ownership, I immediately understood their ambitions for Roma. Together we want to build a winning project.
“The incredible passion of the fans convinced me to accept the job. I can’t wait to start next season. Daje Roma!”
💬 – 𝑱𝒐𝒔𝒆́ 𝑴𝒐𝒖𝒓𝒊𝒏𝒉𝒐
— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) May 4, 2021
Mediatic and Economic Impact
Jose Mourinho is not only a winner, he’s also a motivator, but sometimes his methods end up being controversial, which for better or for worse draws the spotlight on the team he’s coaching.
AS Roma hasn’t won the Italian Serie A title since the 2000-01 season, and their best UEFA Champions League result was to reach the Semifinals in 2017-18. Also, the team hasn’t been the same since Francesco Totti retired in 2017.
Some consider Atalanta and Napoli more important and competitive; unimaginable a few years ago.
Lack of leadership, less impact signings, and Juventus reign are some of the reasons why AS Roma hasn’t been what they used to, but they hope to change all that with Mourinho on board, and it already started to take effect:
Mourinho vs. Conte 👀
Serie A is going to be fiery next season 🔥 pic.twitter.com/MmpdkUZ1Rs
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) May 4, 2021
With Mourinho, AS Roma will become a more attractive sports betting option, even more because during his first season they’ll only play domestically, but dethroning Inter Milan isn’t going to be easy.