Italian journalist Paolo Bargiggia has let rip at former Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho after Roma’s loss to Juventus, insisting that the Portuguese coach is no longer special.
The Mourinho experiment at Tottenham failed miserably as the former Chelsea boss was sacked in April with the Lilywhites languishing a long way off the top four spots.
Spurs eventually finished in seventh place – the first time the club have finished outside the top six in the Premier League since 2009.
It looked as though Mourinho had got his mojo back after taking over at Roma in the summer, with the Giallorossi sitting at the top of the table after the first few round of fixtures.
However, Roma have struggled for consistency over the last few weeks and they fell to the third loss of the season against Juventus on Monday night after their 3-2 loss in the derby against Lazio earlier this month.
The result means that Mourinho’s men have now dropped to fourth place in the Serie A table, nine points behind league leaders Napoli.
Bargiggia has said that Roma should be doing a lot better considering that they outspent all their rivals over the summer.
The journalist told Area Napoli “Mou is less and less special and more a normal one. The former hero of Inter’s treble has been unable to make a difference for a few years now.
“After the evident difficulties in his experiences with Manchester United and Tottenham, Mourinho has not been able to change the trend that sees the Giallorossi defeated in the matches that count and against the strongest opponents.
“The tough defeat against Lazio in the derby and the 1-0 defeat in Turin yesterday confirm the bad habit of the Capitolini in big matches.
“But Mourinho’s lack of impact on the Giallorossi is even more serious if you think of the money Roma have spent in the transfer market.
“Mourinho’s Roma were the leading Italian club in terms of expenditure in the summer, and the fifth in Europe. A purchase campaign that requires other results.”
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Spurs fans only know too well that Mourinho’s methods, both in terms of tactics and man-management, does not have the same effect these days as it did a decade and a half ago.
However, I still would not put it beyond him to succeed at Roma as he is clearly an experienced and knowledgeable coach.
Despite the Giallorossi’s spending this summer, a top-four finish should be viewed as a relatively successful season for them.
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