Italian media raise questions over José Mourinho’s management of Roma following the Special One’s outburst in the aftermath of a 1-1 draw with Servette in the Europa League.
Roma’s draw in Geneva on Thursday kept them in second place in Group G, two points below Slavia Praha, meaning the Giallorossi could be forced to play in the Europa League knock-out phase against a Champions League club in February.
Mourinho was highly critical of his players’ attitude after the game, saying that some had been ‘superficial’.
Mourinho’s outburst has been analysed by Sky Sport Italia and their correspondent in the capital, Paolo Assogna.
“Mourinho was born with a winning mentality so if in his third season, he cannot transmit his DNA to the team, it’s a problem,” said the journalist on Friday.
“What’s the issue? Is he not able to make himself understand or is it the team that has limits and can’t go beyond a certain level of concentration and attitude?”
Surely, the reply must come quickly because Roma have several key meetings in Serie A over the next few weeks. The Capitoline will meet Fiorentina, Bologna, Napoli and Juventus before the start of the new year, while 2024 will begin with a home fixture against Atalanta and a trip to the Stadio Meazza to face Milan.
“The big question still is why this team can’t improve in terms of mentality?” asked Assogna.
Mourinho’s long-term future at the Stadio Olimpico remains uncertain as the Special One’s contract expires this coming June and there are no reports of contract negotiations with Roma owners as of now.