Jose Mourinho: Potential at AS Roma
Following his unceremonious departure from Tottenham Hotspur, the spotlight on Jose Mourinho seemed to fade away as many began to doubt the Portuguese’s calibre as a ‘top-level’ manager. At Spurs, Mourinho registered a healthy start to the 2020/21 campaign, only to eventually lose the dressing room and fail to recoup from a poor run of form across all competitions.
Although inevitable, to the surprise of many, the ‘Special one’ was sacked days before a significant Carabao Cup final against Manchester City. The Lilywhites lost the final and subsequently struggled to replace Mourinho throughout the summer, arguably, settling for his apprentice in Nuno Espirito Santo.
Now, for all the cacophony surrounding Mourinho’s departure and his spirited appointment at AS Roma earlier this summer, the club handsomely sits in the top-four, having lost their last but won three games on the bounce and scored the joint-second highest (11) amount of goals scored in the Serie A, this season. The Portuguese does not boast an envious managerial record in recent seasons, leading many to deplore his ‘crumbling career’ and regard him as a ‘finished manager’.
However, despite all the reasoning, Mourinho remains the only manager in Italy to have won the treble with Inter Milan in 2009/10. Further, at Roma, the Portuguese has the opportunity to turn the tide against a fading reputation. With several talented players within his ranks and the experience of having successfully managed within Italy, Mourinho could be the answer to Roma’s ambitions, potentially triggering a new wave of optimism and long-term success at the club in the near future.
With Jose Mourinho on the touchline, one can never dismiss a shift in mentality and domination on the pitch. The Portuguese prides himself on silencing critics and emerging victorious in the most unfavourable environments. At Roma, the ‘Special one’ has the opportunity to revive a club proud of its heritage and achievements in Italy and guide them back to the top following static progress in recent seasons.
In his previous stint within Serie A, Mourinho riveted against the odds to secure a historic treble for Inter Milan. At the time, the Portuguese’s game-management and pragmatic approach produced the desire results on the pitch. However, a decade down the line, Mourinho’s footballing philosophy has, arguably, been the decisive factor in his fall from grace as an elite coach.
However, for his losses in adopting a rigid approach, the Portuguese maestro makes up for it in his winning mentality and demand on the pitch. Mourinho still possesses the appetite and desire to win trophies and fight against the odds as manager. The Portuguese remains a motivational manager, and in a squad previously lacking authoritative managers, Mourinho serves as a vindictive figure in the dressing room.
A Promising Squad
For all of their inconsistencies in recent seasons, Roma still boasts an exciting squad capable of mounting a challenge within the domestic circuit. Considering his long-standing defensive approach to games throughout his managerial career, the Italian league and Roma serve as perfect establishments for Mourinho’s tactics and ability to churn out results during the campaign.
With envious versatility amongst the ranks and newer recruits already shining at the club, Mourinho has an exciting blend of talent and experience at his disposal. In Tammy Abraham, the club have a long-term striker capable of producing consistent performances on the pitch. Additionally, in the centre-back pairing of Gianluca Mancini and Roger Ibanez, the manager has two physically imposing defenders suitable to his liking, while the likes of Lorenzo Pelligrini and Nicolo Zaniola, among others, add to his creative and counter-attacking options upfront.
Further, despite his recent spell of poor records as manager, the Portuguese is still capable of winning and producing remarkable results on the pitch. Though having failed in the Premier League, Mourinho’s approach still holds its guard in Italy, thus, providing a favourable platform for his managerial reputation.
Nevertheless, for all the anticipation, the ‘Special One’ will be rightfully judged on outcomes and achievements on the pitch. Mourinho has successfully challenged the odds throughout his managerial career, however, with the tide of a revolutionizing footballing world against his modus operandi, it remains to be seen if the ‘Special One’ can, once again, silence his critics and restore his glistening reputation as an elite manager.