Jose Mourinho has been accused of losing his spark in recent seasons.
The Portuguese tactician became known for his ability to lead teams to the title – more often than not during his second season in charge – but after failing to secure Premier League glory with either Manchester United or Tottenham, he is still the manager we used to know and love?
Even a 10-0 victory could not keep Jose Mourinho happy / Fabio Rossi / Getty Images
His appointment as Roma boss earlier this summer was met with laughter from Tottenham fans who had grown tired of his pragmatic style of play during his time in north London, so he would need a good start in life at I Giallorossi if he were to prove to his fans. he still has the magic touch.
It is fair to say that he could not have asked for a much better start.
Mourinho named his first Roma start XI on Thursday night when his side met Serie D outfit Montecatini in Trigoria.
Apparently Roma were huge favorites even though they were without their squad competing in Euro 2020 and the new signing Rui Patricio, but no one expected the goal party to follow, with Mourinho’s men losing ten goals without a reply. TEN.
Carles Perez opened the scoring with just nine minutes on the clock and the early strike saw the river gates open, with Gianluca Mancinci, Borja Mayoral, Riccardo Calafiori and an own goal from Montecatini goalkeeper Leonardo Santi giving Roma 5-0 in the first half.
Mourinho called in the changes at half-time when he made nine substitutes, but that did not bother Giallorossi a bit.
Mayoral was one of only two players to keep his place in the side during the second half and he doubled his account for the match with a nice finish in the bottom corner ten minutes after the break.
Clearly tired at this point, the Montecatini defense went into a self-destructive position – as if they were not already there – hacked down Bryan Reynolds in the area and allowed Nicolo Zaniolo to make it 7-0 to Roma.
Nicola Zalewski scored the best goal of the game with a beautifully curled right-footed effort in the bottom corner, before Amadou Diawara got himself on the scoring side and Mayoral took Roma’s speech in double figures when he then finished his Hattrick.
The win marked Rome’s biggest victory since their 16-0 trashing of Pinzolo back in July 2016. What about negative tactics now?