Roma beat Lazio 3-0 in Sunday’s Rome derby and Jose Mourinho managed to rub salt in the wound by delivering a brutally smug message to their bitter rivals
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The Portugal coach has always been a coach for the big occasions and his side defeated Roma rivals Lazio 3-0 at the Stadio Olimpico. Tammy Abraham scored a brace in the derby win and Lorenzo Pellegrini added the third when the game was over at half-time.
To make matters worse for Lazio, Roma moved ahead of them after their 3-0 Serie A win as the race for European football next season intensifies. And to add salt to the wound, Mourinho sent a smug message to her bitter rivals.
Mourinho may have lost his first derby in Rome earlier this season, 3-2, but the Portuguese manager was clearly incredibly confident of beating Lazio this time around. Forever humbled in victory, Mourinho supposed Instagram to celebrate their success and posted two almost identical selfies.
Both images contained the same smug smile, although there was one notable difference in both snaps. One was taken to the team bus before the game and one was taken away after the final whistle as Roma went on a rampage.
That’s because Mourinho seemed so confident going into the game that he knew his side would win even before a ball was kicked. Along with Mourinho’s cheeky selfies, the caption read: “If you know before the game you win, the bus pic and the dressing room pic are very similar.”
He then added a flurry of yellow and red hearts to match Roma’s colors and rubbed salt deep into city rivals Lazio’s azure-blue wounds. His confidence could come as a shock after Mourinho appeared unhappy midweek when he complained about a lack of preparation.
But as we know from Mourinho, he never shies away from playing mind games ahead of crucial games and his tactics appear to have worked again. Roma faced Vitesse in the Europe Conference League on Thursday and got through thanks to a late goal from Abraham who couldn’t stop shooting.
And Mourinho put all the pressure on Lazio He said that Maurizio Sarri’s side were “smoking” with their manager. because they had all week to prepare for the derby on Sunday. But Roma blew away Lazio despite 72 hours between games.
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The Serie A title is already out of reach for Mourinho this season as the Portuguese boss seeks success in Italy after previously impressing with Inter Milan. And it’s Inter who are battling for the title with leaders AC Milan and Napoli.
Roma are currently in sixth place and they are behind juventus by eight points, with the Old Lady taking the final Champions League Location. With just eight games left, Mourinho could turn his attention and prioritize the UEFA Conference League.
If you win the third-tier European competition, you automatically enter next season’s Europa League and Roma are now the favorites to win the trophy leicester and French giant Marseille.
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