Praise for Slavia before and after the first match, joy from the trip to Prague and the subsequent defense of the Sešiovans’ qualities. José Mourinho has shown himself to be a great professional so far, winning over the Slavie fans with his statement at Wednesday’s press conference.
What the two matches between Roma and Slavia have in common is that AS had a big league game immediately afterwards. The confrontation in Italy was followed by a clash with Inter Milan, which was especially charged because of the controversial end of Romelu Lukaku in the Milanese team.
Inter, the reigning Serie A leader, won 1-0, but this time AS have a possibly even more important game on their schedule. A city derby with Lazio, who have a tough Champions League battle with Feyenoord Rotterdam on their hands.
“AS Rome has it as a friendly, we had to play for blood, it was like a war. That’s thefundamental difference,” Lazio coach Maurizio Sarri commented on his team’s 1-0 win.
Sarri thus unwittingly refuted his words, which are still remembered by the fans of Slavia. After the Susians went from 1: 4 down to 3: 4 at Stamford Bridge in 2019 and were reaching for promotion, he said he had never seen such intensity and commitment from any team before.
Now he seems to have forgotten the experience of the strength of Slavie. At the same time, after the triumph over Feyenoord, he should have been happy for the three points. His team was no better, after all, Lazio got all seven points after a very lucky end to the game.
“As for Lazio coach Sarri’s statement, he had no words of praise for Slavia. I respect Slavia and I think that is the difference between coaches who win only a few titles and those who win 26,” José Mourinho quipped at the press conference.
Sarri is also lying to himself. Even if Mourinho saves in Prague, the Lazio coach cannot say a word. He himself was very sparing with Lazio in the cups last year, even to the extent that they were relegated from the Europa League group to the Conference.
Of the teams in the Top 5 leagues, the Italians are notorious for skipping away games in the Europa League and Conference because they will still secure promotion. Of course, Mourinho also saves players, but he can find the ideal balance, as demonstrated by, among other things, last year’s promotion to the EL final.
“I have respect for every team and every other coach, so I would leave out the words about friendlies,” Mourinho added.
Source: AS Roma
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