Mourinho Sends Message to Inter Milan After Lukaku Nets First Roma Goal

Mourinho Sends Message to Inter Milan After Lukaku Nets First Roma Goal

Elijah Odetokun
September 18, 2023 at 8:07 AM
  • AS Roma put up a dominant display to beat Empoli 7-0 at the Stadio Olimpico
  • Romelu Lukaku and Renato Sanches scored their first goals for the capital club
  • Roma manager Jose Mourinho sent a message to his former side after the game

Jose Mourinho was in his element with a message to Inter Milan after his AS Roma side beat Empoli 7-0 to record the biggest win of the Serie A matchweek four.

Roma put the struggles of the first three games behind them by picking up a point and dismantling the bottom-of-the-table team with a seven-star performance.

Paulo Dybala got on the scoresheet twice, Romelu Lukaku and Renato Sanches netted their first goals, and Bryan Cristante scored a screamer, while Empoli also scored an own goal.

Romelu Lukaku, AS Roma, Empoli, Stadio Olimpico.
Romelu Lukaku celebrates after scoring his first goal for AS Roma. Photo by Domenico Cippitelli.
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Lukau and Sanches joined Roma on respective season-long loans: the Belgian from Jose's former club Chelsea, and the Portuguese midfielder from Paris Saint-Germain.

Mourinho sends message to Inter

Roma are the second side Mourinho is managing in Italy, having previously managed Inter Milan.

The Nerazzurri were close to re-signing Lukaku on a permanent deal before they withdrew due to the player's attitude, as reported by Foot Italia.

The Belgian made his full debut for Roma yesterday, having come off the bench in the 2-1 loss to AC Milan. He scored sixth in the 7-0 win, his first for the club.

Speaking to DAZN via Tutto Mercato, the Special One reiterated how the striker can be made to perform optimally and stylishly to appease his former club over the summer transfer saga.

"Romelu needs to be happy, to feel loved and wanted. Here, he immediately felt that the team needed a player like him. He obviously likes to win, it's his nature," he said.
"At Inter, they don't have a reason to be angry, they won the derby 5-1, they are very strong and have many attackers. They must be happy for their former coach who needed Lukaku."

Lukaku and Mourinho are working together for the third time after stints together at Chelsea and Manchester United.

The player incurred the wrath of Inter after ghosting their calls despite reaching an agreement with the Blues for a permanent transfer recently.

Mourinho's old comments on Lukaku

Sports Brief also reported on Mourinho's old comments on Lukaku after it emerged the Belgian striker had accepted the Italian capital as his next destination.

The Special One had briefly managed the striker at Chelsea and then at Manchester United and in the past had made a disparity between the two times.

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