Jose Mourinho Goes on Viral Rant About Modern Football After Roma’s Coppa Italia Exit

Jose Mourinho Goes on Viral Rant About Modern Football After Roma’s Coppa Italia Exit

Rene Otinga
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Jose Mourinho hit out at the VAR after his side’s derby loss to Lazio
  • AS Roma succumbed to a 1-0 loss in a chaotic Derby della Capitale
  • After the match, Mourinho went on a tirade about modern football

Jose Mourinho did not hold back in his criticism of modern football as he went on a passionate tirade after his side’s 1-0 Coppa Italia defeat to Lazio on Wednesday, January 10.

In a typically fierce encounter between two of Rome’s best clubs, it was Mourinho’s team that fell short after 90 minutes with Mattia Zaccagni scoring the game's only goal.

The Lazio player converted from the penalty spot, albeit under somewhat controversial circumstances, after Roma’s Dean Huijsen was judged to have fouled Taty Castellanos.

José Mourinho prior the Coppa Italia quarter-final match between SS Lazio and AS Roma at Stadio Olimpico on January 10, 2024, in Rome, Italy.
José Mourinho prior the Coppa Italia quarter-final match between SS Lazio and AS Roma at Stadio Olimpico on January 10, 2024, in Rome, Italy. Photo by Silvia Lore.
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The 57th-minute decision left Mourinho extremely incensed, and the former Chelsea tactician made his feelings clear as Roma crashed out of the Coppa Italia.

Mourinho’s take on modern football

Since taking charge of Roma, the Portuguese manager has lost four of the six derbies he has been involved in.

The one he would likely be angrier about is Wednesday's defeat, as it came after a controversial penalty call.

"We lost to what I will call a penalty suited to modern football,” Mourinho said, as quoted by ESPN. "This is how the referees are told to act.

The Special One lamented that 20 to 30 years ago, players would never go down the way they did in the current game of football.

"A penalty ought to be seen as the maximum punishment. The referee was right there and decided not to give the penalty, but when there is someone in front of a screen that calls him for minimal contact and the player puts on a show following that contact, there's not much he can do."

According to the BBC, the derby also saw three players shown red cards. The Special One also received a second red card in four days, his sixth dismissal in the last two seasons.

Former Chelsea forward, Pedro was dismissed in stoppage time after receiving two yellow cards in two minutes, while Roma’s Sardar Azmoun earned himself a straight red card after appearing to slap Nicolo Rovella.

Azmoun's teammate, Gianluca Mancini was sent off towards the end of the game for dissent.

What next for Roma?

It does not get any easier for the Giallorossi as they have to put the defeat behind them quickly ahead of a crunch game against Milan on January 14.

For Lazio, they will face either Juventus or Frosinone in the semi-finals of the domestic cup competition.

Jose Mourinho’s second red card vs Atalanta

Four days ago, Mourinho received his second red card of the season after Roma's 1-1 stalemate against Atalanta.

As Sports Brief previously reported, the Portuguese gaffer was sent off for his protests and handed a match ban.

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