Following the failure of AS Roma to make the UEFA Champions League qualification, the Italian club recently announced the signing of one of the topmost managers in the world of football, Jose Mourinho. Considering his illustrious pedigree and winning mentality, many football pundits and AS Roma fans have been looking forward to what they are going to get in their new coach. Though, the Portuguese master tactician's recent results have not been that exciting, notwithstanding, the former Porto, Chelsea, Inter, Real Madrid, Man United, and Tottenham Hotspur coach is still a name to reckon with.
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Hence, we take a look at what the AS Roma boardroom, faithful, and neutrals are expected to derive from the Portuguese tactician this time around and going into 2021/2the 022 seasons.
Formation and Tactics
Aside from being known as "The Special One, The Happy One, and The Chosen One," Jose Mourinho is widely known for his conservative and reactionary style of play. The 58-year-old Portuguese master tactician is famous for defensive and counter-attacking displays. Due to his game plan and formation, he is generally referred to as the manager that made "Packing the boss" popular and a game plan to explore. Most especially during his stints at Chelsea, he was known for favoring a 1-0 win above 4-3 wins.
Although he once preferred a 4-3-3 formation, Mourinho is known to be a manager that can tweak the formation and personnel just to effect a positive change in the match. Through his defensive display, Jose Mourinho led the Chelsea team to Back to Back premier league champion, while conceding only a record of 15 goals throughout the league and a record of 95 points at the time. In recent years, Jose Mourinho has favored 4-2-3-1 more, which can be quickly morphed into 4-3-3 or 4-5-1 depending on the gameplay.
Because of these, the Portuguese master tactician will want to utilize the players at his disposal very well to achieve success by adapting his style of play to their skillset.
Possible Starting Eleven
- Goalkeeper: Pau Lopez
- Defenders: Gianluca Mancini, Ibanez, Rick Karsdorp, Leonardo Spinazolla,
- Midfielders: Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Bryan Christian,
- Forwards: Eden Dzeko, Borja Mayoral, Pedro Rodriguez
Jose Mourinho Past Records and Profile
In trying to follow the suggestion of Kate Richardson, an expert in sports analysis, who had recommended that checking and analyzing the last records of sports managers, is one of the sure means of determining or predicting what is to come. You can check her profile, and read one of her various sports analyses, betting odds, and predictions (Here).
Jose Mourinho previous games as a Manager
Tottenham Hotspur: 2019 - 2021; Game Managed: 86
Games Won: 45; Games Drawn: 17; Games Lost: 24; Points per Game: 1.77
Manchester United: 2016 - 2018: Games Managed: 144
Games Won: 84; Games Drawn: 31; Games Lost: 29; Points per Game: 1.97
Chelsea FC: 2013 - 2015; Games Managed: 136
Games Won: 80; Games Drawn: 27; Games Lost: 29; Points per Game: 1.96
Real Madrid: 2010 - 2013; Games Managed: 178
Games Won: 127; Games Drawn: 28; Games Lost: 23; Points per Game: 2.30
FC Internazionale: 2008 - 2010; Games Managed: 108
Games Won: 68; Games Drawn: 25; Games Loss: 15; Points per Game: 2.12
Chelsea FC: 2004 - 2007; Games Managed: 184
Games Won: 124; Games Drawn: 38; Games Loss: 22; Points per Game: 2.23
FC Porto: 2002 - 2004: Games Managed: 126
Games Won: 90; Games Drawn: 21; Games Loss: 15; Points per Game: 2.31
União de Leiria: 2001 - 2002; Games managed: 23
Games Won: 12; Games Drawn: 8; Games Loss: 3; Points per Game: 1.91
SL Benfica: 2000 - 2000; Games Managed: 10
Games Won: 5; Games Drawn: 3; Games Lost: 2; Points per Game: 1.80
Jose Mourinho's success has generated a lot of analysis over the years. The method of man management, team management, and relationships with the club's hierarchy have made a lot of pundits look into his style of management. Over the years, the self-announced Special One has been described in many ways, both in the sports world and outside of it. Known for his mind games, the Portuguese has been defined as a coach influenced by psychology that tried to appeal to team members as individuals.
Also, one of Jose Mourinho's strengths in team management is his ability to unite his team through visions and expectations. By this, he communicates loud and clear to his players.
He also believed that both successes and failures belong to the team, not just the leader. One of his famous quotes is when he asserted that "I would rather play with ten men than wait for a player who is late for the bus."
Jose Mourinho's Words
After signing the dotted lines for the Italian club, the 58-year-old manager has expressed his interest and told the world what to expect from him in the coming season. In his words, "After meetings with the ownership and Tiago Pinto, I immediately understood the full extent of their ambitions for AS Roma. It is the same ambition and drive that has always motivated me and together we want to build a winning project over the upcoming years.
The incredible passion of the Roma fans convinced me to accept the job and I cannot wait to start next season.
In the meantime, I wish Paulo Fonseca all the best and I hope the media appreciate that I will only speak further in due course. Daje Roma!”