‘Worse than he did at Tottenham’ – Mourinho slammed by ex-Roma star

Lewis Oldham
Mourinho is criticised by Cassano

Former Roma star Antonio Cassano has slammed Jose Mourinho as he is “doing worse” for the Italian giants “than he did at Tottenham”.

The former Chelsea and Manchester United manager took over at Tottenham in 2019. Under him, they ended up finishing sixth in the Premier League in 2019/20.

Mourinho was sacked in April 2021 following a string of poor results. He guided them to the Carabao Cup final but they suffered disappointing exits from the FA Cup and Europa League.

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The 59-year-old quickly returned to management as he was appointed by Roma ahead of the 2021/22 campaign.

He has won 19 of his 36 games in charge of Roma so far. They have drawn three straight games in the league as they sit eighth in Serie A.

Earlier this month they were also knocked out of Coppa Italia in the quarter-final stage by Inter Milan. His former player at Man Utd – Alexis Sanchez – scored as Milan won 2-0.

Cassano played over 150 times for Roma between 2001 and 2006. He is not “liking anything” from Mourinho’s tenure so far:

“Roma are doing very badly, a disaster,” Cassano said (via The Express).

“I love Rome, and I can’t think that the fans are happy with the season. The banner that appeared this morning? I assume it’s some sporadic fans, nothing organised.

“He’s (Mourinho) been doing terribly since that famous 6-1 defeat in Norway. They could have lost on Saturday, but then they made up for it with these two kids.

“In my opinion, they are also messages to the owners. It’s a particular situation, which I don’t like at all. They risk being out of the top seven now.

“Mourinho is doing worse than he did at Tottenham, even from the media point of view, where he was always number one, bad. I’m not liking anything.”

Arsenal and England player Ainsley Maitland-Niles has been told that he has not “made a difference” for Roma since his loan move to Italy.

Loris Boni – who played 80 times for Roma in the 1970’s – has been asked about Maitland-Niles and Sergio Oliveira.

He said: “They haven’t impacted a lot. Maybe they haven’t settled in yet. They have a hard time grasping Italian football. English and Portuguese football is quite different.

“If you join a team that is not in condition, it’s not easy to fit in. They are players who have come to complete the staff. They aren’t ones who make the difference.”