Jose Mourinho takes a cheeky dig at English press

Jose Mourinho takes a cheeky dig at the English press by claiming they ‘only want to talk about problems’ as the Roma boss vows to bring success after the Italian side’s 13-year wait for a trophy

  • Jose Mourinho has returned to Serie A to take over from Paulo Fonseca at Roma 
  • The club finished seventh last season and have not win a trophy since 2008
  • Mourinho steered Inter Milan to an unprecedented treble in 2010 

Roma coach Jose Mourinho said the challenge that awaits him this season is different to many of his previous jobs, insisting it will take time for him to leave his mark on Serie A.

Mourinho, who steered Inter Milan to an unprecedented treble in 2010 during his last spell as a coach in Italy, has returned to Serie A to take over from Paulo Fonseca at Roma, after they finished a disappointing seventh last season.

And he could not resist a dig at the English media after difficult spells at Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham. 

Roma coach Jose Mourinho says it will take time for him to leave his mark on Serie A

He said: ‘When I was in England, I always told my staff, I really miss the press conferences in Italy, because in England they only want to talk about controversy, but now that I’m in Italy, I don’t want to talk about tactics, because you’re too good at the analysis!

‘It’s true, against Trabzonspor we put in a lot of crosses and got things wrong. Football nowadays is not so tied up with the system, so it becomes more difficult for the opposition to prepare against you. There are different ways of reaching the same objective, which is to win. Sometimes we’ll push hard with both full-backs, sometimes only one at a time. 

‘Roma is a giant club, the size of many other clubs I have been to,’ Mourinho told a news conference ahead of his side’s clash with Fiorentina on Sunday.

Mourinho’s first game in charge of Roma ended in victory against Trabzonspora on Thursday

‘The nature of this project is another thing. When I arrived at Chelsea, Inter or Real Madrid, the projects were obvious – to win from day one. Roma are in a different situation – they are a club that hasn’t won in a long time and that last year finished 29 points from first and 16 from fourth.

‘It is obvious that it takes time and in football time is important. The reality is that we have not won for many years. There is a lot of work to do but the results will come.’

Roma dipped into the transfer market this week to bring in striker Tammy Abraham from Chelsea in a £34million deal, replacing outgoing veteran forward Edin Dzeko.

Tammy Abraham will lead the line for Roma after completing his £34m move from Chelsea

Mourinho, however, wants to see more signings before the summer transfer window shuts on August 31.

‘I already explained our transfer strategy was one of reaction, because we lost two players that we weren’t expecting to lose â Leonardo Spinazzola (through injury) and Edin Dzeko,’ Mourinho added.

‘We had to react and didn’t therefore sign the players I thought would’ve been important to balance the squad.

‘I don’t have the right to pressure the club or make more demands. I have to work with the players in the squad, but we’ve still got time to do something more in the market.’ 

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