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Jose Mourinho has begun life as Roma manager and there will be nowhere to hide for his players after the former Tottenham boss unveiled his newest recruit: a drone.
Mourinho’s start to life at Roma has been much anticipated after he took just 15 days to find a new job when sacked by Spurs chairman Daniel Levy in April.
The Portuguese manager had a long wait between the announcement of his appointment on May 4 and his first training session ahead of the 2021/22 season.
And it seems he has done a lot of thinking during that time, with Roma’s pre-season already a memorable one.
Roma’s players reported to their Trigoria training ground to find a giant screen in front of them and a drone watching their every movement from the sky above.
Mourinho is known to be a control freak when it comes to coaching, with the former Manchester United boss having fallen out with many players over his demanding ways.
The drone appears to be the logical extension of his management style, allowing him and his staff to pore over every detail before analysing it in front of the players pitchside.
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While Mourinho himself views training and matches from pitch-level, the drone should help him assess the team’s shape and the space between each player.
Mourinho is not the first manager to use technology to try and improve his coaching and get an edge on his opponents.
Bayern Munich’s new boss, Julian Nagelsmann, had a giant screen installed three years ago when he was Hoffenheim manager, while the use of sports science, data and cutting edge technology is a major growth area across the sport.
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It is early days, of course, but things seem to be going to plan for Mourinho so far.
Roma have won both of their pre-season friendlies, thrashing Serie D minnows Montecatini 10-0 in his first game before picking up a 2-0 victory over Ternana on Sunday.
Meanwhile, in a typical Mourinho move, he has also made his mark by making it clear where his players stand.
Earlier this month it was reported that Mourinho had told Justin Kluivert, Pedro, Ante Coric, Robin Olsen, Davide Santon, Javier Pastore, Steven Nzonzi and Federico Fazio they were not a part of his plans.
He is also leading a recruitment drive, with Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio already through the door and Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka, Man United’s Alex Telles and Chelsea’s Emerson Palmieri reportedly on his wish list.
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