Yet another show by Mourinho, protagonist even after the victory in Reggio Emilia against Sassuolo. Once again controversial, the Roma coach appeared at the microphones of DAZN to comment on the match won in comeback and he did so speaking only in Portuguese, without answering questions. I would like to thank the director (Pinto) and the club who have offered me support in the last 24 hours - the words of the Giallorossi coach, who ended up under investigation by the federal prosecutor's office for having expressed doubts about the appointment of referee Mercenaro for the match against Sassuolo, - and therefore the emotional stability that is needed to carry out this job. It was a hard-fought victory, suffered and deserved because even when we were behind we were better. I'm happy for the players."
Waiting for the decision of the Prosecutor's Office after the pre-match statements, where he had said he was worried by the referee and the designated fourth official, "today I speak in Portuguese - the last of the Special One - because my Italian is not so sharp to express certain concepts, such as that of stability which is a strong and necessary quality to perform at the highest level". "To those who complained (the Sassuolo bench) - I simply say that to receive fair play you also need to give it," added Mourinho, who concluded without being asked.
And even in the press room he continued with his mother tongue because "my Italian is, evidently, not clear enough". More allusions to the controversy on the eve of the match, from which the Roma coach slipped away in his own way. Thanking the club and fans for the support they give him, and holding on to a result snatched from a very difficult match. Or rather 'muy dificile', he said, adding that he always had the feeling that he could win it, "even when we were down in the score. The referee? The performance was great, much better than others I've seen."
For Sassuolo coach Alessio Dionisi, "the game changed when we were down to 10 men. Roma equalised with a penalty available and the opening goal came from an own goal. The expulsion was right, but it heavily affected us: up to that point we had done the race mainly us. Dionisi then dodges controversy ("I have my education and my fair play") and says he prefers to talk "about the game and Sassuolo than about the episodes and opponents as some of my colleagues do". "We would never have lost eleven against 11," says Dionisi, who is keen to emphasize that he does not go after "controversy and gossip" and, returning to the match, recriminates on the mistakes made by his team which, he adds, "will make us grow".
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