Former Chelsea and Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has put his Premier League woes behind him after making a perfect start to life in Serie A as AS Roma boss
Jose Mourinho has put his Premier League woes behind him by making his best-ever start as a manager – with six wins from six games as AS Roma boss.
Mourinho made his name with spells at Chelsea and Manchester United in England, along with spells at Real Madrid and Inter Milan.
He was appointed Roma boss in the summer after he was sacked by Tottenham back in April.
The Portuguese boss was in charge for just under 18 months at Spurs – and was dismissed just days before their Carabao Cup final clash with Manchester City.
His disappointing spell in north London had many questioning whether his career was in decline after his string of high-profile dismissals in recent years.
But Mourinho has begun to rebuild his reputation in Italy after making a perfect start to life in Serie A.
Roma made it six wins in a row in all competitions since the 58-year-old took charge after thrashing CSKA Sofia 5-1 in the Europa Conference League on Thursday night.
The Giallorossi are currently second in Serie A, sitting just a point behind Inter Milan – although Mourinho’s side have a game in hand on the reigning champions.
Their sizzling start has banished memories of last year, where the Rome outfit recorded a disappointing seventh-place finish.
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But Mourinho’s arrival has revitalised the club.
The Italian’s made a mess of their attempts to play out from the back last year, with their new boss encouraging a new direct approach to avoid giving away any cheap goals.
It’s an approach that seems to be paying dividends too.
Roma have blitzed a staggering 19 goals in their six games so far – making a mockery of Mourinho’s reputation for favouring a pragmatic approach.
Their early season form has been supplemented by the eye-catching signing of Tammy Abraham.
The Italian side shelled out £34m to lure the striker to Rome from Chelsea.
And the 23-year-old has netted twice already since his move to the Stadium Olimpico.
Abraham struggled to hold down a first team spot at Stamford Bridge under Thomas Tuchel – despite finishing as the club’s top scorer last season with 12 goals in all competitions.
The striker saw just 17 minutes of action during the final three months of last season after the German boss replaced Frank Lampard.
Since moving to Rome, Mourinho has backed the striker to add to his tally of six international caps for England.
“I am trying to create a monster of a forward for Gareth Southgate,” said the Roma boss.
“Unless he doesn’t have proper eyes and still not call him up with the England national team, then I would suggest for Tammy to switch countries.”