Cremonese are unwinnable in 23 Serie A matches this season when Jose Mourinho and Roma visited Cremona this week.
It ended in a very surprising 2-1 victory for the bottom team, but once again it was Mourinho who stole the headlines for other reasons.
The Portuguese was sent to the stands after he got into a violent argument with the fourth referee, whom Mourinho accused of favoring Juventus.
Accused of taking on the role of the victim
Gazzetta dello SportStephen Agresti sees a pattern.
– Did you notice that? Again, we talk almost exclusively about something else, and very little about the game. What could be more interesting than arguing between “The Special One” and the fourth official? Agresti writes.
And Agresti points out that the Portuguese did the same after the shocking 6-1 loss to Bodo / Glimt in Asmpira last season.
– The 6-1 collapse against Bodo / Glimt is one of the most dramatic losses in the club’s history. The officials were four or five players that he would not see anymore. What if you are struggling to qualify for the Champions League? Blame it on the lack of continuity in the coaching work. What do you say when, after all, you have Dybala, Matic, Pellegrini, Abraham, Cristante, Smalling, and now also Spinazzola and Wijnaldum?
– When he loses matches it is usually because of the referee. There is always someone to blame, and it’s never him. After all, this is also art. To confuse, shuffle the decks and exit every situation as a victim, Agresti writes.
The pursuit of a place in the UEFA Champions League
Roma are fully engaged in the battle for a top-four finish and a place in next season’s Champions League, but some of their recent performances have been just as bad.
Defensively and on the verge of a destructive style in matches against Roma opponents is basically better than, and has also made more and more fans negative about the process, although Mourinho still has a high star in the capital.
However, the away draw against Lecce, the narrow victory against Hellas Verona and the recent defeat against Cremonese impressed no one.
Ola Solbakken was substituted in the last half hour of the meeting with the Cremonese, but he could not prevent Roma from returning home empty-handed.
Roma are ready for the round of 16 in the Europa League, where Real Sociedad will face its rivals on March 9 and 16. On Sunday, Juventus will visit the Olympic Stadium.
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