Jose Mourinho was forced to be a spectator as Roma returned to winning ways against Cagliari on Wednesday night.
The Special One was serving his touchline ban after being sent off during the Giallorossi’s 0-0 draw with Napoli at the weekend.
Both Mourinho and his counterpart Luciano Spalletti were dismissed in the second half, with the two coaches both unhappy with referee David Massa during an intense game at the Stadio Olimpico.
The Portuguese coach was sent to the stands after being handed two yellow cards, while Spalletti was handed a red card for sarcastically applauding a second-half Massa decision.
“I wasn’t happy about the referee’s decision, but I didn’t say a word,” Mourinho said after the game. “Nobody is going home happy, both coaches were sent off, but I think the referee was balanced.”
His dismissal came amidst Roma’s most difficult spell of form under the former Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United boss.
After losing the Rome derby to Lazio at the end of September, Roma also fell to defeat against Roma, before being humiliated by Bodo/Glimt in the Europa League, losing 6-1.
Mourinho was in the stands at the Sardegna Arena and watched his team earn a valuable three points with a stirring comeback earning them a 2-1 victory.
Leonardo Pavoletti had put the hosts in front shortly after the break, before goals from Roger Ibanez and Lorenzo Pellgrini turned the game around.
Mourinho was spotted furiously celebrating Pelledrini’s goal, shouting angrily rather than showing any real joy.
He did show some happiness after the final whistle however, getting in some much needed food following the dramatic game.
After the win, he posted a picture of him eating a takeaway on some steps, with the caption: “Game over… 3 points… Nice food (can’t go to dressing room).”
The 58-year-old has offered a glimpse into his real personality with many of his Instagram posts showing a more human side to the ruthless head coach.
But any suggestions that he may have softened up were dismissed after his brutal reaction to the defeat vs Bodo/Glimt.
Mourinho banished five players from the squad with Marash Kumbulla, Bryan Reynolds, Ricardo Calafiori, Borja Mayoral and Amadou Diawara all forced to watch on from the stands.
Diawara’s agent Daniel Piraino took aim at the manager, telling Tuttomercatoweb: “I don’t understand the message he’s trying to get across.
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“Is Diawara being made a scapegoat? Is he being made to pay a heavy price for an error? Or is it an attempt to force the club into acting on the transfer market?
“If it is for these reasons, rather than just poor fitness, or he feels the player is unable to understand the tactical requirements of the coach, then I think Mourinho is creating an uncomfortable situation.
“It is inexplicable, but Diawara will adapt. Amadou is an exceptional professional.”
Following the win Roma find themselves in fourth place, nine points behind leaders AC Milan, with a game against the Rossoneri to come on Sunday evening.Read More Read More