ALVISE CAGNAZZO: Mourinho is exhausted by poor officiating in Italy

ALVISE CAGNAZZO: Jose Mourinho picked up his third red card of the season against Cremonese and he’s exhausted by poor officiating in Italy… but the Special One is also frustrated by the lack of appreciation for his work at Roma since he joined

  • Jose Mourinho was sent off for dissent during Roma’s 2-1 defeat by Cremonese
  • The Roma boss has already been handed red cards against Atalanta and Torino

When Jose Mourinho loses his temper, his anger has been taken out on Serie A referees this season.

The Roma boss was handed his third red card of the season against Cremonese which shows the frustration of a coach who is eager for more gratitude from the fans and the media.

Against Cremonese, Mourinho was sent off for dissent by by referee Marco Piccinini just 60 seconds into the second-half by after an explosive clash with the fourth official.

The Portuguese manager claimed after the match that fourth official Marco Serra had spoken to him in ‘the most incredible way’.

After being sent off against Atalanta, Torino and now Cremonese, Mourinho must try and sort out his attitude to prevent his side getting into more problems.

Roma manager Jose Mourinho was handed his third red card of the season against Cremonese

It was a frustrating night for Mourinho’s side who lost 2-1 to a Serie A side who had not won a game all season

Mourinho will not be in the dugout for one of the biggest games of the season against Juventus – and his absence will weigh heavily on the crucial clash.

Even if the statistics show that Roma have never lost a match with Mourinho absent (four wins, one draw), the Portuguese manager was on the touchline for a sensational 2-2 comeback against AC Milan at the San Siro in January. 


The increasing feeling is that Mourinho is not completely satisfied with his work and has realised that his team cannot go beyond what their results have been.

His future remains up in the air, and despite his contract expiring in 2024, it would not be a surprise to see him leave in the summer.

Mourinho is more suited to clubs that have at least five or six top players and he does not seem to be satisfied with Roma’s transfer business.  

The Roma boss has already announced that he will speak to the club about his future at the end of the season.  At the moment, the signs are not very encouraging and Mourinho looks destined to leave.  

His feud with Rick Karsdorp, the desire to send Eldor Shomurodov away from Rome and the attempts to hand Edoardo Bove and Ola Solbakken more minutes highlight Mourinho’s dissatisfaction with the first-team squad.

Paolo Dybala shines from time to time but his inconsistency shows why Juventus let him go, because they are not confident about him staying fit. But without Mourinho, it will be difficult to keep Dybala in Rome. 

It is unclear whether Mourinho will be at Roma next season as speculation continues to grow about his future


Mourinho has often been at the centre of attention at every moment of his career.

Believing that he is the the same coach capable of winning everything at the helm of Porto, Inter Milan, Chelsea and Real Madrid is madness because he is slowly declining.

Cremonese claimed their first league victory in Serie A by beating Roma 2-1, after defeating Mourinho’s side in the Coppa Italia a month ago with the same result, frustrating the Portuguese manager even further. 

Roma’s bad performance probably started to annoy and unnerve the coach who experienced moments of great tension on the bench until he was dismissed.

The seventh card, made up of yellows and reds, since he has been at Roma is confirmation of how the ‘Special One’ is now exhausted and frustrated by some refereeing decisions, but also the lack of appreciation for his work since he agreed to join.

Mourinho was given a red card against Torino before Nemanja Matic grabbed a last-gasp draw back in November

Mourinho also saw red against Atalanta in September after venting his frustration over VAR

Right now Mourinho is very angry because he believes he only has 13 or 14 top-level players available and this aspect would not be underlined by the Italian media. 

His work in Roma must be considered as the basis of a long-term project and not as the utopian possibility of coaching a team capable of winning immediately.

Roma are currently fifth in Serie A ahead of Atalanta. They have 44 points, have scored 31 goals and conceded 21 goals in a defence built around Chris Smalling’s experience.  

For Roma, after the victory in the Europa Conference League, getting a Champions League sport would be an extraordinary result considering the team available to the manager.

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