Mourinho leaves fans baffled after refusing to celebrate against Juve
He barely even blinked! Jose Mourinho leaves fans baffled after refusing to celebrate Roma’s winning goal against Juventus… as the ex-Tottenham boss continues writing notes while Gianluca Mancini’s strike sends players into raptures
- Jose Mourinho left supporters baffled after he seemingly refused to celebrate
- Gianluca Mancini scored just before the hour mark to give Roma the lead
- They held out to claim a 1-0 victory and in the process climb up to fourth
Jose Mourinho left supporters baffled after he seemingly refused to celebrate Roma’s goal against Juventus over the weekend.
Gianluca Mancini’s strike on 53 minutes sent the Stadio Olimpico into wild raptures, with players and supporters alike haring off in various directions as if it had been a goal at the death.
The Portuguese, however, remained effortlessly calm as even his technical staff ran past him to join in the joyous festivities.
With Tammy Abraham readying himself to enter the fray, Roma picked up the ball on the right before shovelling it across for Mancini.
Lining it up at a slight angle, Mancini struck it hard and low, as it rifled past Wojciech Szczesny to cause rapturous scenes in Rome.
Jose Mourinho barely celebrated his side’s – eventual – winner against Roma on Sunday
The Roma boss saw Gianluca Mancini send a wonderful strike into the bottom corner
Though it did little to distract him from his notes which he was discussing with his assistant
Roma’s own social media account posted the side-by-side video, alongside the caption: ‘You had the same reaction, right? Come on Rome,’ followed by a laughing emoji.
However, two men that were left starkly unperturbed by the goal were Mourinho and his goalkeeping coach Nuno Santos.
Abraham, who just moments before had been receiving instructions from his manager and Santos, before they broke away to write notes, hared past Mourinho and onto the field of play.
Meanwhile, Roma’s ‘Mourinho cam’ showed him briefly looking up to catch the goal before again bowing his head to discuss tactical matters further with his assistant.
The video goes some way to displaying the duality of man, with Mourinho having previously carved out a reputation for being one of football’s most vociferous and notable celebrators.
He first truly came into the consciousness of English football back in 2004 when he hared down the touchline at Old Trafford with his trench coat flaring out behind him when Costinha equalised with a last gasp free-kick in the Champions League to send Porto through.
Indeed, in England his initial spell with Chelsea was bookmarked by a variety of rather bold and outlandish celebrations.
They included calmly walking down the touchline at the Millennium Stadium to ‘shush’ the Liverpool supporters, or the time he shook the hands of his bench at Highbury with around 10 minutes to go as an indication of him thinking – or knowing – the game was up for the hosts.
Supporters took great pleasure in Mourinho’s antics on social media.
‘Forever my favourite manager,’ one wrote.
‘One reaction started the match with 3-6-1 without a striker, so he scored with a defender, then brought down his two attackers and defended them more than the first,’ one supporter wrote, followed by the goat emoji.
Roma are mounting a serious and credible challenge to get into the Champions League places at the end of the season
Mourinho greets Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri before the clash on Sunday night
‘Mourinho is so cold,’ another wrote.
While one, accompanied by the hashtag TheSpecialOne, noted ‘el otro nivel’, which roughly translates as ‘it’s another level’.
Roma’s supporters, despite his falling stock, have taken to Mourinho and have never lost faith that he is the right man for them.
Their supporters can often be heard chanting his name inside the ground, and with Juventus in dire straits having been awarded a points deduction and AC Milan in freefall, they have a real shot at qualifying for the Champions League this term.
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