Jose Mourinho’s five best matches in charge of Roma

With the news that Jose Mourinho is no longer manager of Roma, fans will be starting to let their memories of his tenure sink in.

It’s fair to say there was a wide range of results under Mourinho, but – as seen by the number of sell-out crowds since his appointment – he brought some enthusiasm back to the club.

Mourinho was the man to end Roma’s trophy drought – more on that further down the page – and also got them into consecutive European finals.

Celebrating some of his better days, here are some of Roma’s best results with him at the helm (listed chronologically rather than ranked).

Roma 3-0 Lazio (March 2022)

In one of the most eye-catching derby displays of recent memory, Roma absolutely blitzed Lazio in March 2022, Mourinho’s second derby in charge.

Tammy Abraham struck early and then scored again to give Roma command of the game, before a precise free kick by Lorenzo Pellegrini increased the advantage.

Little did Roma know at the time that the interval would represent the start of nine consecutive halves in derbies without them scoring, but the overall mood at the time was obviously of elation.

Roma 1-0 Feyenoord (May 2022)

This is the night that will be most associated with Mourinho’s legacy at Roma: the time he won a trophy with them.

No one had done that since 2008, but Roma went into the newly founded Europa Conference League as one of the favourites.

It wasn’t all plain sailing, but when they got to the final, they knew they had Mourinho’s track record to fall back on.

Mourinho outsmarted Arne Slot at the start of a long-running feud, as Nicolo Zaniolo scored the only goal to give Roma their first ever UEFA-sanctioned trophy.

Roma 1-0 Juventus (March 2023)

Mourinho’s record in big games with Roma sadly showed little progress from Paulo Fonseca’s often scrutinised output.

There was a win at San Siro against Inter in October 2022 and a confidence-boosting 4-1 dispatching of Atalanta in December 2021, but the result chosen here is the 1-0 win over Juventus in March 2022.

The winning goal itself helped make that decision; Gianluca Mancini’s thunderbolt from the edge of the box was chosen as Giallorossi Yorkshire’s goal of the season in the 2022-23 awards.

But Roma’s whole disciplined display was something to be proud of on the day.

Roma 4-1 Feyenoord (April 2023)

Fate put Roma up against Feyenoord again in the 2022-23 Europa League (and it has for the 2023-24 edition too, even though Mourinho won’t be the manager this time).

After losing the first leg, Roma needed some inspiration to quieten down their aggrieved opponents.

Leonardo Spinazzola put them ahead to level things up on aggregate, but Feyenoord scored in the 80th minute to put the pressure on again.

A moment of majestic inspiration from Paulo Dybala led to what was hardly the Argentine’s prettiest goal for Roma, but one of his most determined and significant, sending the tie to extra time.

Roma were professional in the extra 30 minutes, as goals from Stephan El Shaarawy and Pellegrini put them into the semi-finals.

Roma 7-0 Empoli (September 2023)

Not since 2006 had Roma scored seven in a Serie A match, but they sent an emphatic message to earn their first win of Mourinho’s final season.

After failing to win their first three league matches, Roma started their game against Empoli in the relegation zone, but a couple of hours later, they had risen six places.

Dybala scored an early penalty before Renato Sanches and an own goal gave Roma a 3-0 advantage at half time.

They then ran away with it thanks to another Dybala goal and ones from Bryan Cristante, Romelu Lukaku and Mancini.

In his post-match interviews, Mourinho admitted he didn’t feel it was a 7-0 game, but the scoreline will stand the test of time as his biggest win in the Roma dugout.

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