Roma coach Jose Mourinho feels that it’s “idiotic” to speculate that he deliberately got himself a touchline ban for Sunday’s Serie A clash with Inter Milan.
This Giallorossi coach spoke to Italian broadcaster Sky Sport Italia, via FCInterNews. He also gave the view that the Nerazzurri should be winning the league title handily with the squad they have.
Roma travel to the San Siro to face Inter next weekend.
The Giallorossi will have to do without their coach Mourinho, however. The Portuguese got himself sent off for his protests late in his team’s Serie A win over Monza on Sunday.
The fact that Mourinho misses the trip to the San Siro to face Inter is significant.
The stadium is special for Inter. The coach spent two seasons in charge of Inter, winning the European Treble during the 2009-10 campaign.
Therefore, there is still a great deal of appreciation for Mourinho from Nerazzurri fans.
And the feeling is mutual.
But with Mourinho not allowed on the touchline for Sunday’s match, he will miss out on some of the reception he could otherwise get from the Inter supporters.
Or perhaps, some more cynical suggestions have implied, Mourinho is deliberately avoiding such.
Jose Mourinho Denies He Deliberately Got Touchline Ban For Inter Clash
As far as Mourinho is concerned, however, that very idea is absurd.
“Sorry for talking negatively. But there are idiots saying the kinds of things that only an idiot could say.”
“And then it’s even more idiotic when someone from the world of football says it,” he went on.
“I’m the coach of Roma,” Mourinho made clear. “I want to be there with my team when we play.”
“Unfortunately, what happened in the last minute against Monza happened,” the coach said.
“The thing that I regret is that I won’t be able to be with my player,” he made clear.
And the Giallorossi coach also gave his thoughts ahead of Sunday’s match.
“We’re playing against a team who should, in my view, win the title with a twenty-point advantage,” he said of Inter.
“So of course, to play against them we’ll have to be at our best.”