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Jose Mourinho sent off during Roma's draw with Napoli

Jude Summerfield
Mourinho saw red against Napoli
Mourinho saw red against Napoli / Silvia Lore/GettyImages
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Oh but to live a day in the life of Jose Mourinho. It must be an absolutely riveting rollercoaster ride.

Just days after watching his Roma side suffer arguably the most embarrassing defeat of his career with a 6-1 loss to Bodo/Glimt in the Europa Conference League, the former Chelsea boss was back watching some Serie A action as his side took on Napoli.

The Partenopei have started the season brilliant and have emerged as contenders for the title at this early stage of the season. They dominated the game, with Victor Osimhen hitting the woodwork and also having a late strike disallowed for offside, though it ended in a goalless draw.

However, it all got a little too much for Mourinho.

Unhappy with referee Davide Massa's performance, the Portuguese manager let his emotions get the better of him, firstly being booked for dissent in the 19th minute. He later breached his technical area and looked exasperated on the touchline, gesticulating uncontrollably and appearing to kick an object.

While getting his marching orders, he gave a sarcastic thumbs up to the match official and was soon given a standing ovation by the home crowd. Even after the events of the past week or so, the Roma faithful have still taken Mourinho to their hearts.

Napoli manager Luciano Spalletti was also dismissed, being shown a red card for some sarcastic applause after the full-time whistle.

Mourinho was extremely critical of his fringe players for their performances in the defeat to Bodo/Glimt, even if he attempted to take some of the blame for the loss in his own unique way.

He said: "It's my mistake. I wanted to rest players after the game against Juventus and before the game against Napoli. I made these decisions, and in the end, they are better players than my players. They are a better team than my team."

Amadou Diawara, Gonzalo Villar, Borja Mayoral, Bryan Reynolds and Marash Kumbulla were all omitted from Sunday's matchday squad, having previously started on Thursday.


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