With the first ever winter World Cup out in Qatar now at an end, preparations for the return of domestic European football have been going on for a few weeks, and AS Roma have been no different – holding a mid season pre season in effect to get the players fit and match sharp again, and this programme for footballs return has obviously included warm up games serving the same purpose as pre season friendlies.
With Argentina crowned World champions once again, and the hugely talented Lionel Messi finally achieving his dream and adding the one medal to his collection that had always eluded him, fans had ample chance for World Cup 2022 Betting Offers if that was the their fancy, but now Serie A fans can truly now turn their attentions back to club football, but in Roma’s most recent friendly against Cadiz (during our training camp in the Algarve, Portugal), manager Jose Mourinho’s side suffered a pretty comprehensive 3-0 defeat, and it is fair to say the performance did not go down with the self anointed ‘Special One’.
Following the end of the game and the blowing of the full time whistle, Corriere dello Sport report that the Portuguese manager was incredibly direct with the players who featured in the clash and that he was incredibly angry and frustrated with their efforts as he addressed them in the dressing room at the end of the match. Further, following the defeat, he informed them that he would be changing the training schedule for the next day and it would be far more intense to get them back on track for the Serie A return, following such a poor performance.
Mourinho’s anger did not stop there according to the report though, the players were not even allowed their usual post match workout and warm down routine, as the Roma manager insisted that his coaching staff carried out far more intense one hour drills in an effort to significantly improve the players’ physical condition and sharpness.
With Roma not actually back in Serie A action until January 4th with the visit of Bologna to the Stadio Olimpico, not only does that feel a little bit harsh, but it also demonstrates just how unhappy he was with the performance he saw.
Roma now just have two remaining friendlies left to play before the league campaign restarts, and it is perfectly clear that Mourinho will be looking for significant improvement in those two matches as when football returns properly, his aim will be improving on the seventh place we currently hold and getting as close to Napoli as we possibly can.
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