ROME – “I’m sure Roma will go to the semi-finals”. Like that Joseph Mourinho at the end of the first leg. Not after a very successful match that gave certainty of qualification, but after a 2-1 defeat and the second knockout against Bodo. But that’s the special, the technician among the most titled in the world able to turn the page immediately at the triple whistle immediately starting the preparation for the return match. Like, how? With these statements, they ignited the hopes of fans and gave an important signal for the team: misfortune not to believe in it and not to give everything in the game. But at the same time, misfortune to still underestimate the adversary.
Mourinho’s gestures in the build-up to the match, they clinched victory before even starting it. Communication strategy, tactics, surprise shot and maximum concentration. The Special One won on all counts, they studied the most important game of the season and made it their own in five minutes.
Communication strategy. Lower the tones on the clash between coach Knutsen and coach Nuno Santos, without talking to Trigoria about it with the players but keeping the focus only on the pitch. As mentioned, post-Bodo-Roma communication, with the certainty of passing the course transmitted to the group, but also be heard with the team to avoid voltage drops and no longer underestimate the opponent. Even in the press conference, Mourinho was clear: respect for the Bodo but not fear. He was sure to pass because he knows the strength of this group, especially in important games like yesterday.
The brilliant move was to include Zaniolo. A real surprise. After the two benches, the Giallorossi talent is returned incumbent and broke the game with his hat trick. Mourinho’s strategy in the greatest secrecy, kept his roster choice hidden until the final minutes after the game kicked off and won the game at home after just five minutes. Abraham’s goal after the repelled shot from Zaniolo, then the three goals from the talented Giallorossi loaded with bitterness for the benches of the derby and against Salernitana he tipped the match and probably also his season.
Mourinho deployed an always aggressive team on the opposing ball carriers but not only, he closed the passing lines, he raised the center of gravity from the first minute immediately making Bodo understand his intentions. Pressing high, Mkhitaryan “all-player”, Cristane once again the keys to midfield. Then many verticalizations between filters and long balls which allowed Roma to be devastating. The Mourinho effect on the fans is clearly another aspect of winning by bringing the Special One to the capital. More than 60,000 spectators against Salernitana, four days later against Bodo. A magnificent audience, a thrilling atmosphere. Faced with those who called him boiled, Mourinho is always special.
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