Maurizio Sarri pressures Jose Mourinho’s Roma saying second would be a ‘disappointment’

Maurizio Sarri has claimed that anything short of winning the title this season would be one

Maurizio Sarri piles on the pressure on rival Jose Mourinho as the Lazio boss claims the latter would be a “disappointment” for Roma, following a summer of big spending with Matic, Dybala and Wijnaldum.

  • Maurizio Sarri has challenged Jose Mourinho’s Roma to win Serie A this season
  • Earlier this month, Mourinho stated that he expects Lazio to be in the title race
  • in the 2021/22 season, Sarri’s Lazio finished one point ahead of Roma

Maurizio Sarri has heaped high expectations on Roma manager Jose Mourinho for this year’s Serie A campaign.

The former Chelsea manager is currently in charge of Serie A club Lazio and, ahead of the new season, wasted no time in engaging in a war of words with his former rival.

In a press conference ahead of the team’s second game of the Serie A campaign, when they host Bologna, Sarri spoke about the expectations on the Europa League winners after a window of successful transfer:

“If anyone has spent money this summer it is Rome. They have spent a lot.”

Maurizio Sarri has claimed that anything short of winning the title this season would be a “disappointment” for Jose Mourinho’s Roma.

Roma have brought in a number of big-name signings during the summer window, including Paulo Dybala, Georginio Wijnaldum and Nemanja Matic, with Mourinho looking to build on his side’s sixth-place finish last season.

Mourinho recently stated that he expects Lazio to also be in this year’s Serie A title race, prompting Sarri to retort:

“I want to thank Mourinho for his trust in me, I hope I can make him happy this season.”

“That’s why I also think that if Roma finished second, it would be a big disappointment.” Added.

Sarri also recently commented on the differences between his and Mourinho's upbringing in football

Sarri also recently commented on the differences between his and Mourinho’s upbringing in football

This isn’t the first time the two outspoken coaches have traded barbs in the press. Earlier this month, Sarri highlighted the differences between his and the former Manchester United manager’s footballing backgrounds. Speaking to Corriere dello Sport, Sarri said:

‘I grew up among fans, people from another level. To win, I had to find good solutions to compensate for the limits of the individuals at my disposal.

“Mourinho started at Barcelona and invested a lot in the quality of the players. There is a big difference between working in Stia and Barcelona. Added.

The rivalry between the pair was exacerbated last season when Mourinho made a series of controversial comments following Lazio’s win at Spezia which saw Sarri’s side leapfrog Roma in the league table.

The special took issue with the standard of officiating in the match and, true to form, pulled no punches in his assessment of what had happened:

“Another thing that hasn’t changed is that 22 years ago you could have won a game with an offside goal and 22 years later you can still win with an offside goal. Yesterday a team won with an offside goal. Think about it.’ Mourinho said.

Mourinho questioned the standard of officiating after Lazio's win over Spezia last season

Mourinho questioned the standard of officiating after Lazio’s win over Spezia last season

Although the 59-year-old was not named, Lazio’s official club statement released after the comments appeared to make a clear reference to Mourinho:

‘The fact that in 2022 a coach of another team, during his press conferences, repeatedly refers to alleged referee favors to competing teams and that, at the same time, some national sports journalists, of declared football faith, are fervent with the same argument. , forgetting his professional function and the duty of impartiality, proves a few things’

‘Lazio is more obsessively in his thoughts than other coveted professional goals; that, as often happens, we look at other people’s houses to divert attention from the lost results and the sensational episodes that have taken place at our own house, in favor, under the gaze of all; that despite the need to evolve the image of football in Italy, some players are stuck with the constant repetition of accusations against referees and VAR’.

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