Roma’s poor recent run of form continued on Sunday afternoon with a loss at newly-promoted Venezia in Serie A. Just one win in five league games has seen the club already slip 12 points from the top of the table, and Jose Mourinho has vented his frustration in the aftermath.
Mourinho was sacked by Tottenham in April after a torrid run of results and was appointed as manager of Roma just weeks later after they disposed of Paulo Fonseca.
A seventh-placed finish last season looked to have been put to bed after a superb start to this campaign for Mourinho in the Italian capital.
Yet one win in just seven in all competitions has seen him become more agitated in recent days.
And after the 3-2 loss in Venice, Mourinho vented his anger at the performance of his side after ripping into a journalist after the game.
“It’s been six months since you signed for Roma, would you change anything that you’ve done in terms of choices, statements, requests or anything that you’ve done?” journalist Marco Juric asked.
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And Mourinho was irate in his response.
“You are here in practically every press conference, but either you are very intelligent and you want people to think you are not or you are not intelligent at all,” Mourinho fired back.
Mourinho spent £80m in the summer, with half of his transfer outlay being spent on Tammy Abraham.
The former Chelsea striker has scored five goals in 17 games at the Stadio Olimpico.
But Mourinho will be expecting him to do more if he is to be more successful as Roma boss.
His side take on Genoa after the international break, who appointed Andriy Shevchenko as their manager on Sunday.