Jose Mourinho looking to build on decade old unbeaten record
As one of the best coaches of his generation, Jose Mourinho holds a reputation in Italy that few coaches can. As the only coach in Calcio history to lift a treble, which he did as manager of Internazionale, the Portuguese tactician returns to the country that cemented his reputation as an all-time great. It is also arguably the last time he was held in the highest esteem as a coach. Though his more counter-attacking and player-centric style of play was seen as outdated, it could still work well in Serie A.
His arrival at Roma, then, provides Mourinho with a new project – one backed with high finance via the Friedkin Group. And with a solid start to his Roma career, with wins in Europe and in the league, Mourinho has another record to protect: his famous unbeaten record at home.
The Portuguese never lost a home match as a coach of an Italian club, and is just shy of the record for an unbeaten run in the league. Only Max Allegri can beat his record.
Mourinho, though, needs to only avoid defeat in three more matches to beat the record and hold it outright once again. A decade away from the league and a transformation to both his standing in football and the league itself means that the record might seem some specific. For a coach that prides himself on personal success and winning, though, it will be something that he protected fiercely.
Can Jose Mourinho take back his own unbeaten record?
Despite having suffered numerous home reverses in Madrid, London, and Manchester, Mourinho has never lost a home game on Italian soil. With a 3-1 win in their first league home game this year, Mourinho will be looking for his Giallorossi to build on an early sense of momentum and keep things going.
His current unbeaten run stands at 39 games, which beats Fabio Capello (38). Only Max Allegri has managed to do so more by managing 41 games unbeaten at home. This was in his first spell at Juventus; he has already lost in his second spell as Bianconeri manager.
As such, Mourinho will be looking to avoid defeat in his upcoming three games – all winnable ties at home. He will first face off against Sassuolo this weekend, whilst Udinese and Empoli both travel to the Stadio Olimpico in the coming weeks.
By the 3rd October, then, we will know whether or not Mourinho holds this most odd of records for any longer.
The coach has made a big impression, and already has fans of Roma wondering if the club could really go all the way this summer. A smart transfer window seen a huge slashing of squad bloat, whilst four key signings arrived who have all hit the ground running.
With extensions expected for club cornerstones like Lorenzo Pellegrini and Nicolo Zaniolo, too, Roma – and Mourinho – will be hoping for more than simple home unbeaten records in the months and years to come.