Upon hearing the boos from Roma fans at Sampdoria coach Dejan Stankovic, Mourinho raised his hand to signal the home fans to stop. The fanatical group of Roma fans listened to the Portuguese military leader and stopped criticizing coach Sampdoria.
Stankovic, after witnessing this action, turned to Mourinho, placing his hand on his chest in thanks. Stankovic used to play for Lazio, a rival team in the same city as Roma. This is the reason why the former Serbian midfielder was booed by Roma fans.
Stankovic was also a former student of Mourinho when both worked at Inter Milan. This is the reason why Mourinho stood up to defend the opponent’s coach in front of the home audience, which has almost never happened during the career of “Special One”.
On the pitch, Mourinho’s Roma beat Stankovic’s Sampdoria 3-0. Georginio Wijnaldum, Paulo Dybala and Stephan El Shaarawy were the scorers. This result helps Roma equalize points with the 4th-ranked Inter team, but temporarily ranks 5th when the difference is less than the opponent, and is full of opportunities to win tickets to the Champions League.
In the European arena, Roma will meet Feyenoord in the quarter-finals of the Europa League. If they overcome the Dutch representative, Mourinho and his students will meet the winner of the Bayer Leverkusen – Union Saint-Gilloise match in the semi-finals.
Nhat Anh | 17:35 04/03/2023