The manager of Roma, Jose Mourinho got it so bad during a friendly game between his team and Real Betis during the weekend. The Portuguese tactician, three of his players, and one of his assistant coaches were red-carded during the game.
Though Jose Mourinho has a record for being a very dramatic coach, it has never been recorded that he had to end a game with just 8 players on the pitch.
The special one as he is fondly called was expected to be a different coach when he decided to accept to coach a lowly rated club like Roma but it is obvious that Mourinho will always be Mourinho.
In the dramatic friendly game between Roma and Real Betis, everything was going well even after the two teams have scored two goals apiece.
But Jose Mourinho lost his cool when Betis’ Alex Moreno scored a goal which looked like a handball. The fact that the center referee did not see it as a handball, infuriated Mourinho so much that he had to step into the pitch to confront the referee.
As Mourinho decided to take the law into his hands at Estadio Benito Villamarin in Sevilla, his midfielder, Lorenzo Pellegrini joined him to protest against the referee who did not see anything wrong with the goal he allowed to stand.
Hence, the referee decided to take control of the situation by showing Mourinho a straight red card. He however did not send him to the locker room but the stands.
Also, the referee did not pardon Pellegrini for protesting against his decision. The Italian midfielder was also shown a straight red card.
After the whole drama, the goal stood and Betis took the lead. Before the second half ended, two Roma players, Gianluca Mancini and Rick Karsdorp got red-carded for separate offenses.
With three players short, it became easier for Real Betis to score two more goals to end the game 5-2 with Jose Mourinho left to wail from the stands of the stadium.
The way the friendly game ended could be a wake-up call to the fans of Roma who are expecting Mourinho to return them to Champions League football. Recall that Roma finished 7th in Italian Serie A last season and a better 2021-2022 season is expected under the Portuguese coach.
Mourinho was sacked by Tottenham before the end of last season and stunned the world when he decided to accept Roma’s appointment few months after losing his job at Tottenham.
He will commence his Italian Serie A campaign on August 22, 2021, when Roma take on Fiorentina at home.