Jose Mourinho refused to speak Italian during his post-match press conference, gave furious rant in Portuguese instead
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Jose Mourinho refused to speak in Italian during his post-match press conference after Roma vs Sassuolo.
Roma had to rely on a Paulo Dybala penalty in the 76th minute to draw level after Matheus Henrique gave Sassuolo the lead after 25 minutes.
With eight minutes of the 90 to play, Rasmus Kristensen netted to make it 2-1 and Roma held on to take home all three points.
After the match, Mourinho chose to speak in Portuguese instead of Italian.
According to Football Italia, Mourinho said: “I want to thank the club and director Tiago Pinto, who over the last 24 hours gave me the support and therefore the emotional stability that allows me to do my work.
“They showed faith in me. This was a very important, hard-fought and deserved victory, because even when we were a goal down, Roma were still the best team on the pitch.
“I am very happy with the players and all our fans. I want to dedicate this to my fantastic assistant manager, Salvatore Foti, who was not here today but worked very hard to help us achieve the victory.”
He added: “The reason I am speaking Portuguese is that my Italian is not sufficiently polished to express certain concepts. When I talked about emotional stability, I was referring to a quality that in life and in football is necessary to perform at the highest level.
“As for the situation that caused some irritation in the Sassuolo staff and fans when we did not give the ball back quickly, I went over to my colleague and simply said that to receive fair play, it is necessary to first give it and there is a player in the Sassuolo squad who is lacking in that area.”