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Jose Mourinho Ruthlessly Hits Out At Journalist's Question At Roma Press Conference

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Jose Mourinho Ruthlessly Hits Out At Journalist's Question At Roma Press Conference

Jose Mourinho ruthlessly hit back at a reporter who questioned if he would change anything during his first six months in charge of Roma.

Roma announced in May that former Manchester United and Chelsea manager Mourinho would succeed fellow Portuguese Paulo Fonseca as head coach.

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However, Mourinho has come under growing pressure in recent weeks after disappointing results for Roma.

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Roma were on the receiving end of a 6-1 drubbing at the hands of Norwegian side Bodo/Glimt in their Europa Conference League clash last month.

Mourinho’s men were then held to a 0-0 draw against Napoli at the Stadio Olimpico before picking up a 2-1 win over Cagliari.

Roma lost 2-1 to 10-man AC Milan at home before securing a 2-2 comeback draw against Bodo/Glimt in the Europa Conference League at the Stadio Olimpico.

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Reporter Maro Juric, who works for the likes of Sky Sport Italia and Gianluca Di Marzio’s website, asked Mourinho would he change anything from his first six months at Roma.

Juric asked: “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?”

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However, a visibly frustrated Mourinho lashed out at the reporter and questioned his intelligence.

Speaking ahead of Roma’s 3-2 defeat to Venezia on Sunday, the Special One responded: “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. I want to think you're intelligent but you like to do what you do.”

Roma are currently sixth in Serie A and are 13 points adrift of league leaders Napoli, with Mourinho’s men three points off from the top four.

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The Serie A club’s last win came against Cagliari in late October, with Roma’s last clean sheet coming in their draw with Napoli last month.

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Mourinho admitted during his press conference that Roma are “struggling a bit” when it comes to converting the chances that they create.

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“If you compare the number of goals scored and the number of chances we created, obviously there is a contradiction there,” he explained.

“There are teams that even if they perform worse and create very little, have a chance and score a goal, have three opportunities and score two goals.

“In this moment, we are struggling a bit, not in the build-up, but in converting all the chances that we create.

“This is true, but it would be more worrying if we were not able to create at all, if we hadn't any domination during the games. It would be more worrying if we were not able to create.”

Roma will return to Serie A action on 21st November against Genoa at the Luigi Ferraris Stadium.

Featured Image Credit: PA/Sky Sports

Topics: Jose Mourinho, AS Roma, Serie A, Italy, Football

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