Francesco Totti has endorsed Jose Mourinho to return Roma to its former glory, claiming that those who criticize him are mistaken. Jose Mourinho is not the problem at Roma, and the club and fans must continue with him, according to Giallorossi legend Francesco Totti.
Mourinho was hired at Roma last month and the football club roughly spent €130 million on new players, the most of any Serie A club in the off-season. Winning their first six competitive games for only the third time in their history Roma started the season well, but they have only won four of their next 12 games.
Since Luis Enrique in 2011 Mourinho became the first Giallorossi manager in September to lose their first top-flight Derby della Capitale, and the following month, he suffered the heaviest defeat of his managerial career when Roma were hammered for six goals by Bodo/Glimt in the Europa Conference League.
The following week, his 43-game unbeaten streak at home in Serie A came to an end against Milan, and November began with a dismal draw at home against Bodo/Glimt and a shocking 3-2 loss at Venezia. On the other Totti believes Mourinho is not to blame for Roma’s poor play and that his background is more than sufficient for a show of faith.
“If we think Roma’s problem is Mourinho, it means we have everything wrong,” Totti told Sky football news. “Mourinho has won more than all the other Serie A coaches combined – hats off to him. You have to focus on him. He is a great coach and a great motivator. He knows how to manage the group, he knows what to say and what to do. The club and the fans must stick with him.” Despite their poor form, Roma sits sixth in Serie A and are just three points adrift of the top four.