Capello warns Mourinho: ‘Rome burns everyone’

The last coach to win Serie A with the AS Roma, Fabio Capello, has warned Joseph
Mourinho of the pressure that will have in the Italian capital. Roma announced Mourinho’s surprise appointment on Tuesday, just over two weeks after he was fired by Tottenham Hotspur.

The Portuguese will take over from the 2021-22 season with a three-year contract, which will mark the return to Italy, where he won a triplet in Serie A, Coppa Italia and the Champions League with Inter Milan in 2009- 10.

But Capello, who led Roma to their last Scudetto in 2000-01, has warned Mourinho at La Gazzetta dello Sport that he will not have an easy road. “Rome burns everyone. It is the most beautiful city in the world, but also a place where it is extremely difficult to work in football ”. “There is not a lot of patience, contrary to popular belief. The reason for a loss is often not evaluated ”.

“The key to everything is having a solid squad and creating a group of players who are behind the coach. A group united against everyone and against everything. That’s what I did. Obviously the club is fundamental: the coach must always be supported and must prevent anyone from taking advantage of the difficulties behind the scenes to stoke the bad vibes ”.

Mourinho’s shares have fallen in recent years following the firings of Chelsea, Manchester United and Spurs, but Capello rejected the idea that the 58-year-old is no longer the same manager he was at Inter. “It is an impressive appointment that has immediately sparked enthusiasm in Rome,” he said. “There are no more excuses. Roma have a coach, a number one, a professional who has won and has experience. You have to look at the results and you cannot hide from three layoffs, but he is a man of enormous intelligence and I am convinced that his desire to be a protagonist again will be decisive ”.