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Roma boss Jose Mourinho set to reinvigorate Juventus rivalry for the first time since Man Utd’s infamous victory

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Name any big team in Europe and chances are Roma boss Jose Mourinho has found a way to somehow antagonize them throughout his managerial career – and so do those he’s been to. even in charge.

So it’s no surprise that as Serie A looks forward to arguably the biggest clash this weekend in Juventus vs Roma, Mourinho has played with the Turin outfit before.

The fixture alone has enough weight to grab the attention of supporters and not just those in Italy. But the extra element of Mourinho ‘kick’ makes this more eye-catching than usual.

Jose Mourinho returns to Juventus with Roma for the first time in three years on Sunday

The Portuguese hopes to kickstart Roma's Champions League push in Turin

The Portuguese hopes to kickstart Roma’s Champions League push in Turin

For Mourinho, his side’s trip to the Allianz Stadium marks his first return to the ground since his days as Manchester United manager and that infamous group stage win of the Champions League in November 2018.

Nothing infamous about his team’s performance, mind you. It was a masterclass smash and grab victory as the Red Devils bounced off a Cristiano Ronaldo opener in the second half to equalize via Juan Mata with four minutes left, before stealing the win three minutes later with an own goal by Leonardo Bonucci.

Mourinho loved every second and made sure the home fans knew that too. After the final whistle, he marched onto the field and with a half grin, half sly smile, he put his ear to all four corners of the ground and, feeding the fury, reveled in his favorite role as a pantomime villain. Bonucci immediately confronted him about it, before United officials chased their boss out of the tunnel through the tunnel.

Mourinho's latest trip to Juventus saw his Manchester United side seal a dramatic late 2-1 win

Mourinho’s latest trip to Juventus saw his Manchester United side seal a dramatic late 2-1 win

“When I reacted in a way that was criticized at the end of the game last time, I thought it was a bit strange,” Mourinho said of the incident earlier this week.

“People remembered the emotional response of 10 seconds and forgot 90 minutes of the game. Today we are talking about respect, but in those 90 minutes that was all forgotten.’

It wasn’t an overnight event though, it was just the final chapter of Mourinho’s long-running feud with Juventus.

Where does it start? Perhaps unsurprisingly with Mourinho, it all started at a press conference in March 2009 during a season that saw them on their way to a fourth consecutive title in his first year at Inter Milan (including the one inherited after the infamous ‘calciopoli’ scandal). in 2006).

Mourinho kept his ears closed after the game in a tantalizing gesture to Juventus supporters

Mourinho kept his ears closed after the game in a tantalizing gesture to Juventus supporters

He immediately faced Juve defender Leonardo Bonucci in the moments after

He immediately faced Juve defender Leonardo Bonucci in the moments after

Mourinho delivered an epic eight-minute speech about the rebuilding of Italian football in the wake of the damaging scandal that centered on match fixing by choosing referees and involving clubs like Juventus and AC Milan.

While Inter dominated Italy in the immediate years to come, he put Serie A on notice but also checked some of the country’s traditional top teams in a speech known as ‘zeru tituli’ for his mispronunciation of ‘zero’. . titles’ in Italian.

An excerpt from it says: ‘In the last two years there has been no mention of Rome having great players, but that the season will end with zero titles. There was no mention of Milan, which has 11 points less than us and will end the season with zero titles. There was no question of Juve winning so many points with refereeing errors.’

Although Mourinho only stayed with Inter for two years, before leaving on a climax after winning a glorious treble including Serie A, the Champions League and the Coppa Italia, he seemed to enjoy boosting Juventus whenever he could.

Picking up referee calls that were in their favor was a favored tactic. In February 2010 during the treble-winning campaign, he took an out-of-context dig at Juve, referring to the club with a snide remark, claiming that ‘in Italy there is one 25m penalty area’ in reference to lucky penalties handed to them. were awarded.

Mourinho's feud with Juventus started when he was Inter Milan manager in 2009

Mourinho’s feud with Juventus started when he was Inter Milan manager in 2009

With the Nerazzuri, Mourinho enjoyed a productive time in Italy and won the treble, including the third European Cup ever.

With the Nerazzuri, Mourinho enjoyed a productive time in Italy and won the treble, including the third European Cup ever.

Even after he left Inter, he couldn’t help but take constant sharp jabs at the club.

A year after his move to Real Madrid, he noted that his move to Inter Milan meant he could never take charge of Juventus out of respect for the Nerazzurri.

He claimed: ‘I’m the kind of person who might be too committed to his team to coach a rival, I can’t coach Juve after leading Inter’.

Admittedly this is one of his quotes that hasn’t gotten particularly old given the ease with which he accepted the role to take over at Tottenham Hotspur in 2019 after successful years leading their fierce London rivals Chelsea.

Even when he was at Real Madrid, Mourinho couldn't resist the verbal punches at Juventus

Even when he was at Real Madrid, Mourinho couldn’t resist the verbal punches at Juventus

Mourinho often poked fun at Juventus during press conferences, especially at Inter

Mourinho often poked fun at Juventus during press conferences, especially at Inter

And that brings us back to the Manchester United and Juventus matches in the 2018/19 group stage.

This time, however, it’s the Old Trafford clash, two weeks before the deafening, as Paulo Dybala’s strike sealed an away win for the visitors.

Of course the Juve fans were thrilled to be able to beat an old rival with taunts from the front and Mourinho couldn’t resist a bite – he held up three fingers at the Bianconeri fans as a gesture from the triple win at Inter.

Mourinho has revealed he has respect for the club, but in typical Jose fashion, he couldn’t do it without a blind attack on a section within the club – on one occasion as their fan base.

After Old Trafford’s defeat and his interaction with the Juve fans, he said: ‘Obviously they’ [Juventus supporters] are not in love with me. The hardest moment for them was us [Inter] triple. But there is every respect with players, technical staff and management.’

So there will be no red carpet for Mourinho if he takes his Roma side to the Allianz Stadium on Sunday. Not that there would be, even if he wasn’t in charge.

Juventus players celebrate their side's 1-0 win at Mourinho's United in 2018

Juventus players celebrate their side’s 1-0 win at Mourinho’s United in 2018

Berated by Juve fans, Mourinho reacted with three fingers to mark his treble with Inter

Berated by Juve fans, Mourinho reacted with three fingers to mark his treble with Inter

Roma, like pretty much the rest of Serie A’s top teams, have a heated rivalry with the Old Lady and for Mourinho’s side it goes back more than 40 years. In 1981, a late goal against Juve was controversially ruled out for offside three games from the end of the season, costing Roma the title by two points in favor of the Turin outfit.

It has not been forgotten and as the teams prepare to line up on Sunday, Mourinho could quickly regain the favor with Roma fans with a win after an inconsistent start to the season.

They are currently fourth in Serie A, but have stumbled in recent weeks after winning their first three games, and are six points behind league-leader Napoli, who have won all seven games.

Juventus, meanwhile, are starting to pick up steam under returning boss Massimiliano Allegri after a poor start on just two points from four games.

Since then, three consecutive wins have followed and in seventh place they receive Roma in good form after the resumption of domestic football after the international break.

Mourinho hopes people like Tammy Abraham can shoot his side to victory in Turin on Sunday

Mourinho hopes people like Tammy Abraham can shoot his side to victory in Turin on Sunday

But Allegri – who called the now 58-year-old ‘pathetic’ on Italian television in 2011 – insists his rivalry with Mourinho will not take center stage.

“Mourinho is a coach who has won a lot and I respect him,” Allegri said at his pre-match press conference.

“It’s part of his personality that he will occasionally do something like he did at Manchester United a few years ago. This is not a clash between me and Mourinho. I am happy to have a top coach like him in Italy. He adds value to Roma and Serie A.”

Another three points against Juventus would be a huge boost for Roma meanwhile to get their season back on track, and should it come, don’t expect Mourinho to be too modest about that.

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