Mourinho rules Roma out of Serie A title race for “economic potential”
Signing Paulo Dybala and Nemanja Matic as free transfers this summer while Georginio Wijnaldum joined the club on a loan transfer, the Giallorossi had a decent transfer window with many of the fans hoping they be in the title race this year. However, Mourinho believes his side is not ready yet.
In addition to their summer signings, a pre-season run of victories againstTottenham
and Shakhtar Donetsk has increased the hype ahead of Roma's Serie A opener atSalernitana
boss played down the expectations in his pre-match conference. He told the reporters:
"There are teams that have an economic potential that is not comparable, I'm not saying the distance between Earth and Mars, but there are people who spend €100-150million per season.
"We go play and do the best we can. In the championship we finished in sixth place, our squad improved, we lost Mkhitaryan and Veretout, but we took on players with whom we improved, but other clubs also did.
Mile Svilar and Zeki Celik have also joined Roma whileHenrikh Mkhitaryan
departed the club to join Inter as a free agent with Jordan Veretout also moving on to Marseille.
"For this reason, during this period where I didn't need to talk to journalists, it amazes me when it comes to us in one way, but not about the others. Roma can be a candidate for the Scudetto if they have won 18 titles
"Only Sampdoria and Lecce spent less than us. Milan and Inter finished with 25 and 23 points ahead of us and improved. There is a lot of noise around us for an interesting match against Tottenham and Shakhtar.
"We talk about us, while there is silence around other teams. Lazio spent €39 million, are they candidates for the Scudetto?"
With Jose Mourinho in reign, Roma won their first ever major UEFA competition againstFeyenoord
in the Conference League Final last year as the Portuguese became the only manager to have won the full set of the Champions League, Europa League, and Europa Conference League.
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