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Serie A: Morata and Szczesny drive Mourinho crazy: From 3-1 down to a 4-3 win


Jos Mourinho left Italy more than a decade ago as a Champions League winner, Serie A champion and Italian Cup victor after guiding Inter Milan to a memorable “tripletta” – treble.

Flash forward a dozen years and the outspoken coach’s return this season at Roma has been characterized by a series of frustrating losses – the latest a 4-3 home defeat to Juventus in the Italian league on Sunday.

Disappointing results for Roma include a derby loss to Lazio, a 3-0 beating by Mourinho’s former club Inter, and now second defeats this season to both AC Milan and Juventus in the space of four days.

Making matters even worse is that Roma wasted a two-goal advantage over Juventus on Sunday.

Manuel Locatelli, Dejan Kulusevski and Mattia De Sciglio completed the comeback for Juventus at the Stadio Olimpico and Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczsny – who formerly played for Roma – saved a late penalty from Lorenzo Pellegrini.

With Mourinho drawing more and more from his various spells in the Premier League, Roma became the first Serie A club in modern times to start three English players as newly signed Ainsley Maitland-Niles joined Chris Smalling and Tammy Abraham in the opening 11.

Abraham opened the scoring with a header early on and Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pellegrini – with a perfectly struck free kick – made it 3-1 for Roma after an equalizer from Paulo Dybala.

Juventus lost striker Federico Chiesa to apparent injury before the break but still managed to come out strong in the wild second half.

Juventus is fifth, three points behind Atalanta and the final Champions League berth, while Roma dropped to eighth.


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