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August 14, 2023

Why Mourinho Forced his side Roma to play with 10 men

By Paul Safari.


Jose Mourinho made the most unlikely decision a coach can make in a match over the weekend when his side AS Roma was playing a pre-season fixture against Partizani Tirana.


The former Manchester United and Chelsea manager took one of his players Houssem Aouar off the pitch in the 79th minute despite exhausting the allotted substitutions.


A move that confused not only the fans but the player himself, however, Mourinho’s decision was based on sportsmanship.


Earlier in the match Partizani manager Zoran Zekic made a mistake when he tried to substitute a player for another he had already taken off, which the referee didn’t allow, leaving the hosts with 10 men themselves.


Therefore, later in the match, Mourinho decided to level the playing field by playing 10 men each. Roma went on to win the match 2-1.

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