Jose Mourinho’s Roma became the first team to stop Napoli winning in Serie A this season, but the manager and his counterpart Luciano Spalletti both saw red
Napoli’s perfect start to the Serie A season came to an end over the weekend, with Roma holding them to a goalless draw at the Stadio Olimpico.
The result wasn’t enough to knock the visitors off the top of the table, but they’re now locked with AC Milan on 25 points.
Roma and Jose Mourinho ended the weekend in fourth thanks to the point, but the Portuguese manager – as well as his opposite number Luciano Spalletti – was shown a red card by referee Davide Massa.
Mourinho was shown a yellow card in the first half before being dismisses 10 minutes from time, while Spalletti got his marching orders for applauding the referee in what was considered a case of dissent, and the outcome brings to mind comments made by the Napoli boss about his counterpart back in 2018.
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His actions caught the eye of Spalletti, who was Inter Milan manager at the time.
“There is a lot of pressure, especially in certain matches and that starts to build,” Spalletti said of his fellow manager.
“There is always the scope to react because I do the same job as him and I’m fully aware of that
“Clearly if you tease a lion, sooner or later it will roar. These things can happen.”
Mourinho and Spalletti are two of four Serie A managers to be handed suspensions after the weekend’s events, with two other bosses seeing red.
Inter Milan boss Simone Inzaghi was dismissed during his team’s 1-1 draw at home to Juventus, following his reaction to the visitors being awarded the late penalty from which Paulo Dybala equalised.
Atalanta manager Gian Piero Gasperini was also shown his marching orders late on, with his side conceding at the death to draw at home to Udinese.
His Roma side saw three players sent off in a friendly defeat to Real Betis in August, with Mourinho dismissed in Spain for his complaints about the opponents’ third goal in a 5-2 win.
The result against Napoli was a notable improvement for the Giallorossi, who had been beaten 6-1 by Bodo/Glimt in the Europa Conference League on Thursday night.
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Mourinho will be suspended for Roma’s next league game, which takes place away to Cagliari on Wednesday.
Spalletti, Inzaghi and Gasperini will also be forced to watch from afar, thanks to their red cards.
Roma’s next home league game is at home to AC Milan next weekend, with Mourinho’s side welcoming Bodo/Glimt to the Olimpico on November 4.