Roma manager Jose Mourinho has called himself “Jose ‘Harry Potter’ Mourinho” because fans expect more from him due to his successful career.
Mourinho has faced criticism in the Italian press after Roma was eliminated from the Coppa Italia following a 1-0 defeat to rivals Lazio on Wednesday.
In his press conference, Mourinho claimed he raises expectations at every club because of his successful career.
“The Roma fans are the most incredible I have seen. Their coach is Jose ‘Harry Potter’ Mourinho and he raises expectations,” he said.
“I don’t know how many derbies I’ve played, 200, 150, they are always special matches. I’ve won, I’ve drawn, I’ve lost, always with a different experience.
“I have always understood that for a Chelsea fan, a game against Manchester City is not the same as a game against Arsenal. That for Inter, a game against Roma is not the same as a game against Juventus.
“I understand what a derby means. The derby we played was an important derby.
Mourinho: I have never missed one match
Roma is in ninth place in the Serie A table with 29 points after 19 matches. They are four points behind fourth-place Fiorentina.
Mourinho’s future is unclear as his contract runs out at the end of the season, but insists he is committed to Roma.
“I’ve been here for two years and five months. and I’m the only person here who hasn’t missed a single training session in that time,” Mourinho said.
“For me there are no illnesses or bad moods. For two and a half years I haven’t done anything wrong. not even a couple of weeks ago when everyone was sick.
“I do not accept in any way that my professionalism and dignity, my heart for this job, can be questioned. If there is a perfect example of professionalism, it is me. I have never missed one match in over 20 years of my career.”