New Roma boss Jose Mourinho has insisted that he’s a far better manager now, compared to his treble-winning spell at Inter Milan over a decade ago.
The enigmatic Portuguese has enjoyed a stellar managerial career to date, having won league titles in four different countries, while he’s also guided both Porto and Inter to Champions League triumphs.
That latter European success came during a brilliant, yet brief stint at the San Siro, the former Chelsea boss guiding Inter to successive Serie A titles, as well as romping to a treble in his second and final season at the club in 2009/10.
While he has since won league titles at both Real Madrid and with the Blues, while also winning the League Cup and Europa League at Manchester United, the 58-year-old has perhaps seen his reputation take a hit in recent years, particularly following his underwhelming reign as Tottenham Hotspur boss.
Having been relieved of his duties at Spurs back in April, just days for the Carabao Cup final, Mourinho has found himself back in the hotseat quickly and is preparing for his first pre-season in charge of Roma, after replacing compatriot Paulo Fonseca at the Italian club.
Although it’s been a tricky last few years for the legendary coach, Mourinho reckons that he’s actually ‘much better’ as a manager now than he was in his last managerial spell in Italy given his added experience – the Portuguese managing to reference his Spurs sacking.
“I’m much better now,” he told the Roma website. “I’m serious – because I think this is a job where experience means a lot. Experience makes everything look like deja vu because you went through so many experiences since I left Italy.
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‘I went to Real Madrid which was an incredible experience, where I reached my dream of winning in Italy, England and Spain. Then back to England where my family is based and of course I wanted to come.
“I even have extreme experience of taking a team to a final and not playing the final which is something I thought would never happen in my career and it happened.
“So with so many experiences and learning with the good moments and with the bad moments, I am much more prepared now than I was.”
Despite having now been a manager for just over two decades, and not exactly getting a reputation for long spells in charge, he has said he is hoping for a lengthy stay in the Italian capital.
“Hopefully success arrives with me because the contract is a three-year contract – my first with AS Roma. Maybe there is a second one day,” he said.
“It’s a job where you can only get better until the day where you lose your motivation which I think is the only thing that can make a football coach decide to stop or it’s not enough or to stop learning. That’s not my case. I’m very far from it.
“I’m learning every day so I think I’m much better. And it’s one thing to come to a country for the first time where you arrive in level zero and you have everything to learn about it. In my case of course that’s not the case.
“I know Italy as a country and as a football culture. I know something about Roma because in my Italian time Roma was the real rival and the team which was close to us fighting for the titles.”