The novelty of José Mourinho being back in the Serie A will wear off sooner than later I’m sure, but right now it’s still interesting to keep tabs on him, especially as his fortunes have been directly intertwined with Tammy Abraham’s, who joined AS Roma this summer as well. And like Mourinho once did, we’re hoping that Abraham might come back to Chelsea one day — and perhaps as a complete player, similarly to Romelu Lukaku.
In any case, Tammy has been key to José’s great start to the season, scoring twice and adding two assists, with Roma winning seven of their first eight games in all competitions. Unfortunately for them, that record is now seven of nine, after coming up short in last night’s Derby Capitolino by the odd goal in five against Lazio.
Adding more Chelsea intrigue to the match was the fact that Lazio are currently managed by Maurizio Sarri, and have an ex-Chelsea forward among their ranks as well. In fact, it was ol’e Pedro himself who managed to get on the scoresheet against a Mourinho-managed team once again, though this time he waited until the 19th minute rather than the 19th second as in our famous 4-0 win over Manchester United in 2016. His goal made it 2-0 and Roma could never quite close that gap, closing to within one twice, 2-1 and 3-2, which would turn out to be the final score.
The loss leaves Roma in fourth but six points off the top of the table already, with Napoli a perfect six-for-six so far leading the way.