Jose Mourinho has got off to a flying start with Roma after the Italians smashed ten past Tuscans Montecatini in a pre-season friendly on Thursday.

Mourinho, 58, has taken on a new challenge in the Italian capital after receiving his marching orders from Tottenham in April, having failed to guide the North Londoners up the Premier League table.

The Portuguese coach has fond memories of Italy after winning the treble with Inter Milan in 2010, and he staunchly defended his managerial record upon his arrival to the Giallorossi last week.

Mourinho has been tasked with advancing Roma in Serie A, with former boss Paulo Fonseca securing a measly seventh place finish in the 2020-21 campaign.

And the former Chelsea, Man United and Spurs boss has enjoyed the best start possible after battering local side Tuscans Montecatini at the Fulvio Bernardini training centre.

Spectators were not allowed to attend as Borja Mayoral hit a hat-trick while Nicolo Zaniolo, who wore the captain’s armband, found the net.

Carles Perez, Gianluca Mancini, Riccardo Calafiori, Nicola Zalewski and Amadou Diawara all added their names to the scoreline, along with an own goal.

Roma continue their 2021-22 preparations on Sunday when they take on Ternana, with fans able to view Mourinho’s side on television for the first time.

The Portuguese has already made the first signing of his tenure, landing Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio for £9.8million from the West Midlands club.

Portugal No 1 Patricio expressed his delight in working under his fellow countryman, who has won all there is to win in club management.

‘It’s a great feeling to be here,’ Rui Patricio told RomaTV. ‘It’s a chance for me to develop learn and improve and come to a club where I can compete for silverware.

‘I’m delighted and confident and I want to work hard and do my best to help the team.

‘Obviously, I was really pleased when I heard Roma were interested. I was desperate to come here because I definitely wanted a new challenge.

‘I had three years at Wolverhampton where I was very happy and I can only thank them because it was a chance to play in the Premier League.

‘I’ll never forget Wolverhampton because it’s a family club and I love that, but Roma coming in represented a chance to fight for trophies and join a big club, so I’m really excited.’


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