Roma sporting director Tiago Pinto denies rift with Jose Mourinho

Roma sporting director Tiago Pinto has denied talk of a rift with the club’s manager Jose Mourinho.

The Giallorossi have suffered a poor start to the season and have not won even once in three games. They have one point and the new signings have not made an impact.

Before this season started, there was talk about Mourinho’s future and rumours suggested that the relationship between the Portuguese and Tiago Pinto wasn’t great. But Mourinho decided to stay at the club, despite rumours suggesting otherwise at one point towards the end of the campaign.

Pinto spoke about his relationship and recent form in a press conference and stated: “There is no conflict between me and Mourinho. We say everything we think to each other to each other’s faces and we are motivated to do well.”

When asked about the club’s current situation, Pinto said: “It’s true that none of us are happy with the situation, but there’s no reason to panic. We’re talking about three difficult games because the transfer market is open. It’s obvious that we’re not happy, but we are aware that we can do better. After the break we will have all the conditions to improve.”

Mourinho’s relationship with the referees and authorities has been a vital talking point over the last few months and Pinto was asked about it too. He replied: “We are on the third day of the championship, I don’t want to start wars or controversies. We have to hear what the referees are saying, but they have to hear what we are saying too. I honestly stopped a bit, because I can’t understand the difference between Zaniolo in Naples and Rui Patricio against Milan. It’s not a criticism, but I don’t understand the uniformity of judgment.”

Roma have a slightly easier set of fixtures coming up and they will take on Empoli in their next Serie A clash.





Kaustubh Pandey | GIFN

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