Mourinho goes on Special Run after Roma find victory in his 1,000th game | Nicky Bandini
The manager admitted to fibbing to downplay fears that his milestone match may have ended up an emotional millstone
In the 91st minute of his 1,000th game as a professional football manager, José Mourinho turned and started running. His fist was raised, and his mouth was open as he careened down the sideline at the Stadio Olimpico, chasing after his players as they piled in to celebrate in front of the Curva Sud.
Mourinho had spent the whole week downplaying Roma’s match against Sassuolo: just another game, only his third back in Serie A since taking charge of the Giallorossi. At his pre-match press conference, he insisted that this was not a time to worry too much about wins and losses, saying that the league table was something you might start to look at from January onwards.