Jose Mourinho Has Gone Stale
The storied manager has run out of excuses and the ability to win.
Jose Mourinho, once considered one of the world's best football coaches has fallen from grace.
The two-time Champions League winner has had more defeats in his last five years of management (61) than he did in his entire first decade (57), according to journalist Miguel Delancy.
And now the criticism of his players' mental toughness at each of his last four clubs is being scrutinized.
The latest episode from the Portuguese manager came after his Roma side gave up a 3-1 lead to lose 4-3 to Juventus in Serie A on Sunday.
After the match, Mourinho said: "When we allowed them back in for 3-2, a team with a strong mentality like Juventus, a strong character. The fear set in. A psychological complex. It's not a problem for me having 3-2, it's a problem for them. For my team. At the end of the day, when you're in the s***, you get back on your feet and find your character. But there are people in this locker room who are a bit too nice, a bit too weak. I already told the players, if the game had ended at the 70th minute, it would've been an extraordinary performance. Unfortunately, it didn't end then."
That's not the first time Mourinho has challenged his players' mental fitness.
Days after being sacked by Chelsea in December 2015, Mourinho described the Blues squad as "mentally weak".
Then while in charge of Manchester United in February 2017 he used the same phrase to describe his Red Devils side.
Three years later, when his Spurs side fell apart and relinquished a three-goal lead to draw 3-3 with West Ham, Mourinho uttered similar words once more.
Mourinho blamed his Tottenham players for failing to be "strong enough psychologically".
Six months later, he was sacked by Spurs chief Daniel Levy.
Maybe he's right, maybe he's wrong. But surely it's Mourinho’s job to fix the problem he sees, and not to just complain about it.