AS Roma coach Jose Mourinho courted more controversy after their 2-1 win against Sassuolo.
Roma fought back from going a goal down, with VAR seeing a penalty awarded and converted by Paulo Dybala. Sassuolo’s Daniel Boloca was sent off in the process.
Mourinho had invited controversy before the game when questioning the appointment of referee Matteo Marcenaro for the game.
“I want to thank the club and director Tiago Pinto, who over the last 24 hours gave me the support and therefore the emotional stability that allows me to do my work,” said Mourinho, who spoke in Portuguese via an interpreter.
“They showed faith in me. This was a very important, hard-fought and deserved victory, because even when we were a goal down, Roma were still the best team on the pitch.
“I am very happy with the players and all our fans. I want to dedicate this to my fantastic assistant manager, Salvatore Foti, who was not here today but worked very hard to help us achieve the victory.”
He added: “The reason I am speaking Portuguese is that my Italian is not sufficiently polished to express certain concepts. When I talked about emotional stability, I was referring to a quality that in life and in football is necessary to perform at the highest level.”