The match between Roma and Sassuolo was the 1000th of Jose Mourinho’s illustrious coaching career, and he watched his wards grab a late 2 -1 win against a spirited Sassuolo side.
Stephan El Shaarawy came off the bench to score the 91st-minute winner in a match that could easily have had about a dozen goals on another day. The win meant Roma maintained their 100 percent winning start to the Seria A season, while Mourinho moved up to 638 wins from 1000 matches, the others being 205 draws and 157 losses.
The nomadic Portuguese manager was elated after the match, stating in an interview with DAZN: “During the week I was a liar, saying it wasn’t a special match. But it was a special match.
“It was a match with a special number for me and I always wanted to remember a match like this for my 1000th game. I lied to everyone!
“It could have ended 6 to 6, 7 to 7, Rui Patricio came up with two miracles, we missed a few goals. Extraordinary game, a tremendous emotion.
“Today I am not 58, but 14, when you start dreaming of a career in football. It was a child’s race, I apologized to Dionisi, they played a fantastic game.”
The special one will be hoping his team can continue in this rich vein of form that sees them top of the league after three matches, level on points with Napoli and AC Milan.