De Rossi and the Strange Atmosphere Surrounding the ‘New’ Roma

Since De Rossi Arrived on Roma’s Bench, the Team Has Produced Good Performances. Yet, the Focus Always Remains on Mourinho

Daniele De Rossi has shouldered the weighty legacy left behind by José Mourinho. Under the current Giallorossi manager, Roma has bounced back in the league, stringing together three consecutive victories, while also emerging unscathed in the Europa League playoff first leg against Feyenoord. Yet, the shadow of Mourinho’s last two and a half years near the Colosseum remains palpable around DDR.

Roma: With De Rossi, the Tune has Changed, Yet Mourinho’s Legacy Lingers

There’s a peculiar atmosphere surrounding Daniele De Rossi’s new Roma, which some feel has achieved less than expected given its resources, reports Il Corriere della Sera. This attitude, only partially explainable by the necessary remembrance of what José Mourinho bequeathed to the club: the 2022 Conference League trophy in Trigoria’s cabinet and the 2023 Europa League final lost, amidst the heavily contested officiating by Taylor; the endless string of sold-out matches at the Stadio Olimpico. Acknowledging this, it would be fair to assess what De Rossi has produced thus far as a coach.

The current Giallorossi manager has secured victories against Verona, Salernitana, and Cagliari. In contrast, the Special One had only managed four points against the same opponents. Then came the defeat against Inter, who had also bested the Giallorossi in the first leg. At San Siro, only one team played, while at the Olimpico, each side dominated one half. In the Europa League clash against Feyenoord, Roma secured a draw and scored against an opponent that had remained unbeaten in 2024 and hadn’t conceded a goal in their last 5 matches. Nevertheless, the team is described as “distracted, disorganized, and confusing.”

The narrative surrounding Roma under De Rossi’s stewardship is evolving, with Mourinho’s shadow still looming large. Stay tuned as the Giallorossi navigate through this transitional phase amidst mounting expectations and legacy comparisons.