Jose Mourinho oversaw a goal-fest in his first game as Roma boss, with his new side hitting 10 goals past a lower-league Italian team in a friendly on Thursday.
The former Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham head coach was appointed by Roma back in May, and was officially unveiled last week.
The Portuguese defended his recent track record during his first press conference, and on the pitch his reign got off to an ideal start.
Roma 10-0 Montecatini
Goals: C. Perez (9′), Mancini (19′), B. Mayoral (34′, 54′, 88′), Calafiori (35′), Santi own goal (40′), Zaniolo (61′, p.), Zalewski (80′), Diawara (86′)
Playing in Trigoria, Roma recorded a 10-0 victory in their first friendly of the season against Montecatini, who play in Serie D, which is split into nine regional divisions.
Borja Mayoral scored a hat-trick, with Carles Perez, Gianluca Mancini (not related to Italy’s Euro 2020-winning coach), Riccardo Calafiori, Nicolo Zaniolo, Nicola Zalewski and Amadou Diawara also on target in addition to a Santi own goal.
The first training game of pre-season has just finished: a 10-0 win against guests Montecatini.
⚽️ The scorers today: Perez, Mancini, Mayoral (3), Calafiori, Zaniolo (p.), Zalewski, Diawara and an own goal!#ASRoma pic.twitter.com/Tyd82EzinB
— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) July 15, 2021
“We leave Rome and Trigoria at the end of a wonderful and unforgettable day for which we thank the AS Roma for the hospitality and hospitality,” Montecatini said on Facebook afterwards.
“On to the next!” Roma defender Chris Smalling said on Twitter – their next friendly is against Serie B side Ternana on Sunday.