North London is red but Rome is blue as Maurizio Sarri’s Lazio got the better of Jose Mourinho’s Roma this weekend.
In a noisy Stadio Olimpico, Sarri’s side lost 3-2 to hand the Special One a second loss in their new position.
Sergej Milinkovic-Savic gave Lazio an early lead before Pedro, who played under Mourinho at Chelsea, made it 2-0.
Roma defender Roger Ibanez fell back just before half-time, but Felipe Anderson’s goal gave Sarri’s side a two-goal lead.
Jordan Veretout’s 69th-minute penalty made the finish nervous, but Lazio kept their lead to secure the derby victory.
And what do you do when you’ve won the Derby della Capitale? Celebrate with the club mascot of course.
Lazio’s mascot is an eagle named Olympia and Sarri held it up in the air as he waved to the crowd at Curva Nord after the final whistle – and it looks like the two are already good friends.
Sarri, who took over as Lazio boss in June, said: “Olympia sleeps near my room at the Formello training ground so I hear her sometimes.
“I have to admit it was emotionally one of the most exhilarating games of my career.
“I didn’t expect the derby to give you that adrenaline rush and the satisfaction of winning. This is real football, this is not a PlayStation game.
“I saw seven or eight situations that I really liked, but we can’t clone a team and make it work elsewhere.”
In contrast, Mourinho channeled his inner Phil Brown after the game by giving his players a band-aid on the pitch.
And after the game he had time to complain about VAR.
“Unfortunately, a fantastic game was spoiled by the referee and VAR, who were not at the right level for this game,” Mourinho told DAZN.
“The second goal could have been 1-1, it went to 2-0. The [lack of a] the second yellow for Lucas Leiva was also important. I think my team was the best on the pitch today.
“We dominated, we gave Lazio huge problems, they controlled the last minutes as they wanted, and because the referee allowed them to do it.”
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