After a subpart first-half performance in their 1-1 draw with Juventus on Saturday, Jose Mourinho told his Roma players he was embarrassed by them.
Early in the Serie A match, Roma fell behind Juventus 1-0 and was unable to respond before halftime.
In his team meeting, Jose Mourinho was harsh, telling his players that he was “ashamed” to be their coach.
The Portuguese coach admitted to DAZN that he was embarrassed by his team at halftime.
“The problem wasn’t tactical; it was with their mentality”, Jose Mourinho was quoted as saying. “We cannot come here and behave in this manner. On the bench, I was encouraging Salvatore (Foti) to hope that it was just 1-0.
“We were quite fortunate, and losing 1-0 is a terrific result given that first-half performance.
“It was just luck; we did nothing at all. Even though Zaniolo and Wijnaldum’s injuries left me with few alternatives for the bench, the team in the second half was significantly different.”
Paulo Dybala’s pass into the box was met by a strong header from Abraham to score his first goal of the season.
Abraham, a former Chelsea forward, is now tied with Trevor Francis for third place in English goals scored in Serie A history with 18 goals. David Platt scored 31 and Gerald Hitchens 59.
In his post-game news conference, Jose Mourinho proceeded to highlight Roma’s lack of effort in the first 45 minutes of the Juventus vs Roma Serie A clash.
The Special One went into further depth on specific performances as well as other topics about the team’s squad.
The impact Dybala has is always noticeable, according to Jose Mourinho. When he scores or assists, people think he does well. He was the difference in the game for Roma. He serves as the group’s reference point.
Abraham appeared to play a fantastic game, but in reality, he was awful based on the judgment of Jose Mourinho.
“Dybala played well, and Cristante did a terrific job of giving Paulo a more direct route”, Mourinho noted after the 1-1 draw with Juventus on Saturday, August 27. “The feeling of fear among their supporters was sufficient for us to enter the box in the second half…
“We’ll see if tomorrow comes someone who can help us, who can push Tammy to do even more. We all know who I’m talking about. I saw Tammy in the interview, he made it sound like he played a great game but today he was horrible.”
After three games, Roma have seven points and are currently tied with several other clubs who also have seven points. Mourinho and his team are currently sitting on the 4th spot with equal points with the three clubs sitting above them – AC Milan, Lazio, and Torino.
After defeating Bologna 2-0, Rafael Leo and Olivier Giroud put defending champions AC Milan top of the standings.
The inaugural champions of the Europa Conference League, Roma, will be seeking to build on that achievement and return to the Champions League in 2023.
Hence, Jose Mourinho and his team will leave no stone unturned as they push to either contend for the Serie A title or fight for a top-four finish to guarantee a spot in the Champions League for the 2023-2024 season.
On August 30, Mourinho’s group will play host to Monza, and on September 4, they will depart for Udinese. On September 8, they will start their Europa League journey against Ludogorets.
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