Jos Mourinho signed the best start of his career with Roma in his debut at a club. “I keep repeating the same thing. The other day I already said that five victories in a row is not the same as 50. Now that we have reached six, I will remind you that it is six wins and not 60. And if we reach seven, the same. We must maintain calm. The season is a marathon and we must manage our emotions and limitations, “said the Portuguese after chaining six victories with which equal the best start in history ‘giallorossi’. However, everything went wrong when they lost (3-2) against Hellas Verona.
Since then, they have not raised their heads. The defeat (3-4) against Juventus He exemplified the hard present at the Olmpico of a Mourinho who has hit rock bottom. Without titles since winning the Europa League with Manchester United in 2017 and after a last blank adventure at Tottenham, ‘The Special One’ is having more problems than expected to get the best out of Roma. And the games are over …
6-1 in Bodo and criticism of the players
In Verona a concatenation of irregular results began which had its turning point in the win (6-1) suffered against Bodo / Glimt in the Conference League. “The fault is mine. I decided to give opportunities to those who play less and rest to those who do so almost always on an artificial turf field, in difficult weather conditions … But we lost against a team that has more quality. Those who were headlines are inferior to Bodo“Mourinho pointed out after conceding the heaviest loss of his career.
“If I could always play with them I would. I took a great risk. Before 6-1 I already knew the limitations of our players, but I expected a different response. I have spoken with them and I have been honest. Our best 12-13 footballers are at one level and the others at another. The only positive thing is that you will no longer ask me why they always play the same “, highlighted the Portuguese coach charging against his players. In the end they went through the group as first … but the double setback against the Norwegians (at home they tied (2 -2) left a mark.
Problems in Serie A and no triumphs against the ‘greats’
“Today I have to criticize my team. We did 70 very good minutes, but then came a psychological collapse. My players were scared. A team with personality would not have had these problems”, assured after losing (3-4) against Juventus … after winning 3-1! The three goals of the ‘Vecchia Signora’ in seven minutes snatched the victory. And the classification is unforgiving.
Roma is seventh at 17 points! of the leader Inter and nine of the Champions zone with one more game. In addition, although they are tied with Fiorentina (sixth and that closes the European positions) … they have two more meetings. The accounts do not come out for a team that is the most thrashed (28 goals against) of the first seven. Also, they don’t compete against the ‘big boys’. They tied (0-0) against Naples and lost to Juventus (1-0 and 3-4), Inter (0-3) and Milan (1-2 and 3-1).
Plague of injuries
“When you look at our team now, you get a little scared of so many injuries that we have,” declared Mourinho. Beyond the casualties due to coronavirus, Rome has been without several of its key pieces for some time. Pellegrini, Zaniolo, El Shaarawy … They have been in the dry dock, leaving the Portuguese coach with options in his eleven.
Roma is the ‘Calcium’ team that has spent the most money on transfers this season. The 125 million euros invested in Abraham (40), Kumbulla (26.5), Shomurodov (17.5), Via (Palmeiras), Rui Patricio (11.5), Ibez (9) and Reynolds (7) They have not given the necessary momentum to the team beyond the impact of English (14 goals in 27 games). And in that winter market more will come: the loan of Maitland-Niles (Arsenal) will be joined by Srgio Oliveira (Porto). “I want to take advantage of the three years of my contract to influence the team, but obviously I need the help of the club. We need to get out of our comfort zone: finishing sixth or seventh is too easy,” said Mourinho. Any help is little …