The Portuguese military leader spoke up after Roma’s 3-4 defeat to Juventus in the 21st round of Serie A at dawn on January 10 (Hanoi time).
“Roma dominated the game for 70 minutes. We had a good approach to the game and operated the game. However, the psychological breakdown caused Roma to fail. The players panicked when Juventus shortened the score to 2-3. After Shomorodov came on, he did not handle well and led to the opponent’s equalizer,” Gianluca di Marzio quoted coach Jose Mourinho as saying.
Before strong opponents in Serie A this season, Mourinho’s Roma lost to Lazio, Inter, Milan (2 times), Juventus (2 times), drew Napoli and only won Atalanta.
“The special person” admits Roma is having problems facing big opponents this season: “The loss hurt me. Everything could have been easier. My players talented but lacks a lot of personality. Roma do not yet have a player who leads and is capable of helping teammates control emotions on the pitch.”
This is only the second time in a career that a club led by Mourinho has lost when leading by 2 goals. In the past, Brentford used to win against Chelsea (directed by Mourinho – PV) with a score of 4-2 in the 2015 FA Cup. At that time, Brentford was leading 0-2 until the 41st minute.
Also in the press conference after the match, coach Mourinho confirmed Roma will recruit another central midfielder in the mid-season transfer window. He wants to have a passer with personality, responsibility and good fitness.
Meanwhile, assistant coach Juventus, Mr. Landucci, said that the moment Locatelli headed to shorten the score to 2-3 in the 70th minute, it opened the victory for the Turin team: “Locatelli’s goal helped us play with determination. Juventus show bravery but still need to improve a lot in performance, especially in defense.”
3 points at Olimpico helped Juventus to narrow the gap with the top 4 to 3 points, while Roma ranked 8th with 3 consecutive matches without winning (2 losses, 1 draw).