Mourinho: ‘Roma have a gap in quality between two groups of players’

Thu 21 October 2021 | 20:37

Roma manager Jose Mourinho has taken full responsibility for their 6-1 defeat to Bodo/Glimt, but insists the Gialorossi have only 13 players at the top level.

Jose Mourinho

has suffered the heaviest defeat of his managerial career after


were thrashed 6-1 by Norwegian minnows



“I decided to play with this line-up, so the responsibility is mine,”

the coach told

Sky Sport Italia


“I did it with good intentions, to give an opportunity to those who work hard and to rotate the squad on a synthetic pitch in cold weather. I decided to rest many players.

“We lost against a team that showed more quality on the night. It’s that simple.”


Tiago Pinto

stated before the game that the media was attempting to incite conflict between Mourinho and the club due to a lack of depth, but the coach needed no help in broaching the topic.

“If I could always play with the same XI, then I would. It’s risky, because we have a huge gap in quality between the two groups of players. I knew the limits of this squad, it is not new to me, but I still expected a better response. As I said, it’s my choice to play them, so my responsibility.”

Will this heavy defeat damage Roma’s confidence going forward this season?

“Every defeat does damage. I spoke to the players and was honest. I was honest with them, I cannot be honest with you.

“I never disguised the fact we were a squad with real limitations. We have 13 players who represent one team, the others are on a different level.

“At least the positive thing from now on is that nobody will ask me why I always use the same players.”

source: SportMob

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