Sun 13 March 2022 | 21:38

Roma players’ body language wrong right away - Mourinho

The Roma boss understood that some of his players displayed the wrong ‘body language’ right away during their 1-1 draw with Udinese. ‘I didn’t like that attitude.’


’s penalty in the stoppage-time helped them get rescued from 1-0 down and grab one point following

Nehuen Molina

’s opener.

Marvin Zeegelaar handled offence decisively and Lorenzo Pellegrini converted while keeping his cool.

I thought hopefully we had another two or three minutes to play and win,”

Jose Mourinho




“The game was not a surprise, because I already knew Udinese would play this way. After a couple of minutes, I realised my analysis was not wrong.

“We really got into the match with substitutions, fresh legs and I saw some players were really struggling after playing on Thursday in the Conference League, as Udinese had all week to prepare.

“It was a difficult match, I got the feeling if we had scored earlier, we’d have turned it around, but unfortunately it came late.

“Now we are unbeaten in eight Serie A games, four wins and four draws. If someone thinks a point away to Udinese or Sassuolo is disappointing, the fact is these are precious points in difficult situations and not defeats.”

The Giallorossi boss said he was concerned about playing very soon after their Europa Conference League victory against Vitesse on Thursday.

“You just need to watch the body language of players within a couple of minutes to understand. I saw two or three of my players’ body language and realised they didn’t have the intensity or the mental strength.

“I hear people want to make it so games must have at least 30 minutes of active football with the ball in play. We would’ve been here until midnight, because Udinese are so good at these situations, slowing everything down.

“They destabilise the opponent, get them booked. I was scared after Nico’s previous experiences and yellow cards, so he was a little scared too and held back, but he did well to play for 90 minutes.

“We moved the ball too slowly, we had more possession, but it was without aggression or intensity. It was the performance of a team at its peak against an opponent struggling.

“We cannot pick and choose which games are more important. We need to raise our level in every match. We lost at Verona and Venezia after the Conference League, we drew today, but we need a different spirit.

“I feel tired too, but I feel the fatigue after the game, whereas some of my players feel it before the game. I didn’t like that attitude.”

source: SportMob

DISCLAIMER! Sportmob does not claim ownership of any of the pictures posted on this website. Again, we do not host pictures or videos ourselves. Our authors merely link to the rightful owner. Lastly, Sportmob have carefully considered and reviewed all of its content. Despite that, it is possible that some information might be out-dated or incomplete.