'Rome Derby was ruined by the referee and VAR' – Jose Mourinho

Sun 26 September 2021 | 21:20

Roma boss Jose Mourinho has said Italian football gas improved a lot over the last decade, but the match official and VAR ruined the game.


 ended their four-match winless run by beating


 3-2 in Derby della Capitale on Sunday.

Unlike Biancocelesti, the Giallorossi headed into the game in good form after picking up four victories in their five opening games, but they were beat by their old rivals at the Stadio Olimpico.

Goals from






Felipe Anderson

gave Lazio a narrow derby win over Roma at Stadio Olimpico.

After the final whistle, Mourinho gathered his team on the pitch and made a speech.

“What we said stays between us. I wanted to immediately do the talk there, but with the same intimacy as the locker room,” Mourinho told DAZN.

“Let me say something positive first, which is that Italian football has improved a great deal from 10 years ago. The quality of football, the attacking approach, the desire to win, has all improved.”

Speaking after the game, the Portuguese coach criticized referee

Marco Guida

and the VAR officials after what he saw as a clear foul on

Nicolo Zaniolo

just before Lazio launched the counter-attack which ended with former Roma player Pedro putting Lazio 2-0 ahead in the 19th minute.

“Unfortunately, a fantastic game was ruined by the referee and VAR, who were not at the right level for this match.

“The second goal could’ve been 1-1, it went to 2-0. The second yellow for Lucas Leiva was important too, because playing against 10 men makes a big difference. Pellegrini got a red, today Leiva got nothing.

“I think my team was the best on the field today. When you concede three goals, you made mistakes, but the second and third were counter-attacks and the second was a situation where the team was expecting a penalty in favor and not a counter against.

“We dominated, we gave Lazio huge problems, they controlled the final minutes the way they wanted to, and because the referee allowed them to do so.”

source: SportMob

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