Jose Mourinho blasts ‘weak’ Roma for ‘lack of personality’ after Juventus loss in Serie A | Football News

Jose Mourinho did not hold back in criticizing his Roma after losing 3-1 4-3 to Juventus, accusing the players of being “weak” and “lacking in personality”.

Roma, which made their debut with new signing Ainsley Maitland-Niles, appeared to be in control after goals from Tammy Abraham, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Lorenzo Pellegrini.

But Juventus scored three goals in seven minutes to overturn the game, before Wojciech Szczesny parried a Pellegrini penalty to preserve the lead.

It is Roma’s second consecutive Serie A defeat, following a 3-1 midweek defeat against AC Milan, and manager Mourinho is anything but impressed.

“We had total control for 70 minutes,” said the former Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham manager DAZN.

“The team played very well and had the mentality to take control, we went out and started strong. We had this idea of ​​the high press, control of time and initiative.

“It was so good for 70 minutes, then there was this psychological breakdown. The 3-2 killed us, because Felix [Afena-Gyan] he played an extraordinary match, which ended with a sprint against [Juan] Cuadrado. I take it off and its replacement [Eldor Shomurodov] everything is wrong.

“When we rehabilitated them for the 3-2, a team with a strong mentality like Juventus, a strong character. Fear started. A psychological complex. It’s not a problem for me to have a 3-2, it’s a problem for them For my team.

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“At the end of the day, when you’re in shit, you get up and find your temper. But there are people in this locker room who are a little too nice, a little too weak.

“I had already told the players that if the match had ended in the 70th minute it would have been an extraordinary performance. Unfortunately it didn’t end then.”

The defeat affects the first four hopes of Roma who remain seventh, nine points behind Atalanta, fourth, who also have a game in hand.

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Mourinho is hoping Maitland-Niles, who arrived on loan from Arsenal, will be followed by more reinforcements this month with “physicality and personality”.

“I never thought that my personality was enough. I thought it could be a little easier. For 70 minutes we played a game that is also a consequence of the talent we have, but in the main choices of the squad and the players who play it is often lack of personality, even in the management of emotions and in the game.

“I want to work here every day of these three years, not a day less. I need the help of the club that really matches our potential. Now we are hiring two players on loan to help the team, one was Maitland-Niles and a another midfielder that I think will arrive next week, a player with more physicality and personality, suited to have some responsibility.

“This thing of playing in the comfort zone, of playing six to seven is too easy for some personalities. We have to get out of that mindset.

“After Milan I told the boys that they are the ones who have to get close to me, it’s not me who has to become similar to their psychological profile. I don’t want to.”

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