After draw to Monza, Mourinho admits lack of depth impacting Roma

MONZA, ITALY - MAY 03: AS Roma head coach Jose Mourinho looks on during the Serie A match between AC Monza and AS Roma at Stadio Brianteo on May 03, 2023 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)
RomaPress Staff

After suffering their third match in a row without a win, Roma boss Jose Mourinho admitted his squad’s lack of depth is having an adverse effect following their 1-1 draw against Monza.

The Giallorossi dropped to 7th in the Serie A table after they were held by the Biancorossi this evening, putting them two points outside a Champions League place.

“We were lacking a bit of attention but the team’s attention on the pitch is directly affected by physical condition,” Mourinho told DAZN.

“You lose concentration when you’re fatigued. We’ve got guys like Pellegrini, Cristante, and Mancini, who are at their physical limits, having to play every single game and giving everything they have.”

“There’s a lot of difficulties we’ve got to face such as constantly playing the same guys in addition to guys that don’t have much experience and lack the quality to feature at this level.”

“Our bench is non-existent. We knew tonight would be tough and the lads did their best. It’d be biased of me to say we deserved to win but playing a game overseen by the worst referee (Daniele Chiffi) I’ve ever witnessed in my career, and I’ve seen many bad ones, makes it even more difficult.’

Adding, “As a club, Roma don’t have the strength to say ‘We don’t want this referee’ like other clubs do. This is where the club must grow, they don’t have this DNA.”

“That’s why I left the pitch early. I was desperate to say some things to Chiffi but I would’ve gotten sent off and I didn’t want to do that to my squad.”

“But as for us, when you’ve got 30 players that are all at the same level you’re able to rotate the team more easily but this isn’t our reality.”

“The teams that were terrible in Europe got eliminated early on and now only have to worry about playing one game each week–this isn’t the case for us.”