Roma suffered their sixth league defeat of the season this evening, falling to Bologna 1-0.
The Giallorossi were left frustrated by Sinisa Mihajlović’s side at the Stadio Dall’Ara and failed to find the back of the net despite several opportunities.
Mattias Svanberg scored the game’s only goal in the 35th minute, which proved enough to hand the Rossoblu all three points despite an xG (expected goals) of 0.22.
Making matters worse, Roma will be without striker Tammy Abraham and right back Rick Karsdorp for this weekend’s vitally important league showdown against Inter due to yellow card accumulation.
“We have to move fast because we have a match on Saturday and we’ll have to invent a formation,” José Mourinho said to DAZN at full-time.
“I give my compliments to Bologna and Sinisa, they fought a lot. But I also have to applaud my guys, who gave everything. We had a couple guys play despite dealing with some knocks.”
He continued, “I’ve got no negative feelings today. Even in defeat I’m proud of my team. It bothers me to see how he’s treated, but if I were Zaniolo, I would probably start thinking that it’d be difficult for me to keep playing in Serie A.”
Mourinho later elaborated on what he meant by this comment when he appeared on Roma TV.
“I’m speaking against my best interests, but I advise Zaniolo to go abroad because here in Italy it’s becoming impossible for him to play.”