Jose Mourinho explains Roma’s ups and downs after Empoli win

Andy Mattioli

Roma manager Jose Mourinho discussed his side’s frequent ups and downs following last night’s home victory with Empoli at Stadio Olimpico.

The Special One addressed the team’s misfortunes in the form of Dybala and Wijnaldum’s injuries as well as their inexperienced and limited roster.

“It’s always the same old story, Serie A is a marathon and anything can happen in a marathon,” he told reporters after the game.

“Injuries are normal in football, sometimes you need a little more luck, we were unlucky with Dybala and Wijnaldum but it’s part of football. The teams that have the possibility of not suffering from injuries are those who arrive at the end of the marathon with a better ranking than ours.”

“For us every injury, every suspension, every player who lowers his form is a problem for us. It’s difficult for a player to maintain a high level of form for 10 months, the teams that don’t suffer are the ones that have the best chance of going all the way and reaching their goals.”

“I’ve always said even before the last two defeats that with one game a week we can do important things. With three games a week, it becomes more difficult for us. Some fans don’t understand it but this is normal, fans love the club but football is not their area of expertise. People from the press talk to Twitter, they pretend not to understand, but I’m happy with my players and even when I’m not, I’m with them all the way.”

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