Mourinho aware of team’s shortcomings: “We struggled offensively.”

Andy Mattioli

Jose Mourinho was not happy with tonight’s display. His Roma managed to pull away with a draw at the Olimpico against Bodo/Glimt in the Conference League match-up.

The Special One was interviewed by Sky Sport minutes after the final whistle:

“They played a great game. We made a lot of mistakes from a technical point of view, even in the first half and in the build-up. We lost so many balls in the middle of the pitch. We struggled offensively.”

“The reality of the match is 2-2 with two very clear penalties. They got theirs very pragmatically – two shots, two goals. God knows how many shots we had and yet we end up with two goals.”

“Two clear penalties, that’s right. He (the ref) is now quietly returning home to Greece. I don’t know if it’s because there are people in the Conference League who start their careers internationally. In the first leg it was not the fault of the referees and I have not talked about it. Today, however, there were two clear penalties.”

On the lack of balance:

“The balance starts with the players we have at our disposal. Today without Vina I had a problem to solve, and decide who starts as left back.”

“If Ibanez plays full-back, who plays central? And after the first leg I had to protect Kumbulla and I don’t think this was a match for him. And after in midfield there was no Cristante but Darboe. And in place of Darboe, Villar.”

“I simply remember the match against Milan, when they were in trouble Tonali and Bakayoko entered. Today is a game where I didn’t feel any problems, we controlled well in the back.”

“Zaniolo, Tammy and Miki made mistakes in controlling the ball and passing it, we are not in a moment of technical clarity, we lack focus and we are struggling to score. But once more: the refereeing was decisive.”

“In difficult situations the team respected the colors and played hard until the end. It’s not just up to us to finish first, but it’s up to us to finish second.”

On Roma’s poor form:

“It is true. The player who is better off right now is El Shaarawy. Shomurodov is also not in a moment of great confidence.”

“We have lost a lot of points, however, partly due to the referees: look at the two matches against Juventus and Milan.”

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