Europa League

Mourinho laments Roma’s ‘superficial’ attitude in 1-1 draw with Servette

Andy Mattioli

Roma boss Jose Mourinho was called upon to react to Roma’s deflating result in Geneva with Servette earlier tonight.

In an interview with Sky Sport, the Special One criticized the team’s attitude in what was a must-win game for the Giallorossi.

“We are superficial in moments when we are required to step up. There are players who missed their opportunity tonight.”

“Aouar? I’m not talking about him, I’m talking about other players, it seems that here away from home the people who go to the bench then come in play with an attitude that fails to improve the team.”

“I don’t think it’s a drama to play the playoffs, even if we face a team from the Champions League. We will play at the Olimpico again, I don’t want to make a drama about second place, it’s more dramatic that some players have missed their chance to make an impact, it’s an attitude that I’ve seen before. I really don’t understand, I’ve played 150 Champions League matches, which are more important than these, it seems that there are people who don’t have a great history in Europe and play these matches in a superficial way, they’re always the same in their attitude.”

“Cristante in defense? Without him we lose stability in midfield, but if someone is missing, he plays. He is a great example for others at this level, he plays with very high concentration. Paredes played another very serious match, he is a world champion, he plays here without superficiality, then there are people who feel comforted by this superficiality.”

“Will anyone pay for this? With us you can’t make them pay, Guardiola can do it, with us there is only the coach who can get to them… I will continue to hammer on these people.”

“Our team is fantastic, plenty of good people, serious people, who love Roma, but they are in a comfort zone. If we can instill this mentality in the team at home, away from home it is more difficult, obviously we could have won anyway.”