Roma continued their habit of leaving it late thanks to a 95th minute equaliser to earn a 1-1 draw against Udinese this evening.
Lorenzo Pellegrini buried the 95th minute penalty awarded to Roma following Marvin Zeegelaar’s clumsy handed ball.
The late equaliser extended the capital club’s unbeaten streak to nine, however, they did lose ground in the chase for the fourth and final Champions League place.
When asked to assess his team’s performance, Roma boss Jose Mourinho conceded fatigue played a factor following Thursday’s Conference League win over Vitesse.
“This is exactly the type of game I expected,” Mourinho told DAZN.
“We knew this is how Udinese would play so our pre-match analysis was spot on. I think we really started getting into the game once we made the substitutions.”
“I thought some of the guys were dealing with fatigue and couldn’t get into a rhythm. I can’t help but feel if we scored earlier it would’ve been a different game.”
He continued, “It’s been some time since we suffered a defeat and it was good to get a result at the end. But I think 2-3 of my players were lacking tonight in mental strength and intensity.”
“We didn’t move the ball quick enough. I told the players that you can’t pick and choose games, every single match is important.”
“Last Thursday was important, tonight was important, and next Thursday will be important. We need to improve our mental strength.”