Jose Mourinho spoke on Saturday ahead of AS Roma’s Serie A game against Napoli on Sunday, for his side’s change to bounce back from a stunning 6-1 defeat against Norwegians Bodo/Glimt in the UEFA Conference League last Thursday.
It is the first time in Mourinho’s long and trophy-laden managerial career that one of his teams has conceded six goals in a game.
“The team that played tonight is the same team that played against Juventus. With (Rick) Karsdorp and (Nicolo) Zaniolo in good condition. An unfortunate game. Maybe not for us. I don’t think that way. We are conducting a positive championship. With better performances than our results are showing. We have 15 points. But we could have more. We deserve more.”
Bodo/Glimt are the reigning Norwegian champions but have little pedigree in European competitions and, even taking on a second-string Roma side, this was a remarkable result.
“There are so many people laughing about what happened with Roma. Friedkin has received in hand – I can’t say the world because it starts with and S – mistakes from other people. The same goes for Tiago Pinto. The management has spent lots of money to fix mistakes which had been committed before. I am sure somebody is laughing. Some laughing with their pocket full of money.”
At the end of the game, Roma’s players – including England forward Tammy Abraham, who came on as a second-half substitute – were involved in a confrontation with away supporters as they thanked them for making the trip.
“When anybody writes about Mourinho not being happy with the current situation, it couldn’t be a bigger lie. Mourinho wants better players. Like all coaches want. Mourinho wants a balanced team. With two players in each position. Players of the same level. To be able to do a good turnover. To change five players at minute 60. But Mourinho isn’t an idiot. Mourinho has great respect for Friedkin and for Tiago. And has decided to accept this task with Roma. Because he understands the situation.”
The result put Bodo/Glimt top of Group C and on course to qualify for the next stage.