With the Giallorossi’s trip to the Mapei Stadium to face Sassuolo underway, Roma boss Mourinho previewed the crucial fixture in the press.
Things didn’t go according to plan for the Special One’s side over the weekend as Roma suffered a major blow after losing 1-0 to bitter rivals Lazio following a howler from Ibanez, paving the way for Brazilian attacker Felipe Anderson to place a dagger in the heart of the Giallorossi.
Based on the league standings, Roma find themselves in sixth place with a total of 25 points, two points adrift from a spot within the top four.
While speaking to the media ahead of the clash against the Nerroverdi, relayed by La Gazzetta dello Sport, Mourinho spoke about his squad’s state following the loss within the Derby della Capitale:
There are people from whom I expected more. I am not satisfied with the decline of some players and I cannot hide it. But I will not name the names. What we need to improve is the acceptance of a different challenge than last year’s challenge. Growth in mentality, responsibility or ambition. We must not be satisfied that we have reached that level and we must try to go further. I’m talking about everyone. If I had been satisfied with my career in 2010 I would have stopped. The players have to ask for more of themselves.
The only player I can confirm for tomorrow is Ibanez. He will play plus 10 more. We need respect for those who, from the day I arrived until today, have given everything they have even in difficulties. Last year we had a period where he was the only central defender. This year he played in Seville when he was ill, he always gives everything. We win and lose together. He is untouchable.”