Following a horrific 4-0 defeat to Udinese in Roma’s trip to the Dacia Arena, Mourinho struggled to find words in order to describe their frustrating display this evening when speaking to DAZN Italia following the fixture.
From possibly clinching the cream of the crop following Inter’s defeat to Milan yesterday, Roma were obliterated by I Zebrette’s swift counter-attacking play.
A poor touch from Rick Karsdorp within the box paved the for the rising wing-back Destiny Udogie to stun Mourinho’s men within the opening
Despite a double substitution from the “Special One” in order to introduce Andrea Belotti and Zeki Celik as an attempt to shift the tide, the Giallorossi plummeted to the bottom of the barrel.
A howler from Rui Patricio following Lazar Samardzic doubled Sottil’s side’s lead, allowing them to glide within the top four after two consecutive counter-attacking finishes from Roberto Pereyra and Sandi Lovric, causing the Portuguese tactician to be left within absolute despair.
“My explanation is it was a difficult game, a difficult opponent that knows how to play this type of game. You cannot go behind in these matches, otherwise they defend really well, go on the counter, can control the tempo, make tactical fouls, so if you go behind against them, you are already in trouble.
“We had a great chance early with Paulo Dybala, who aside from the result in my view was the best player on the pitch, but after that we were in their hands. Every time Udinese went on the counter, we conceded.
“Our chances were a header off the woodwork and a potential penalty that might’ve been offside anyway, but when you lose 4-0, you cannot talk about the referee. That is my rule.
“I will say that I prefer to lose one match 4-0 than four matches 1-0, because ultimately we only dropped three points rather than 12.
“It’s tough for us and the fans to swallow, but this is life, we have another game on Thursday and we go forward.”