José Mourinho blamed Roma’s “psychological complex” for their epic collapse against Juventus on Sunday when the home team capitulated a 3-1 lead in the Italian capital, and saw Juventus win 4-3 on a goal from Matías. from Sciglio in minute 77.
The loss means Roma are winless in their last three, with just two league wins since early December. That leaves Roma in seventh place in the Serie A table with 32 points, only able to maintain their position thanks to Lazio’s 2-1 loss to Inter that left them in eighth place.
After another frustrating result, Mourinho said he believes Roma have psychological problems that they will have to overcome.
Chelsea loan officer Tammy Abraham is having a fantastic season at Roma, but the rest of the team are struggling a lot. Italian international Stephan El Shaarawy has lost his starting position and only played 74 minutes against Juventus due to an early injury that forced Nicolo Zaniolo to leave, while goalkeeper Rui Patricio has conceded three or more goals in a league game. six times this year.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan has just seven goal contributions this season in over 1,500 minutes, while Chris Smalling looks like he’s 32 years old. Add the early loss of summer standout Leonardo Spinazzola to an anterior cruciate ligament tear at the end of Italy’s special race at Euro 2020, and it’s been a season to forget for José Mourinho.
What happened in the Roma vs. Juventus?
During the 70 minutes, Roma won two goals after Tammy Abraham, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Lorenzo Pellegrini scored.
Then everything fell apart. Juventus’ three goals came in a seven-minute span, started by Manuel Locatelli in the 70th minute, closely followed by Dejan Kulusevski two minutes later to equalize the score, and De Sciglio would finish in due time.
Roma had a chance to equalize after Mathijs de Ligt was penalized with one hand in the area, but Pellegrini’s penalty was saved in the 83rd minute by Wojciech Szczesny to preserve Juve’s victory.
What did Mourinho say?
“We were in full control for 70 minutes,” Mourinho told DAZN after the game. “The team played very well and had the mentality to take control, we went out and started strong. We had this idea of high pressure, of controlling the tempo and taking the initiative.
“It was so good for 70 minutes, then there was a psychological breakdown. The 3-2 killed us, because Felix [Afena-Gyan] had an extraordinary match, which ended with a sprint against [Juan] Square. I remove it and its replacement [Eldor Shomurodov] understand everything wrong. When we allowed them to enter 3-2, a team with a strong mentality like Juventus, a strong character, fear entered. A psychological complex. It’s not a problem for me to be 3-2, it’s a problem for them. for my team. “
“At the end of the day, when you’re in the sh * t, you get back on your feet and you find your character. But there are people in this locker room who are too kind, too weak. I already told the players, if the game had ended in the 70th minute it would have been an extraordinary performance. Unfortunately, it didn’t end then. “