The Portuguese coach did not mince his words during the Europa League post-match press conference.
José Mourinho showed all his anger at a press conference after the duel between Roma and Servette for the Europa League. The Italians drew 1-1 with the Swiss team, blasting the former Manchester United manager in front of his team and even sending a message to Pep Guardiola.
“There are many who are on the bench and come into Serie A with a good attitude, but in the Europa League they seem lazy and don’t improve their game. either. Now we are going to a draw, which will be difficult because it will be against a team that comes from the Champions League. There are still two European matches remaining and I don’t want to dramatize the participation in the playoffs. The drama, if it exists, is the bad attitude that these players and those who entered had, was one of his first interventions at the conference, clearly showing his dissatisfaction with what was happening in the field.
Even Mourinho was encouraged to directly target some of his players. “There are players who once again lost the opportunity to prove themselves, like (Houssem) Aouar “, explained the coach.
It was a punitive tone, which did not change throughout the proceeding. “It’s always the same ones who stay focused during the 90 minutes and I don’t need to name them. Then there are people who have a somewhat superficial approach to these types of matches. It’s a shame there’s a camera in the locker room, because I always beat them up. “We took this moment of the match too lightly,” was another of his explanations.
But undoubtedly one of the most surprising moments was when the Portuguese gave the example of the Manchester City coach to explain whether these players would no longer be considered in the future. “Will they pay for this? Guardiola can do it. If he’s not happy with it, he says goodbye, kicks it and chooses another one. I can’t do that here. I can only try to push them every day in training, to get the best out of them,” he said.
Finally, the double winner of the Champions League gave his vast European experience as an example to once again highlight the lack of motivation of Roma players. “I really do not understand. I have played 150 matches in the Champions League which are much more important than this one and my motivation for these matches has always exploded. There are those who give us all 90 minutes and those who turn a blind eye to this competition,” he concluded.
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