Jose Mourinho ripped into his Roma team for showing a lack of personality after they let go of a 3-1 lead to lose 4-3 to Juventus. Roma looked in control before Juventus turned the match on its head with three goals in the span of seven minutes. Wojciech Szczesny saved a penalty late on to deny Roma a share of the points. This was their second loss in a row after losing to Milan midweek 3-1.
“We were in total control for 70 minutes,” Roma boss Jose Mourinho said. “The team played really well and had the mentality of taking control, we came out and started strong. We had this idea of the high press, of controlling the tempo and taking the initiative. It was so good for 70 minutes, then there was this psychological collapse. The 3-2 killed us because Felix [Afena-Gyan] had an extraordinary game, which finished with a sprint against [Juan] Cuadrado. I take him off and his replacement [Eldor Shomurodov] gets it all wrong.”
“When we allowed them back in for 3-2, a team with a strong mentality like Juventus, a strong character. The fear set in. A psychological complex. It’s not a problem for me having 3-2, it’s a problem for them. For my team,” he added. “At the end of the day, when you’re in the s***, you get back on your feet and find your character. But there are people in this locker room who are a bit too nice, a bit too weak. I already told the players, if the game had ended at the 70th minute, it would’ve been an extraordinary performance. Unfortunately, it didn’t end then.”