Jose Mourinho criticizes Roma players’ surface-level display, hones in on Aouar

Jose Mourinho heavily criticized his Roma squad for their 'shallow' approach during their 1-1 draw with Servette, specifically targeting Housseum Aouar for criticism.

Jose Mourinho Angry With Roma Players
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Roma’s bid for clinching the top spot in their Europa League group suffered a setback as they settled for a 1-1 draw against Swiss outfit Servette. The team managed to take the lead with Romelu Lukaku’s goal at the 21st-minute mark, but Servette’s Chris Bedia equalized five minutes into the second half, leading to both teams sharing a point. Following the match, Mourinho strongly criticized his players, particularly singling out summer signing Aouar.

Speaking to Sky Sport Italia, Mourinho expressed frustration, highlighting missed opportunities and a recurring issue of their lackluster starts in the second half. He lamented the team’s superficial attitude and their failure to grasp critical moments in the game. Mourinho specifically called out players, such as Aouar, for squandering chances to prove themselves and questioned the disparity in their attitude between Serie A and Europa League matches.

Roma is set to advance to the knockout stages of the Europa League but might face a challenging opponent who finishes third in their respective Champions League group. Despite their recent draw against Servette, Mourinho’s side faces the prospect of tougher matchups in the coming stages. With Mourinho rumored to depart at the end of the season, the additional fixtures pose an added challenge in their pursuit of silverware.

The team’s upcoming final group stage fixture against Sheriff on December 14 will be crucial. To secure the top spot and bypass the play-offs, Roma needs a victory against Sheriff while also relying on Servette to defeat Slavia.

Roma performance and stats

Roma

Manager: Daniele De Rossi
Rank 6th
Win 13
Draw 5
Loss 8
Goals 48-32
Diff 16
Rank 2nd
Win 4
Draw 1
Loss 1
Goals 12-4
Diff 8

Roma is currently 5th in the Serie A with 21 points.

In the last 13 games, it has won 6 times, drawn 3 times, and lost 4 times. In its last match, Roma won 3-1 against Udinese.​​

It has a positive goal difference after scoring 25 goals and conceding 15.​

Roma will play the next match in Serie A against Sassuolo on Sunday 3rd of December in Reggio nell’Emilia. The prediction is Roma winning the match.​