- Report: Jose Mourinho’s Roma was humiliated during trip to Norway
- The result marked the first time a Mourinho side conceded six goals in a game.
- Full-time, the furious coach blamed a lack of quality from his second string
- He insisted that Bodo/Glimt’s starting XI was ‘better’ than the line-up he named
- Reflecting on the damage done, Mourinho said the changes were a ‘mistake’
Jose Mourinho was forced to suffer the biggest defeat of his career when Bodo/Glimt defeated his Roma side in the Europa Conference League – and then began blaming his squad for a lack of quality.
The result also marked one of the most surprising failures during his long time in coaching, with Mourinho lamenting the fact that he doesn’t have a ‘very good’ group of players and instead just a strong starting XI. .
A Roma team lacking restraint and confidence found themselves trailing 2-1 at half-time against the dominant Norwegian champions on Thursday night and scored four more goals, despite Mourinho making several changes.
Jose Mourinho insists Roma are ‘not a very good team’ after defeat at Bodo/Glimt
Soon after the final whistle, it was confirmed that a side managed by Mourinho had scored six or more goals in a single game for the first time – the 1,008th match of his career – and, little surprise, he came out of the fight.
Asked about his post-match thoughts, Mourinho said: ‘He has more quality than us. Their first team is a much better team than our second team.
‘It’s my fault. I wanted to rest the players after the game against Juventus and before the game against Napoli. I made these decisions, and in the end, they are better players than my players. They are a better team than my team.
Roma were shocked by the way the Europa Conference League defeat in Norway
‘Of course, 6-1 could be five, could be seven, could be eight. The game went in a direction where you lose complete control over the emotions, over everything. The reality of the game is that the best team wins with the best players.
‘All I can say is that I tried to do it with good intentions, to rest my players for the next game, but we were punished for it. They are better than us.
Roma set a record of 100 percent in the newly-established competition, before losing the crush, and Mourinho opted to ring the changes. Players like Tammy Abraham, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Lorenzo Pellegrini were named on the bench.
In the end, even though several first-team regulars were thrown out, the visitors were unable to get back a respectable result. Amazingly, though, Mourinho saw the downfall of his players rather than the virtues of Bodo/Glimt.
Eric Bothim (L) scored a brace – with a goal in each half – to propel his side to beat Mourinho
Roma set a 100 percent record in the competition before Minno (above) defeated him.
Asked how impressed he is with young children, Mourinho said: ‘I am not impressed. I knew they were a good team. We analyzed them with all the respect they deserved. I knew they were a good team.
“Of course I would expect more from my second line players, that’s what I would say.
Losing three, four, five, six, seven makes a difference. If I had any doubts, and I didn’t have many, we have a pretty good team; We don’t have a very good team.
‘Today, we didn’t play with the team, we played with the team. We were punished by this.’
Patrick Berg (R) was also on target against a weaker Roma side, which made several changes.
Mourinho believes the hosts’ first team has more quality than their second string line-up
Eric Bothim and Patrick Berg netted for Bodo/Glimt leaving Roma on an artificial pitch, but Carles Pérez halved the deficit with a fine finish.
After that, though, it was the underdogs who took charge. Ola Solbakken made a solo effort before Bothim tapped to secure his brace.
Mourinho’s misery was extended of late, with Amahl Pellegrino adding a fifth, before Solbakken also scored his double to complete the seven-goal thriller.
Roma captain Pellegrini was brought up in the 60th minute – and later apologized to supporters. He acknowledged that his team had been ‘slapped in the face’, and vowed that they would respond to their humble loss.
Forced to watch during defeat, Mourinho cut a pathetic figure in his post-match talk
Roma captain Lorenzo Pellegrini (centre) issued an apology to supporters after the game
‘I can say very little, I can only apologize and get back on track stronger than before. We said what we wanted in the locker room and he stays there.
‘Sometimes you need a slap to learn and today we got a slap in the face, which we totally deserved. We have to make sure that we learn from this embarrassment and maintain the same attitude for the rest of the season.
Asked if he was worried about the way the defeat was going, midfielder Pellegrini said it was only a sense of anger that would motivate him.
He said, ‘No, I am angry. ‘I’m not worried, not disappointed, just angry. From tomorrow we will have to work harder because there are games to win.