Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 20:32• Jeroen van Poppel • Last update: 20:45

José Mourinho once again makes the Italian newspapers with some remarkable statements. The AS Roma trainer came back at the press conference to the surprising huge defeat of his team visiting Bodö/Glimt (1-6). Mourinho emphasized “not being an asshole” and having no problems with his club management.

Mourinho fielded a B team in the Conference League game on Thursday and was severely punished for it. For the first time in his coaching career, the Portuguese received six goals. Yet Mourinho does not want to put too much weight on it. “A result like this happens once in a lifetime, but I am the only one responsible for the defeat,” said the coach. “Neither the club, nor Tiago Pinto (the technical director, ed.). Whether I am unhappy at AS Roma? No. Just as it is incorrect that I am not happy with the team, that is something I never said. “

“There are many people who laugh at what has happened. Someone in the past has filled their pockets with causing a disaster at AS Roma, and now they are laughing…”, said a mysterious Mourinho, who did not explain further. he meant by that. The coach was asked if he wants new players. He aroused that suggestion by demonstratively setting up a B-team in Norway. “Yes, I want new players, like everyone else, but I’m not an asshole. I respect the owners and the board. I accept the situation and I understand it.”

AS Roma will play at home against Napoli on Sunday. “Tomorrow, the team that faced Juventus (1-0 loss, ed.) will enter the field,” Mourinho said. “We’re playing against a very strong coach, a well-prepared team, so it won’t be easy, but it won’t be easy for them either. We are up against the unbeaten leader who has won all eight league games. I like these kinds of challenges and we will do everything to win.” Finally, Mourinho came back to the defeat against Bodö. “Thursday’s game should not be forgotten, but I would rather lose the one against Bodö than against Napoli, because I think we will get enough points to continue in the Conference League.”