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José Mourinho criticizes the ‘psychological collapse’ of Roma after the incredible comeback of Juventus

José Mourinho blamed Roma’s “psychological complex” for their epic collapse against Juventus on Sunday when the hosts capitulated to a 3-1 lead in the Italian capital, and Juventus won 4-3 on a goal from Matías de Sciglio. in minute 77.

The loss means Roma are winless in their last three, with just two league wins since early December. That leaves Roma only seventh in the Serie A table with 32 points, only able to maintain their position thanks to Lazio’s 2-1 loss to Inter that left them in the round of 16.

After another frustrating result, Mourinho said he believes Roma have psychological problems that they will have to overcome.

Tammy Abraham, on loan from Chelsea, is having a fantastic season at Roma, but the rest of the team are struggling a lot. Italian international Stephan El Shaarawy lost his starting position and only played 74 minutes against Juventus due to an early injury that forced Nicolo Zaniolo to retire, while goalkeeper Rui Patricio has conceded three or more goals in a league game in six times this year.

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Henrikh Mkhitaryan has just seven goal contributions this season in over 1,500 minutes, while Chris Smalling appears to be each in his 32s. Add the early loss of summer standout Leonardo Spinazzola to an anterior cruciate ligament tear at the end of Italy’s special race for Euro 2020, and it’s been a season to forget for José Mourinho.

What happened in the Roma vs. Juventus?

In the 70th minute, Roma raised two goals after Tammy Abraham, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Lorenzo Pellegrini had all scored.

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Then everything fell apart. Juventus’ three goals came in a seven-minute stretch, started by Manuel Locatelli in the 70th minute, closely followed by Dejan Kulusevski two minutes later to level the score, and De Sciglio would finish it off in due time.

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Roma had a chance to equalize after Mathijs de Ligt was called for a hand in the box, but Pellegrini’s penalty was saved in the 83rd minute by Wojciech Szczesny to preserve Juve’s victory.

What did Mourinho say?

“We were in full control for 70 minutes,” Mourinho told DAZN after the game. “The team played very well and had the mentality to take control, we went out and started strong. We had this idea of ​​the high press, of controlling the tempo and taking the initiative.

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“It was so good for 70 minutes, then there was a psychological breakdown. The 3-2 killed us, because Felix [Afena-Gyan] had an extraordinary match, which ended with a sprint against [Juan] Square. I take it off and its replacement [Eldor Shomurodov] everything is wrong. When we allowed them to come back in for 3-2, a team with a strong mentality like Juventus, a strong character, fear settled in. A psychological complex. It’s not a problem for me to be 3-2, it’s a problem for them. For my team. “

“At the end of the day, when you are in the shit, you recover and find your character. But there are people in this locker room who are too kind, too weak. I already told the players, if the game had ended in the 70th minute, it would have been an extraordinary performance. Unfortunately, it didn’t end then. “

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