Five things Mourinho mentioned after Roma’s goalless draw with Bologna

Roma had to settle for a point in their Serie A fixture with Bologna on Sunday after neither side could score.

There were a couple of chances for both sides, Roma’s most notable coming from a Lorenzo Pellegrini volley, but a rotated side could not get past ex-Giallorossi goalkeeper Lukasz Skorupski.

Here’s how Jose Mourinho reacted.

On a lack of quality

“The game lacked quality. The team that wanted to win tonight did not do enough to win and the side that didn’t come here to win played the way they wanted to play. And the referee let them do that. It was a game that lacked real quality.”

On fatigue after Leicester

“Absolutely. They were both factors: last week’s game and the one coming this Thursday. We are in a great situation, but it’s a tough one too: after the next game [on Thursday] we will have played 14 games in Europe this season and that, alongside the league, is really very difficult. Leicester today rested nine players [against Tottenham].”

On trying to win

“The situation is tough for us, but our aim tonight was still to win the game. We tried that, we wasted a few opportunities and then after that the game became much tougher for us. So that’s on us, we did not play well enough, but it is also on them because they played the sort of game they wanted to. And it’s also on the referee, who was never worried about the quality of the spectacle and let them do that.”

On making four subs at once

“Obviously I tried to introduce more quality into the game, but we didn’t get the impact that perhaps I was thinking.”

On which changes had an impact

“Of the four players that came on, I can say that Lorenzo Pellegrini and Rick Karsdorp had a positive impact, whereas Tammy Abraham and Nicola Zalewski didn’t come in and do so well – they came on for 30 minutes but really they were only properly involved in 15 or so of those. We had a few chances to score but not enough.”

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