Five things Mourinho mentioned after Roma’s 1-0 defeat to Bologna

Roma’s winning run came to an end on Wednesday night when they were beaten 1-0 by Bologna.

Mattias Svanberg scored the only goal for the hosts in the first half, providing another reality check for Jose Mourinho.

Here are five of his main post-match quotes.

On how he rated his players

“They gave it their all even though they seemed to be up against everything and anything; injuries before the game, injuries during the game, ‘hidden’ injuries to players who played the full 90 minutes. Then there were a few incidents … but my players kept fighting.”

On defending his squad

“I am always proud of these boys. Because even if we have lost, I don’t have a bitter taste about it. I stand behind them.”

On the opponents

“Congratulations to Bologna, to Sinisa [Mihajlovic], to the players – they fought hard and got the three points. Congratulations to them.”

On Tammy Abraham and Rick Karsdorp getting suspended for the next game

“We have a game on Saturday and we will have to come up with a team for that one now. At least I took off Gianluca Mancini when I did, otherwise probably he would have got a yellow card too and missed the game with Inter.”

On Nicolo Zaniolo

“I want to say something that probably goes against my interests: if I were Nicolo Zaniolo, I would start thinking that perhaps playing in Serie A means things will be stacked against me.”

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