Five things Mourinho mentioned after losing his first Rome derby

Roma suffered a 3-2 defeat to Lazio in Jose Mourinho’s first Derby Della Capitale on Sunday evening.

A sluggish opening 20 minutes from Roma’s perspective saw Lazio take a two-goal lead, before Roger Ibanez headed in his first Serie A goal to halve the deficit before half-time.

However, it wasn’t enough for Roma to stage a comeback, as Lazio restored their two-goal lead before Jordan Veretout pulled another back from the penalty spot.

It was one of the few decisions that went Roma’s way on the day – and indeed in the week after Lorenzo Pellegrini’s controversial red card that ruled him out of this game – but despite a brief burst of hope, there was to be no equaliser in the end.

Here are five comments Mourinho made after the match to DAZN.

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On the officiating

“The referee and VAR weren’t up to it tonight in this fantastic match. They made a mistake on the episode with [Nicolo] Zaniolo [who was fouled in the box before Lazio broke for their second goal] and then they opted against giving [Lucas] Leiva a second yellow card, which would have been huge. A few days ago Pellegrini was sent off for much less, but today there’s nothing?”

On how it influenced the latter stages

“We dominated and gave them a lot of problems. There isn’t much more to say. They managed the game in the final minutes and the referee allowed them to do so.”

On defensive issues

“I’m not worried about us defensively. I would be more worried if we decided not to play and didn’t try to win despite the difficulties we encountered. I’d also be worried if Lazio dominated us from start to finish.”

On dealing with counter attacks

“When you concede three goals, you made mistakes, but the second and third were counter attacks and the second was a situation where the team was expecting a penalty in favour and not a counter against.”

On what he said on the pitch to his players at full-time

“What we said stays between us. I wanted to immediately do the talk there, but with the same intimacy as the locker room.”

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