Mourinho, after 6-1: "The grass was artificial and it scared us all"

The coach of Roma, the Portuguese José Mourinho, accepted "full responsibility" for the 1-6 defeat in the Europa League last Thursday against Norwegian Bodo Glimt, and admitted that he fielded an eleven with many rotations to limit the risks of low-temperature injuries and artificial grass.
"The grass was artificial and it scared us all. I thought it was an opportunity for some players to rest. I was wrong. My responsibility. Unfortunately, the defeat remains in the history of Roma and there is nothing I can do about that. Also, it stays in my history and it is deserved, "said Mourinho at the press conference prior to Roma-Napoli this Sunday.

"A result of this type happens once in a lifetime. On Thursday, it could even have ended 7-1 or 8-1, if we had played ten more minutes. The only person responsible is me. Neither the players, nor the property, nor (the sports director, Portuguese) Tiago Pinto. It was I who decided to line up a team that had a great chance of losing the game. Obviously, I did not imagine a disaster of this type, "he added.

A Message to Pallotta
Mourinho, who signed for the Rome of the American property of the Friedkin family, defended his relationship with the board, despite the fact that some Roman media claimed otherwise in recent reports, and sent some messages to the previous owner, also an American, James Pallotta.
"The property spent a lot of money to solve problems caused by people who now laugh. Surely there are people who laugh with their pockets full of money, "he said, probably referring to members of the former leadership.
 
"When someone writes that Mourinho is not happy with the property, he cannot tell a bigger lie. Does Mourinho want more players? Yes, Mourinho is like all coaches. Mourinho wants a balanced squad, with two players per position. Yes, but Mourinho has a lot of respect for Friedkin and Tiago and has decided to accept this job because he understands the situation, "he said.

On his return to Italian football, Mourinho has won five Serie A games and lost four, including the derby against Lazio, ahead of Sunday's meeting against leader Naples.
In the Europa League, Roma overwhelmed CSKA Sofa and Zorya, before suffering a 1-6 humiliation against Bodo.

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