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Jose Mourinho laments Roma’s “weak” players and his “lack of personality” after giving up two goals ahead of Juventus as Arsenal lender Ainsley Maitland-Niles made his debut through ex-boss Chelsea


Jose Mourinho didn’t shy away from his Roma players for giving a 3-1 lead to lose 4-3 to Juventus.

In a crazy Serie A game, the hosts won with 20 minutes left but ceded a winning position in what was Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ first departure for the club since signing on loan from Arsenal.

Mourinho couldn’t believe what he saw from his players
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In what was a win-win game for the hosts as they looked to keep in touch for a top-four ranking, goals from Tammy Abraham, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Lorenzo Pellegrini had given Roma a significant advantage over Juve. .

However, goals from Manuel Locatelli, Dejan Kulusevski and Mattia De Sciglio gave the visitors a sensational turnaround who were also in debt to their goalkeeper and former Arsenal man Wojciech Szczesny, who saved a late-game penalty.

Mourinho was less than satisfied in his post-match press conference.

“We had full control for 70 minutes,” the former Manchester United and Tottenham manager told DAZN.

Jose Mourinho laments Roma’s “weak” players and his “lack of personality” after giving up two goals ahead of Juventus as Arsenal lender Ainsley Maitland-Niles made his debut through ex-boss Chelsea
Defeat leaves Roma seventh, nine points behind fourth-placed Atalanta
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“The team played really 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.

“It was so good for 70 minutes and then there was this psychological breakdown. The 3-2 killed us, because Felix [Afena-Gyan] had an amazing match, which ended in a sprint against [Juan] Cuadrado.

“I remove him and his replacement [Eldor Shomurodov] has it all wrong.

Jose Mourinho laments Roma’s “weak” players and his “lack of personality” after giving up two goals ahead of Juventus as Arsenal lender Ainsley Maitland-Niles made his debut through ex-boss Chelsea
Pellegrini could have spared Roma blush if he had converted on the spot late in the game
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“When we allowed them to come back for 3-2, a team with a strong mentality like Juventus, a strong character. Fear has set in.

“A psychological complex. It’s not a problem for me to have 3-2, it’s a problem for them. For my team.

“At the end of the day, when you’re in trouble, you get back on your feet and find your character. But there are people in this locker room who are a little too nice, a little too weak.

“I have already told the players that if the game had ended in the 70th minute it would have been an amazing performance. Unfortunately, it didn’t stop there.

Jose Mourinho laments Roma’s “weak” players and his “lack of personality” after giving up two goals ahead of Juventus as Arsenal lender Ainsley Maitland-Niles made his debut through ex-boss Chelsea
Former Chelsea striker Abraham scored in the game but still found himself on the losing side
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Maintland-Niles made his debut with Mourinho at right-back who said more signings would come as he continued to lament his side’s performance.

“I never thought my personality was enough. I thought it could be a little easier.

“For 70 minutes, we played a game which is also a consequence of the talent that we have, but in the main choices of the team and the players who play there, there is often a lack of personality, even in the management emotions and in the game.

“I want to work here every day of these three years, not a day less. I need the help of the club which really matches our potential.

“Now we are signing two players on loan to help the team, one was Maitland-Niles and another midfielder who I think will arrive next week. A player with more physique and personality, fit to to have responsibilities.

Jose Mourinho laments Roma’s “weak” players and his “lack of personality” after giving up two goals ahead of Juventus as Arsenal lender Ainsley Maitland-Niles made his debut through ex-boss Chelsea
The Arsenal man hopes his matches for Roma in the future will be more positive
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“This thing of playing in the comfort zone, of playing between six and seven is too easy for some people. We have to get out of this mentality.

“After [AC] Milan I told the guys that it’s them who have to get closer to me, it’s not me who has to become like their psychological profile. I do not want.

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