Jose Mourinho recorded his worst defeat as a manager in Serie A after Roma went down 4-0 against Udinese last night. So far, the Special had lost by four goals only in England and Spain. His only league defeats by such a wide margin were with Real Madrid against Barcelona (0:5) in 2010 and with Chelsea against Manchester United (0:4) in 2016. He took a philosophical look at things and announced that he preferred such a defeat.
“Better to lose 0-4 once than 0-1 four times,” Mourinho said. “It’s difficult for us and the fans, but that’s life. On Thursday we have another game. That’s what I told my players in the dressing room. We met a very strong physical and experienced opponent. When you’re behind in the result at the beginning it’s very difficult. We had situation right at the start of the match through Dybala, who despite the result was the best on the field”.
The Portuguese also commented on Maresca’s refereeing. Even before the match, Mourinho said about Udinese that “they know how to influence the referee”. “He could have given us a penalty at 0:1 but when you fall 0:4 you can’t talk about the referee. However, he was the perfect profile for a team like Udinese in such a match”.
The coach also commented on the mistakes of his players. Rick Karsdorp gifted the first goal to Destiny Udoji and was substituted at the break. “We had the opportunity to equalize for 1:1 or reduce to 1:2, but we didn’t take the chances. The individual mistakes? In my team we always talk about the team. We have 10 points and many teams are close to us. Congratulations to Udinese who were perfect”.