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Jose Mourinho Speaks of Roma Psychological Collapse

Former Manchester United and Chelsea head coach Jose Mourinho who is now the manager of AS Roma has come out to say his AS Roma suffered a “psychological collapse” after conceding three goals in seven minutes in their loss to Juventus.

Jose Mourinho Blast AS Roma Poor Form after Juve Defeat

AS Roma had led 3-1 with 20 minutes left before Juventus started their comeback. Roma’s Lorenzo Pellegrini also had a late penalty saved by Wojciech Szczesny after Matthijs de Light had been shown a second yellow card for handball.

Jose Mourinho Speaks Of Roma Psychological Collapse

Speaking about the loss, the Portuguese said: “We did very well for 70 minutes, but after that, it was a psychological collapse.” Jose Mourinho also said: “When you’re in trouble you’re supposed to get back up and show what you’re made of, but there are people in the changing room here who are a bit too nice, a bit too weak.”

Jose Mourinho’s AS Roma went ahead in the first 11 minutes of the game when Tammy Abraham nodded home Jordan Veretout’s near-post corner for his 14th goal in all competitions this season. Paulo Dybala leveled for Juve shortly before half-time with a guided effort into the corner from the edge of the box.

Jose Mourinho Speaks Of Roma Psychological Collapse

Former Arsenal and Manchester United player Henrikh Mkhitaryan restored Roma’s lead at the start of the second half when his long-range effort deflected off Daniele Rugani and looped over Szczesny before Pellegrini curled a stunning 25-yard free-kick into the top corner to put the home side seemingly on course for a comfortable victory.

However, Juventus comeback began on 70 minutes when Manuel Locatelli headed home Alvaro Morata’s cross from six yards. Two minutes later, Dejan Kulusevski saw his close-range range strike initially ruled out for offside, but the decision was overturned after a lengthy video assistant referee check.

Mattia De Sciglio then drilled home the winner into the bottom corner from inside the area. There was still time for more drama inside the final 10 minutes when center-back De Light was sent off for a second bookable offense after blocking Abraham’s shot with his arm in the area.

AS Roma has the chance to level the scores for Jose Mourinho’s when Pellegrini was to take a spot-kick but Szczesny guessed the right way and palmed the ball clear. The win keeps Juventus fifth and three points behind Atalanta, who sit fourth in the final Champions League spot after thrashing Udinese 6-2. Roma stays in eighth place.

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