Jose Mourinho admits blame for Roma’s 4-0 Serie A defeat by Udinese

‘It was ugly, both for us and for the fans’: Jose Mourinho accepts blame for Roma’s 4-0 defeat by Udinese and laments ‘making mistakes at the worst times’

  • Jose Mourinho lamented his team’s mistakes as Roma lost 4-0 to Udinese
  • Udinese took the lead after five minutes and added three goals in the second half
  • Mourinho praised Udinese for making things very difficult for Roma

Jose Mourinho has accepted the blame after his Roma side were beaten 4-0 at Udinese.

Although Roma had a good chance early on through Paulo Dybala, Udinese took control of the game and kept causing problems for Roma.

Destiny Udogie, on loan from Tottenham, put Udinese ahead while Lazar Samardzic added a second.

Jose Mourinho accepted the blame after his Roma side were beaten 4-0 by Udinese

Jose Mourinho accepted the blame after his Roma side were beaten 4-0 by Udinese

Roberto Pereyra and Sandi Lovic also scored for the hosts.

Mourinho praised Udinese for the way they managed the game but was frustrated with his side’s performance.

Mourinho told DAZN: “It was a difficult match. It was a game where you couldn’t risk going down because they defend well, they know how to deal with the pace of the game, they are physical.

“If you go down against them, you’re already in trouble. We had good chances at the start with Dybala, who was our best player tonight.’

Destiny Udogie gave Roma the lead in the early stages of the Serie A clash

Destiny Udogie gave Roma the lead in the early stages of the Serie A clash

“But Udinese…every time they countered, they either created a chance or scored.”

Mourinho refused to criticize referee Fabio Maresca’s performance after the game.

He said: “The referee? If you lose 4-0, you don’t talk about the referee. I’d rather lose one game 4-0 than four games 1-0. That was ugly, both for us and for the fans. But it’s life and we move on.’

Mourinho explained that Paulo Dybala was Roma's best player on a difficult night

Mourinho explained that Paulo Dybala was Roma’s best player on a difficult night

Mourinho was particularly frustrated with mistakes made by his side, including defender Rick Karsdorp and goalkeeper Rui Patricio.

He said: “We made mistakes at the worst times of the game. As we approached 1-1, they practically closed. They tried everything not to let us play. Now let’s move on, we have 10 points. We are all here, we go our own way.’

Despite the defeat, Roma sit fifth in Serie A, just a point behind Serie A leaders Napoli.

Roma’s next game sees Ludogorets in the Europa League on Thursday before returning to the league at Empoli four days later.

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