Jose Mourinho news: The Portuguese tactician has reacted to AS Roma’s first defeat of the Serie A season, admitting it was tough to swallow.
Udinese brought Roma’s unbeaten start to the Serie A 22/23 campaign to an end, thrashing them 4-0 in their previous game in the Italian top-flight.
Destiny Udogie scored just five minutes into the match to give Udinese the lead at Stadio Friuli. Roma went into the halftime break trailing by a goal but they did not know things were about to become worse.
The hosts scored their second goal of the match in the 56th minute, with Lazar Samardzic putting the ball in the back of the net. Roberto Pereyra made it 3-0 for Udinese in the 75th minute. Sandi Lovric then completed Udinese’s rout of Roma with their fourth goal of the match in the 82nd minute.
“I will say that I prefer to lose one match 4-0 than four matches 1-0. It’s tough for us and the fans to swallow, but this is life, we have another game on Thursday and we go forward.”
Mourinho also aimed a dig at the match officials. He said they knew it was the ‘perfect official for a team like Udinese to play at home after learning who the referee for the game was.
Mourinho said: “When you lose 4-0, you cannot talk about the referee, but when we heard this was the referee for the game, we realised he was the perfect official for a team like Udinese to play at home.
“The first yellow card went to the artist of the match, that says it all.”
Roma could have gone top of the table had they won the game against Udinese. The defeat leaves them 5th in the points table with 10 points from five matches.
Udinese, also with 10 points, moved up to fourth in the table after their comprehensive win over Mourinho’s side.
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