José Mourinho praises Roma players despite a 1-0 loss at Bologna and suggests referee make it difficult for Nicolò Zaniolo to play in Serie A.
The Giallorossi slipped six points behind fourth-placed Atalanta after today’s defeat at the Stadio Dall’Ara.
“Credit to Sinisa [Mihajlovic] and Bologna, they played a great game. But credit to my players too. They gave it their all against everything and everyone,” Mourinho told DAZN.
“Injuries before the game, injuries during the game, ‘hidden’ injuries to players who played the full 90 minutes. Then there were a few incidents but my players kept fighting.
“I am proud of these guys, I don’t have negative feelings towards them.”
Mourinho didn’t seem to be impressed by the refereeing. Tammy Abraham received a debatable yellow card in the first half, so he will be suspended against Inter on Saturday.
Luca Pairetto punished him after what appeared to be an accidental collision with Bologna midfielder Mattias Svanberg just before half time.
Rick Karsdorp was also shown a yellow card and will be suspended against Inter, while Nicolò Zaniolo was booked for diving.
However, the Italian wasn’t on a yellow card, so he will be available against the Nerazzurri.
“I’ll have to invent the line-up on Saturday,” said Mourinho,
“Luckily, I replaced [Gianluca] Mancini. Otherwise, he may have been booked too.
“I will finish with one observation. I want to say something that probably goes against my interests: if I were Nicolo Zaniolo, I would start thinking that perhaps playing in Serie A means things will be stacked against me.”
Mourinho left the interview with DAZN after replying to the question about the Italian starlet who has scored two goals in the Conference League, but none in Serie A this season.
"Bologna fought hard and got the three points. Congratulations to them.
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