Mourinho’s use of substitutions under question

by | Oct 20, 2021 12:44

José Mourinho’s use of substitutions is under question as the Special One has picked just 22 players out of 31 so far in Serie A.

The former Tottenham and Manchester United coach is not happy about the squad’s depth and he made it clear after the Giallorossi’s 1-0 defeat against Juventus on Sunday.

Mourinho used only two of the possible five substitutions at the Allianz Stadium and when asked to explain his choice, he replied: “There are benches and benches in Serie A.

Video: Mourinho admits he is not happy with Roma’s depth

“Today we played with Karsdorp, who had been a doubt until the last moment and then we had Reynolds, Kumbulla and Calafiori.”

The Portuguese tactician has only used 22 of 31 players in Serie A so far this season.

Only Sampdoria and Udinese have used fewer players, with 20 each.

Mourinho heavily rotates his squad only during Conference League games.

Roma were the biggest spenders in Serie A last summer, having invested almost €100m in new signings.

The Giallorossi spent €97.7m to reinforce their team: only Arsenal, Manchester United, City, Chelsea and RB Leipzig invested more money in new players.



  1. jones

    This is like buying a 10 year old car and then saying wow this car is ten years old and not so good.

  2. Juve Fan

    He was a great coach until years ago and there after, he has become to an average coach with average results but talking to much to always be in media. He is a showman with many contradictory things.



  4. Matthew

    When was the last time we beat a top 4 team? Our depth is terrible hence the reason why we never win big games. We also need more veteran leadership. Pellegrini and Cristante leading the charge isn’t good enough. So long are the days of Totti, De Rossi and Nainggolan. Time for Roma to stop selling nostalgia and get results. Tammy Abraham is the best signing we’ve had in years and nobody is feeding that guy the ball yet we have Zaniolo running through an entire team like a chicken with his head cut off just to get injured each time. Makes no sense to me.

  5. Bob

    I watch with interest, to see how long before media outlets create negative nonsense. It is not as though Juve overran Roma, and there is the penalty / goal, so not a bad result

  6. Matthew

    Bob with all due respect, it sounds like Roma fans are happy with trying. I’m not satisfied with this team. That’s the worst Juve we’ve seen in years and we still couldn’t beat them. Where is the killer instinct? Only Tammy Abraham is playing with a point to prove. Problem with Roma is with the players. Not happy losing to the so called big clubs.

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