Roma fans are turning on Jose Mourinho after the embarrassing 6-1 Conference League defeat to Bodo/Glimt.
The coach said he “took responsibility” for choosing this starting XI, but effectively blamed his second-string players for not being anywhere near the level of his favoured 13 figures.
Some supported his decision to throw these players under the bus, as Mourinho has been trying to say for months that there is no strength in depth, complaining he had very few alternatives to choose from.
However, the response from social media was largely condemning their coach.
“If his name wasn’t Mourinho, so protected by all of you, he’d already have his bags packed!” wrote one fan.
Another saw a recurring pattern to the Special One’s reaction to setbacks.
“As usual, Mourinho throws his players under the bus in the press conference, the same players he blasts every day in training.”
Paulo Fonseca was fired over the summer and some continue to miss the other Portuguese tactician.
“Was it Fonseca’s fault last season? Evidently that was not the case. The club did not sign strong players and now gets slapped around by minnows. At least last year it was Manchester United who scored six (and if Pau Lopez and Spinazzola weren’t injured, in my view we would’ve won). We just conceded six from a team I didn’t know existed.
“This season is over for me. I know how it will end already.”
MOURINHO: – @Glimt have better players than my players.
— Viaplay Fotball (@ViaplayFotball) October 21, 2021