Jose Mourinho suffered arguably the worst defeat of his lengthy managerial career on Thursday night as Roma were humiliated 6-1 by Norwegian club Bodo/Glimt in the Europa Conference League
It was a painful night for Jose Mourinho and his Roma side as they went down to a humiliating 6-1 defeat against Bodo/Glimt.
The Portuguese boss was in a punchy mood after the game, where he used a familiar Mourinho tactic of blaming the players who were on the pitch as not being up to the sufficient standard.
Yet there was no hiding place for Mourinho after a humbling night against opposition who his Roma side were expected to comfortably defeat but found themselves on the wrong end of a heavy loss of their own.
Indeed, this was the first match of Mourinho’s entire managerial career – spanning 1,007 matches – that he had overseen his side concede six goals or more in one match and the only time his side had conceded five was his Real Madrid side going down 5-0 against Barcelonain El Clasico in 2010.
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This defeat was significantly more damaging due to the dynamic of the match and the nature of the defeat against an underdog.
The Italian media have not held back in their criticism of Mourinho and his side, underlining the extent of the failure.
The front page of Gazzetta dello Sport led their coverage of the game with the words “Mou and Roma, what a nightmare.”
Tuttosport called the match a “disaster” for both Roma and Mourinho, while Corriere dello Sport went into further detail of the Portuguese’s mistakes.
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The Rome-based paper wrote, as per Football Italia : “His responsibilities are evident and his super-offensive substitutions created the premises for humiliation.”
Mourinho may be able to count himself lucky that each of the three leading Italian sports dailies rated his managerial performance as 4/10 – which could be interpreted as generous.
While Roma made changes for the match it was still a strong team that included former Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio, alongside the likes of Roger Ibanez, Bryan Reynolds, Borja Mayoral, Amadou Diawara, Carles Perez and Gonzalo Villar.
Many of the Roma cavalry took to the pitch early in the second half; Tammy Abraham, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Bryan Cristante, Lorenzo Pellegrini and Eldor Shomurodov all being introduced in attacking moves – that ultimately left Mourinho’s defence badly exposed.
Perhaps even more painfully, Norway boss Stale Solbakken has said that while this result was big, it does not compare to the scalps that other Norwegian teams have claimed over the years.
Solbakken has said: “This is big. But we have to be a little aware of the context here, because it’s not as big as what Rosenborg did.
“That was the Champions League.
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“They beat Real Madrid, AC Milan and Borussia Dortmund.
“This is on a par with when Tromso and Viking beat Chelsea, when Brann beat PSV Eindhoven, and when Lillestrom beat Ajax in the 1970s.”
Thursday night’s result mean that Mourinho’s Roma side have now lost three of their last five matches in all competitions, following on from painful Serie A defeats against fierce city rivals Lazio and Juventus respectively.
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