Jose Mourinho admits Monza, who were down to ten men from the 41st minute, did not deserve to lose against Roma and explains what happened to his red card.
The Giallorossi looked completely uninspired for most of the match after Danilo D’Ambrosio was sent off in the first half.
Romelu Lukaku and Sardar Azmoun had a few shots, but Stephan El Shaarawy scored the only goal of the game in the 90th minute.
“I think that Monza did not deserve to lose the match. Obviously, I’m very happy with the points, but I always felt that my team was struggling. We made a lot of technical mistakes, the players were physically drained after long trips to international matches,” Mourinho told Sky Sport Italia.
“Monza has good players, a good coach and made it difficult for the whole game. We won with heart, because we tried everything to get there, we hit the goal post twice, while Monza also had scoring opportunities”, added Special One.
Inevitably, the absence of the injured Paulo Dybala and Lorenzo Pellegrini leaves Roma without creativity.
“It was a low game technically, but emotionally it was strong. Without Dybala and Pellegrini, we are missing a link. I tried to do it with Aouar, but he has a completely different profile. We tried with two centre-forwards and we had some positive results, but the truth is that when neither of them is creative or makes that connection with the midfield, it is more difficult.”
“Monza’s centre-backs are experienced, Pablo Mari was like a big tree in the middle that we couldn’t get past. They have players off the bench like Mota Carvalho and Vignato, oh Vignato was fantastic and caused us so many problems, we had to take risks and lose some of our consistency.”
Mou celebrated wildly on the touchline as if he had just won a trophy, but moments later was sent off for arguing with Raffaele Palladino’s staff at Monza, miming a ‘crying’ gesture.
“I made some gestures, I didn’t say anything offensive. This happened because last season some talented but inexperienced people said some bad things about us. Today, the only ones who put on a show on the field line and tried to put pressure on the referee were Monza. I’m honest, they’re a good team and they didn’t deserve to lose today,” continued the Portuguese.