Jose Mourinho Slams Roma Finishing Against Venezia

Venezia stunned Roma in a five-goal Serie A spectacle, turning a 2-1 half-time deficit into a 3-2 victory at the Stadio Pierluigi Penzo. Jose Mourinho, who is starting the feel the heat in Rome, rued his side’s missed opportunities as the Giallorossi surrendered the fourth place to Atalanta.

An encounter jammed-full of twists and turns witnessed a couple of comebacks, but Venezia eventually walked away with all three points. Mattia Caldara gave the home team an early lead, but Eldor Shomurodov and Tammy Abraham turned the game on its head on the stroke of half-time.

Roma continued to create chances and play attacking football, but a lack of ruthlessness in front of Sergio Romero came back to haunt them. Venezia’s long-term stalwart, Mattia Aramu, drew the Lagunari level midway through the second half before David Okereke completed the turnaround in the 74th minute with a composed finish. 

Despite falling behind for the second time, the visitors managed to keep their heads up and produce goalscoring chances one after another. However, Venezia withstood the pressure, recording their second win in five Serie A matches this season despite facing a staggering 27 shots on goal. 

The likes of Abraham, Carles Perez, and Stephan El Shaaraway have plenty of reason to regret after wasting numerous clear-cut chances. Their misses, coupled with Venezia’s clinical finishing, left Roma on a single win in seven fixtures across all competitions, as Mourinho starts to fear for his future in the capital.

During the post-match interview, the Special One slammed Roma’s lack of finishing touch. The Portuguese manager also took the opportunity to express his discontent with the refereeing.

We created many opportunities, many half-chances and when you get into dangerous positions and don’t make the right final ball, that is frustrating,” Mourinho told Sky Sport Italia, as relayed by Pagine Romaniste.

We did it about 20 times, with attacking players like Veretout and Pellegrini near the forwards, but we didn’t make the pass. How is it possible to create so much and then not score?

We conceded the first goal on a set play that we had practiced yesterday and still got the defending wrong. Another important part of the story is Venezia’s second goal. I have to protect myself here and keep my feelings to myself over what is happening.

I could’ve talked about the players who should’ve got yellow cards for tactical fouls, those are small details. 

I could say we had many chances to go 3-1 up, above all with El Shaarawy and it’s difficult to miss, but the truth is we were 2-1 up and in control. What happened, for me… I don’t want to say anything else. I prefer to just say it was a very, very important moment of the match. That is all.