Mourinho Proud of Roma Players Despite Napoli Defeat

Roma succumbed to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Napoli at the Stadio Olimpico, failing to jump into the top-four. Victor Osimhen scored the winner ten minutes before full-time with a thumping shot past Rui Patricio into the left corner to hand the Partenopei all three points.

Jose Mourinho spoke to the microphones of Roma TV (via TuttoNapoli) after the match and shed his thoughts on the tough defeat that leaves the Giallorossi reeling in fifth position.

“Difficult match, even for them. They may feel that they have controlled the game. Us too but not to win it. The boys deserved more, this is the story of the match.”

The Special One went on to back his team despite the loss at home and reasoned with what caused it.

“This is why I am always with them, after a defeat or after a victory. This is the nature of this group. What moved the game a little bit on their side were too many yellows in key roles. Smalling booked against Osimhen, Cristante booked in the middle of the field against strong players outgoing. This difficulty prompted us to be less aggressive and give him more possession. Within our limits, a good game and an undeserved defeat.”

With the victory, Napoli sit atop Serie A standings, pulling three clear off second-placed and reigning champions Milan. Meanwhile, Roma sit fifth, two points behind Atalanta.

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