This morning, it can be said that AS Roma marched to Servette’s field with an “order to win”, even to win with a large margin if they want to be sure to advance to the Europa League knock-out round. However, despite taking an early lead thanks to Romelu Lukaku, coach Jose Mourinho and his team could only leave with 1 point in hand after letting the home team find the equalizing goal.
In the match at the same time, Slavia Prague successfully fought back against Sheriff and won with a final score of 3-2. Currently, they are leading Group G with 2 points more than Roma, and are superior in terms of difference (+9 compared to +5). Therefore, with just a draw in the final match, Slavia will almost certainly move on to the top position. Meanwhile, unless a “dream” scenario takes place, Roma will most likely have to enter the play-off series.
“Once again, we were superficial in our playing attitude. There are players who miss the opportunity to prove themselves, such as Aouar. There are some guys who sit on the bench and come on in Serie A with a great attitude, but then they play in the Europa League with a slow attitude, like they’re not used to being on the bench and have no impact. on the match.”, Mourinho discussed in the post-match press conference.
“I really don’t understand. I’ve been through 150 Champions League matches as a coach, much more difficult matches. But, it seems there are people who don’t have a good record in Europe and play matches like this at a minimal level.”
It’s easy to understand Mourinho’s disappointment, because some Roma players played really poorly against Servette. Obviously, for “The Special One” to publicly criticize, Houssem Aouar certainly had a below average performance. And not only the superficial attitude, in terms of professionalism, the former Lyon star also completely failed to meet the requirements with what he showed in the last match.
According to data from Fotmob, Aouar received 5 defeats in 6 duels and only had 1/3 successful aerial duels against Servette. He did not have any passes to create scoring opportunities, and the midfielder’s only shot did not hit the target. In addition, the French midfielder did not have a successful tackle or an accurate long pass, and with a score of 6.1, he was the player Fotmob scored lowest in this match.
“No one will pay the price. Guardiola can do that, if he is not happy with a player, he will say goodbye, kick that player out and choose someone else. Here, I can’t do that. I can only try to continue to train them every day during training to achieve the best results in this team,” Mourinho shared.
Luckily for Aouar, because Mourinho is not coach Pep Guardiola, and he will not have enough conditions to remove him from the squad when the quality of Roma’s midfield is already not highly appreciated. But of course, if he wants to have the opportunity to play regularly, Aouar still needs to make great efforts during training.
Huynh Phong | 10:22 December 1, 2023