The Europa League clash between Slavia Prague and Roma has resulted in a win for the home team. The news is being covered by the BBC sports team. The pre-Rome derby controversies have complicated Roma’s trip to Prague. Manager Mourinho indirectly admitted that Sarri was right when he insinuated that the match with Slavia was “a friendly”. “The allegations against the team are not enough,” said Mourinho, as reported by La Gazzetta dello Sport. “It’s not the first time Roma has been purely defensive. Zero shots in 45 minutes is a serious accusation.”
Mourinho had initially emphasized the seriousness of an official competition, but the team’s lackluster performance betrayed his words. “From an individual point of view, very few had the right and correct professional attitude as I like, many did not have the right attitude for a serious game, with concrete objectives,” Mourinho said. “Only Bove did not deserve to lose, but if only a 20-year-old has the right attitude, you can’t make it.”
The comprehensive stats for the game also paint a damning picture for Roma, with Slavia recording more than triple the shots compared to their opponents. La Gazzetta dello Sport disagreed with Mourinho’s assessment of the team, as they gave a relatively low rating to Bove and only a 6 to goalkeeper Svilar. The only player to receive a 6 was the goalkeeper Svilar, who “had a near-nothing time for him. In the second half, he saved Masopust and Provod, but never exudes security.”
Overall, the defeat puts Roma in a difficult position, and they will need to put in extra effort to progress to the knockout rounds without going through the challenges of the playoffs. This is being reported by the BBC sports team.