Jose Mourinho told his Roma players that he was “ashamed to be their coach” before they recovered from one goal less at half-time and drew 1-1 against Juventus.
Roma had won their first two Serie A games without conceding a goal, but on Saturday at the Allianz Stadium they fell behind on a free-kick from Dusan Vlahovic in 76 seconds.
Juve scored a second goal with Manuel Locatelli ruled out for handball by Vlahovic in the interval in which the hosts dominated, beating their opponents by 10 to three.
Mourinho responded by replacing Gianluca Mancini and Leonardo Spinazzola with Stephan El Shaarawy and Nicola Zalewski at half-time, and Roma improved in the second half.
The guests found a way to overcome one of their three shots on goal in the second period, with Tammy Abraham turning ex-Juve Paulo Dybala into an acrobatic pass.
While his team’s initial unbeaten run this season remains intact with a credible point in Turin, Mourinho nevertheless admitted that Roma were quite lucky.
Asked what he had said at half-time, Mourinho told DAZN: “I told the team that I was ashamed of them. I was ashamed to be their coach.
“The game has changed, but we are not talking about tactics, we are talking about attitude. We cannot get where we want with this attitude.
“I said [assistant coach Salvatore] Foti praying it only ended 1-0. It would have been a good result after that first half performance.
“I told him to take advantage of the luck we had, knowing that the game could be over at that point. Every now and then you are dominated but you have to manage it better.
“I had a bench with very few offensive solutions, especially compared to [Massimiliano] Merry. But after analyzing the second half, we deserved to win that 1-0 “.
The goal conceded by Roma came from Vlahovic’s first touch and was Juve’s first direct free-kick goal in the league since Cristiano Ronaldo scored against Torino in July 2020.
He finished the Giallorossi’s four games without conceding a goal in all competitions, but the hosts couldn’t hold out and now have only one win out of three games this season.
And the Juve coach Allegri acknowledged that his side could have no complaints with the full-time scoring after they failed to finish off Roma when they were leading in the first half.
“Jose is always smart and sharp in the way he reads games,” Allegri said of his counterpart. If you don’t kill the game, you always leave the possibility of a draw.
“We were tired after a strong first half and probably should have concentrated on passing the ball to slow things down.
“It’s something we have to learn. You can’t expect one team to dominate the game for the full 90 minutes.”
Juve, who had beaten Roma in 10 of the 11 previous league matches at the Allianz Stadium, opted for a 4-2-3-1, but Allegri has hinted that he is willing to change once at full capacity.
“First of all we have to focus on the recovery of Federico Chiesa, Paul Pogba and Angel Di Maria,” Allegri said when asked about his set-up.
“They all have technique and change of pace. Having changes available from the bench makes a big difference.”