Jose Mourinho produced yet another extraordinary rant as his Roma side fell to a disappointing to draw on Thursday night.
Roma were held to a 1-1 draw by Swiss side Servette to leave them with work to do if they want to qualify for the Europa League knockout stages.
Romelu Lukaku opened the scoring before Chris Bedia equalised early into the second half.
The result leaves them on 10 points but they remain two points behind Slavia Prague going into the final game.
‘There are players who once again missed an opportunity to prove themselves’
Their final group game sees them take on bottom-placed Sheriff Tiraspol at home however there’s a chance they may have to contest a play-off in order to reach the round of 16.
Mourinho is looking to take Roma to the Europa League final for a second successive season but he was disappointed by a number of players and even singled out Houssem Aouar as someone who didn’t meet the required standards.
“Yet again we were superficial in our attitude, in our interpretation of this moment of the match,” he told Sky Sport Italia, via Metro.
“There are players who once again missed an opportunity to prove themselves, for example Aouar.
“There are several who are on the bench and come on in Serie A with a great attitude, then in the Europa League they come on with this sluggish attitude, like they are not accustomed to being on the bench and then do not improve the game.”
‘There are those who give their all for 90 minutes and those who seem to turn their noses up at this competition’
The former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss continued his scathing assessment and questioned his players for “doing the bare minimum”.
He continued: “I don’t want to make a drama out of going into the play-off. The drama if anything is that we had the wrong attitude from these players and those who come out for the second half like that, repeatedly.
“I honestly do not understand it. I coached 150 Champions League games, which are much tougher, and yet it seems like there are people who don’t have a great history in Europe and play these fixtures with the bare minimum.
“There are those who give their all for 90 minutes and those who seem to turn their noses up at this competition.
“There are people who feel comfortable with this superficial approach and we pay for it in results.”
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