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Mourinho after Roma defeat in Europa League: “We don’t have Haaland”

Mourinho, after the defeat to Feyenoord, spoke of his team’s lack of goals.

AS Roma coach Jose Mourinho reacts during the UEFA Europa League first leg quarter-final football match between Feyenoord Rotterdam and AS Roma at Feyenoord Stadion in Rotterdam on April 13, 2023. (Photo by MAURICE VAN STEEN / ANP / AFP) / Netherlands OUT

AS Roma endured an unlucky night against Feyenoord in the Europa League on Thursday, with a 1-0 defeat that will force them to come back at the Stadio Olimpico next week.

The Giallorossi hit the woodwork twice, with Lorenzo Pellegrini’s penalty and Roger Ibanez’s header, extending their record of 26 shots on target this season, more than any other team in Europe’s top five leagues.

Roma struggle in front of goal

The Italian side had an expected goals number of 1.89, a regret they could hold on to if they fail to advance to the semi-finals. Head coach Jose Mourinho, however, made it clear that there is a lack of goals at the club. “We don’t have Haaland,” he said. “We are who we are and we always give everything. I saw effort, dignity and sacrifice. It could have been a very different result, but this is the reality.”

The Portuguese coach admitted that his team “don’t score the goals they should”, something also experienced on Saturday against Torino. And the problem for Roma could increase with the absence of Tammy Abraham, with a dislocated shoulder, and Paulo Dybala, who suffered a muscular problem in Holland. The Argentinian playmaker felt pain in his right thigh and was forced off after 25 minutes. The injury that stopped him before the World Cup was in his left thigh. “We have the other players,” said Mou when questioned about the injury.