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Mourinho set to suspend 5 key Roma players ahead of Napoli clash

Mourinho set to suspend 5 key Roma players ahead of Napoli clash

Mourinho set to suspend 5 key Roma players ahead of Napoli clash

Roma manager Jose Mourinho is reportedly set to banish five players to the stands following his side’s humiliating 6-1 loss to Bodo/Glimt.

Mourinho was livid after the defeat in the Europa Conference League on Thursday and blamed the lack of quality in his squad after he made changes for the game in Norway.

Roma return to Serie A action on Sunday evening with a home game against Napoli, and, as reported by Calciomercato, Mourinho has decided that Borja Mayoral, Marash Kumbulla, Amadou Diawara, Riccardo Calafiori and Gonzalo Villar won’t be included in the matchday squad.

All five players started against Bodo/Glimt, with Kumbulla and Calafiori part of the defence that struggled in Norway.

Midfielders Diawara and Villar and striker Mayoral were both substituted after failing to make a significant impact.

Speaking after the game, Mourinho accepted blame for rotating his team, but said that Bodo/Glimt had ‘better players’ and ‘more quality’.

He said: ‘They have more quality than us. Their first team is a much better team than our second team.

‘It’s my mistake. I wanted to rest players after the game against Juventus and before the game against Napoli. I made these decisions, and in the end, they are better players than my players. They are a better team than my team.

‘Of course, the 6-1 could be five, could be seven, could be eight. The game went in a direction where you lose complete control of emotions, of everything. The reality of the game is that the best team won with the best players.

‘The only thing I can say is that I tried to do it with good intentions, to rest my players for the next game, but we were punished by that. They are better than us.’

Roma go into the game against Napoli in fourth place in Serie A, ten points adrift of leaders AC Milan, who have played a game more.

The heavy loss to Bodo/Glimt followed on from a 1-0 defeat to Juventus in Serie A, with Mourinho now desperate for his side to return to winning ways.

The likes of Tammy Abraham, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Lorenzo Pellegrini, who were named on the bench in Norway, are expected to return to the starting lineup.

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