Jose Mourinho suffered one of the most embarrassing defeats of his career as Roma were thrashed 6-1 at minnows Bodo/Glimt in the Europa Conference League.
Roma travelled to northern Norway looking to extend their 100 percent start in Group C but their much-changed side were humiliated on the artificial surface at Aspmyra Stadion.
Erik Botheim’s eighth-minute opener and Patrick Berg’s thunderous effort put the hosts in control inside 20 minutes. Carles Perez halved the deficit shortly before the half-hour mark but, having got back into the game, Roma imploded after the break.
Botheim’s second restored Bodo/Glimt’s two-goal advantage and before Ola Solbakken’s double, either side of Amahl Pellegrino’s strike, saw a Mourinho side concede six times for the first time in the Portuguese’s illustrious 1,008-game managerial career.
1 – A José Mourinho side has conceded 6+ goals in a single game for the first time ever, in what is the 1008th match of his managerial career. Shock.
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Speaking after the game, Mourinho took responsibility for the defeat but said the gulf between his first-choice players and the rest of the squad is large.
Mourinho, whose Roma side sit fourth in Serie A with five wins and three defeats from eight, made nine changes from the weekend defeat against Juventus.
“We have a very good team, we don’t have a very good squad,” Mourinho told Sky in Italy. “Today, we didn’t play with the team, we played with the squad, and we were punished by that.
“If I could use the same players every match I would. It’s risky because there’s a huge gulf between our first choice and second choice players. I expected better, but it’s my responsibility.”
He also told Viaplay: “They have more quality than us – their first team is a much better team than our second team. So it’s my mistake. I wanted to rest players after Juventus, and before a game against Napoli, and I made this decision, and in the end, they are better players than my players, they are a better team than my team.
“The 6-1 could be five, could be seven, could be eight, because the game went in the direction where you lose complete control of the emotions of everything, but the reality of the game is the best team with the best players won.
“I tried to do it with a good intention, of resting my players for the next game, but we were punished because they are better than us.”