Jose Mourinho did not hold back in criticising his Roma team after they blew a 3-1 lead to lose 4-3 to Juventus, accusing players of being “weak” and “lacking personality”.
Roma, who handed a debut to new signing Ainsley Maitland-Niles, looked to be in control after goals from Tammy Abraham, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Lorenzo Pellegrini.
But Juventus scored three times in seven minutes to turn the game on its head, before Wojciech Szczesny saved a penalty from Pellegrini to preserve the lead.
It is Roma’s second defeat in a row in Serie A, following a 3-1 midweek loss to AC Milan, and head coach Mourinho was far from impressed.
“We were in total control for 70 minutes,” the former Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham manager told DAZN.
“The team played really well and had the mentality of taking control, we came out and started strong. We had this idea of the high press, of controlling the tempo and taking the initiative.
“It was so good for 70 minutes, then there was this psychological collapse. The 3-2 killed us, because Felix [Afena-Gyan] had an extraordinary game, which finished with a sprint against [Juan] Cuadrado. I take him off and his replacement [Eldor Shomurodov] gets it all wrong.