Jose Mourinho’s Roma spell unravelling as he causes ‘uncomfortable situation’

Jose Mourinho has been accused of splitting the Roma dressing room and causing an "uncomfortable situation" by the agent of one of his players.

Amadou Diawara's agent, Daniele Piraino, has slammed Mourinho after he excluded four players from his squad following last week's Europa Conference League hammering.

Roma were beaten 6-1 away to Norwegian champions Bodo/Glimt as Mourinho claimed after the match that his fringe players were inadequate and that he "only has 13 players" up to scratch.

Diawara, Borja Mayoral, Gonzalo Villar and Bryan Reynolds were dropped for Sunday's match with Napoli and are not in the travelling party for Wednesday's trip to Cagliari.

Speaking to Tuttomercatoweb, Piraino said: “I don't understand the message he's trying to get across.

“Is Diawara being made a scapegoat? Is he being made to pay a heavy price for an error? Or is an attempt to force the club into acting in the transfer market?

“If it is for these reasons, rather than just poor fitness, or he feels the player is unable to understand the tactical requirements of the coach, then I think Mourinho is creating an uncomfortable situation.

“It is inexplicable but Diawara will adapt. Amadou is an exceptional professional.”

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Mourinho was left infuriated by the performance of his side in Norway, with their opponents competing in their first ever European group stage.

He did not hold back after the match as 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.”

After a promising start that saw Roma win their first three league matches, Mourinho's side have faltered since with a run of inconsistent results.

He was also sent to the stands during Sunday's goalless draw at home to Napoli, before being seen trying to instruct his players from behind the dugout.

Following that draw, they sit fourth in Serie A after nine matches but trail current league leaders AC Milan by 12 points ahead of their away match with Cagliari.

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