Jose Mourinho, the Manchester United boss has lamented the membership’s 1-2 loss to Bristol City, a championship aspect within the quarter closing of the Carabao Cup, saying the loss was underserved.
United are the defending champions.
Here are excerpts of what Mourinho mentioned in regards to the heartbreaking loss at Bristol’s Ashton Gate Stadium on Wednesday evening.
‘WE DIDN’T DESERVE TO LOSE’
“I think we don’t deserve to lose but we lost because the opponent was lucky. I think they scored when nobody expected them to score; they scored when we were the strongest team. In the first half we lacked the intensity that they had. Physically and mentally. But we were the team with the opportunities [in the second half]; everyone was waiting for our goal. We hit the post twice. We were the team with the strength in our legs – even to go to a strong extra-time – and they scored when we didn’t have time for a reaction.”
BIG DAY FOR BRISTOL CITY
“For them, it was a big day and big teams against teams of lower divisions, this is always a risk and you advise, advise, advise but in the end, the players are in a different level of intensity and motivation than the opponent and sometimes this can happen. They played brilliantly; they fought like it was the game of their lives, which probably it was. A beautiful day for football. A team from the lower division won. A big day for them.”
‘THEY FOUGHT TO BE LUCKY’
“It was in our best period that we lost the game. Of course we don’t want extra-time, of course we try to win the game in the 90 minutes – which is why I say they were lucky. They had the luck of the game but they fought to be lucky. Sometimes you think that luck comes from nowhere, but normally luck comes from effort, from belief, which they had. It was a big night for them and probably for some of my players it wasn’t a big night – it was just one more day in the office and when you play against teams who have that extra motivation, you also need that extra motivation – so congratulations to them.”
‘THE PLAYERS WERE PROFESSIONAL’
“The actuality is that those [players] that had been on the pitch had been those that weren’t within the final match [against West Bromwich Albion] and are those that not going to be within the subsequent match. I believe they misplaced a great alternative additionally to play semi-finals and in addition to have two extra matches to play. But I don’t need to blame the gamers in any respect as a result of I believe they had been skilled – it wasn’t a case of ‘we don’t care in regards to the sport’ or ‘we don’t have duty’ or ‘we don’t have delight’. I believe they confirmed that they had that after the 1-Zero and so they had that till they scored the second aim in the previous few seconds and we had no probability to react.