Watch the Roma and Glimt match broadcast live

Watch the Roma and Glimt match broadcast live

Jose Mourinho insists Bodo/Glimt is the "toughest opponent" in the Europa League group, and "nothing" can make him leave Roma for Newcastle United.

It kicks off on Thursday at 17.45 UK time (16.45 GMT) in Norway.

The Giallorossi top their group with two wins out of two, while Bodo/Glimt beat Zorya 3-1 and drew 0-0 away to CSKA Sofia.

“It is an artificial ground, the weather is difficult and we had a four-hour flight to get here, plus we play on Sunday and then two days after the Cagliari game. So obviously, we don't have all our players and we need to take turns,” Mourinho confirmed in his press conference.

“There is a huge difference between an artificial and a natural pitch. We cannot risk players with a history of injuries, such as Nicolo Zaniolo and Rick Karsdorp, because they could lose an entire season playing on a pitch like this.

“Despite all that, I'm happy to be here. I've played European games in many countries, but I've never played in Norway, which is a beautiful place.

“I consider Bodo / Glimt to be the toughest opponent in the whole group, as they are organized and have very clear football principles. It will certainly be a difficult match for us, they have a higher quality than CSKA and Zorya.

"We have six points, but I want to forget that when we go on the field, because it's a game that has to be won."

Mourinho was also asked about the controversy that has continued since the 1-0 defeat to Juventus, with a penalty awarded when the referee had to wait a few seconds for Tammy Abraham to score.

The coach decided to pat him on the back, refusing to raise more tension.

“After the match, I analyzed my team’s performance and didn’t want to analyze the referee’s performance. I’m really happy that I did. I prefer not to say anything and focus on my team.”

After the conference, Mourinho also spoke to Sky Sport Italia and was asked if he could leave Roma for Newcastle United and the new millions.

“No. Of course not. I have been signed for three years and nothing can make me leave these boys.”

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