The Portuguese coach presents tomorrow night’s Conference League match
At the Rome a draw is enough to reach the group stage of the first Conference League of history. The team of Mourinho will take the field tomorrow night at the Olimpico against Trabzonspor of the former, strong of the 2-1 of the first leg in Turkey and the success in his league debut with Fiorentina. The kick-off is set for 19, with a stadium that promises not to be full but certainly hot like the one seen and heard on Sunday. The Special One takes the floor in the usual press conference on the eve to present the match a Trigoria: on Forzaroma.info the direct written starting from 12.45.
Does the abolition of the away goals rule change the preparation of the match?
Partially yes. I think in the end there will be more steals than before, 2-1, 1-1 or 0-0 there is a winning team and I think they will give more extra-time. However, our goal would always be to play to win regardless of the outcome. We know that we need a draw, but we would think about it in the 80 or 85 minute, where we don’t have to take any kind of risk. But the mentality is to play as if it were a one-off match and we’re going to win, that’s why it won’t change much.
Room for improvement from the point of view of the game?
I congratulated Italiano, because we have been working with these players for two months and when they play like this I congratulate them. Many have arrived recently, even if it is different for Inter because Inzaghi has a team that plays with their eyes closed and it is more difficult. There is a lot of work to do, we trained a game situation that I didn’t like against Fiorentina, where the guys have the dynamic to do it that way because they did it like that before. It is not a criticism of Fonseca, the opposite. What comes after me will feel the same, everyone has their own ideas. I, Italian and others are at a time when players are still looking for automatisms. First they have to understand what we want, then they train the dynamics that later will become automatic. We are happy with what we did, it was difficult to do better. From the defensive point of view it is easier to improve the dynamics, more difficult from the offensive point of view and it needs more time.
Very good. But it is us team who have to create this empathy with the way of playing and if sometimes you can’t play well the fans I think they will accept a negative performance and will be with the team after a negative result. But there are some things that are non-negotiable and must always be there, and the fans understand that very well. They understand the interpretation, the attitude, the way to be professional and to play for us and also for the fans. We have to create this empathy, the relationship will be a consequence of how we are on the pitch and how we are dedicated to this club. It is our responsibility, they will give what they think is right to give.
Where can Pellegrini play?
He can do everything. If we had three Pellegrini all three would play together, I wouldn’t leave even one on the bench. He can adapt to any role, he is universal, with Fiorentina in 1 ‘he also played externally, even he participated in occasions. He’s smart, he understands the game and the coach’s idea. If there were three, all three would play.
You have used 12 players in the first two games, of which 6 have made 190 minutes. In the third game, is it time for the turnover or will they play the same ones and will it change in Salerno?
We are in a moment where we need to play. We had a good pre-season, I gave everyone minutes. The first five games were less competitive, now we need to play. There are players that we need to monitor very well, they have a profile and a history of injuries and problems not far off. And we have to pay attention to them, others need minutes on the pitch. to find the pace and intensity of the game. Now is not the time to make a lot of changes.
On Diawara’s role and the unpleasant episode with the fan
It wasn’t an episode of physical aggression. These were words that provoked a verbal reaction. It is not a drama, nothing special. He is a player from the Roma squad, there is a group of players who are not working with us and are working separately and Diawara is with us. The market is open, until the 31st, and something can happen but it can also happen that Diawara stays with us. He is an option, he has experience and quality, a good professional, a good man, we all have a close and nice relationship because he is a great guy. And if it stays with us it’s a plus, it’s never a problem. For this reason, the company and I are calm about him. It’s not a problem.
The Var will not be there tomorrow
We have to adapt a bit, I still think that Trabzonspor’s goal was perhaps offside. But we have to adapt, at least tomorrow we will have Goal Line Technology that was not there in Turkey and it is already an improvement. I understand the difficulty at Uefa level, it is a new competition and in the beginning it will have in the playoffs and in the group of countries in which the teams do not have certain technological conditions to have the Var and must be accepted as a competition that has yet to grow and to make it grow of the countries that are here for the first time.
We want to try to win every game and the focus will always be on the next game. This is why tomorrow is more important than Sunday, Conference League tomorrow is more important than Serie A and I don’t think about many changes or the traditional turnover. Because tomorrow is the game for me.
August 25, 2021 (change August 25, 2021 | 13:04)
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