Mourinho favors Italian press conferences

Sat 21 August 2021 | 13:55

The Portuguese tactician talks about Italy and England’s press conferences and their differences, as he gets ready for the Giallorossi’s Serie A opener against Fiorentina. ‘You’re too good at the analysis!’

Jose Mourinho

had his debut for


when they won 2-1 at Trabzonspor for the UEFA Europa Conference League play-off on Thursday.

Wins help you to recuperate quicker,”

said Mourinho in his press conference.

“We’re ready, this is modern football and I won’t make many changes for this game


Mourinho revealed that his side was “still missing something” after the trip to Turkey and the transfer window will close soon.

“I already explained our transfer strategy was one of reaction, because we lost two players that we weren’t expecting to lose – Leonardo Spinazzola and Edin Dzeko – so we had to react and didn’t therefore sign the players I thought would’ve been important to balance the squad.

“However, when the club makes such a fantastic effort dealing with problems, I don’t have the right to pressure them or make more demands. I have to work with the players in the squad, we’ve still got time to do something more.”

The Portuguese boss came back to Serie A after a decade and compared the media approaches in Italy and England.

“When I was in England, I always told my staff, I really miss the press conferences in Italy, because in England they only want to talk about controversy, but now that I’m in Italy, I don’t want to talk about tactics, because you’re too good at the analysis!

“It’s true, against Trabzonspor we put in a lot of crosses and got things wrong. Football nowadays is not so tied up with the system, so it becomes more difficult for the opposition to prepare against you. There are different ways of reaching the same objective, which is to win. Sometimes we’ll push hard with both full-backs, sometimes only one at a time.

“Roma is a gigantic club of the dimensions of others I have worked at, but its project is different to Real Madrid or Inter. Today, Roma have not won in many years, they finished 29 points off the leaders last season and need time, organisation, invisible work the fans won’t see, and they will lead to results eventually.”


are also under a new manager, with ex-Spezia boss Vincenzo Italiano taking over.

“We analysed Italiano’s football philosophy and it’ll be a difficult match against a quality coach who has quality players. We’re both new to our teams this summer, but already playing well all things considered.”

In the clash against Trabzonspor, new signing

Tammy Abraham

was not part of the squad but he may play tomorrow.

“He should be called up, he had to train by himself due to the quarantine rules, but is ready to play.”

source: SportMob

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