The Giallorossi striker believes it’s ‘time to show my leadership and help’ Roma. ‘I fell in love with this club from day one’.
before the new season started and in his first two matches, he provided two assists and met the target once.
Abraham kept netting another in his fifth match and scored two more in three Conference League games with La Lupa.
However, the 24-year-old has been struggling lately and should step up his game and ‘show my leadership’.
In football there are ups and downs,”
Abraham said at a press conference.
“That’s when you learn more. For me, it’s the best time to show my leadership and help the team.
“It happens, sometimes you go through difficult times. Things are better now [physically]. I’m a player who wants to be there and somehow I put aside my physical problems.
“I hope to get back to 100 per cent as soon as possible. I fell in love with this club from day one, it’s my way to show my passion for the club.
“They believed a lot in me and it’s up to me to pay back through my performances.”
He was quizzed about the problems he had to deal with after moving to the Italian top flight from the Premier League.
I wouldn’t say that it’s difficulties with the environment,”
“Football always comes with challenges.
“I have played against and with [coach Jose] Mourinho. It’s a challenging context, where you learn something every day.
“The whole team is getting to know each other better every day. Once we have learned everything, we will be a great team. Rome was not built in one day.”
Serie A’s tactical approach was different from that of Premier League’s, but Abraham said that he “knew” what was waiting for him as he played at youth level with England.
I grew up playing against national teams, especially at youth level,”
“I knew what awaited me. It’s part of the learning and growth process.
“I’m young, I come from a more open football. It’s part of my growth process to learn about the weaknesses of certain teams and players.
“I’m sure that very good things will come in the future.”
He talked about their disappointing 6-1 loss at the hands of Bodo/Glimt two weeks ago and was quizzed whether Roma are looking for revenge when they meet the Norwegians.
You don’t expect to lose when you enter the pitch,”
“You don’t want to lose like that. It was a bad match, to say the least.
“Tomorrow we have the opportunity to show what we really want. We are facing an excellent team, as we have seen, but we play to win.
“The best way to prepare is to have confidence. We expect to play a good match tomorrow. We have to be ready and play our best to clear that page.”
The Giallorossi have earned six points from three matches and Jose Mourinho insisted that the clash is ‘not decisive’ when it comes to the knockout stage qualification.
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