Fri 26 August 2022 | 15:05

Mourinho backed Dybala before Juventus return

Dybala, who joined Roma in the summer, has performed well in Mourinho's squad.

Jose Mourinho backed

Paulo Dybala



on Saturday, praising his performance since joining



Roma have won 1-0 in their two matches against Salernitana and Cremonese at the start of Serie A, and Saturday's match against the Bianconeri will be an important test for them. Dybala, who scored 82 league goals in his seven years at Juve, left the team as a free agent in July. He is the 10th best scorer of Juventus and is considered the best non-European scorer in the history of the club. Now, before his confrontation with his former team, Mourinho supported the Argentine star.

Asked if Dybala can handle the prospect of confronting his former club, Mourinho said:

"It depends on the personality of the individual. For some players coming home is nothing, for others it is difficult. For others it is 50-50. 

"For Paulo I don't know, he has the face of a child but he is not. He has a lot of experience, then the control of his emotions depends on him. 

"From how he worked these days I have not seen anything different. I expect a normal game, maybe with a little more emotion than before."

Asked about Dybala's impact, the Portuguese said:

"For me it is very good. I did not expect more at the moment. In the last two years he has had little continuity. He did not start the pre-season like the others, he arrived late. 

"At the [Stadio] Olimpico playing on that surface is really hard, it's like running on a Portuguese beach! I see him well and with good character."

source: SportMob

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