Mon 31 October 2022 | 22:17

Mourinho is ‘happy with the win’ over Verona

Mourinho praised his team following a hard-fought victory over the 10-man Verona

With a chance to get into the top 4, Mourinho’s


knew what they had to do against Verona on tonight’s match. But Giallarossi fell behind in the opening 30 minutes and had to fight to come back and win the game.

And of course they did fight! Following a red card to Pole in the first half, Verona had to keep Roma at bay but it was Zaniolo who came to the rescue and scored the equalizer before the half time. The second half continued with Verona defending well but late goals from Volpato and El Shaarawy secured the 3 points for Roma.

Mourniho pointed out Hellas Verona’s impressive display to DAZN, stating:

“There is a feeling of support for Verona. Because they fought hard to come away with a point. Young coach, good, he organised the team well with ten men. He created a lot of difficulties for us. They fought, did well even taking a few minutes off the game.

“Of course I’m happy with the win, I’m not hypocritical. But I have a positive feeling with them because the league table is tough but the players, the coach, the stadium and the fans… I’m sorry.”

The Special One also highlighted his team’s performance by saying: “

Sometimes I leave the game with the feeling that I could do more, this time the feeling is that I couldn’t do anything more. I did everything I could do, believing in the talent of this kid Volpato, believing in Nemanja Matic.

“When you win in the 90th minute you can talk a bit about luck, but we were looking for luck for 45 minutes.”

He gave his thoughts on Zaniolo, who scored the equaliser for Roma in the dying moments of the first half.

“His attitude, his desire to help the team, his sense of being a team player. I’m never angry because Nico doesn’t score one or two goals or doesn’t score a lot.

“He’s a guy who gives everything he’s got, who forces his opponents to make a lot of fouls, sometimes beyond the right aggressiveness. I am always happy with him.”

With Roma having two important matches both in the Europa League and Serie A against


and bitter rivals


, Mourinho played down the importance of the derby instead focusing on the Europa League match.

“The derby doesn’t interest me, not at all. I’m only interested in the next game. And if a coach doesn’t only think about the next game, it doesn’t end well.

“I say this because I made this mistake and it is difficult to live with it. And if any of my players talk about the derby now, they’re wrong.”

source: SportMob

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