Fri 30 September 2022 | 19:55

De Rossi: Mourinho has brought all the Roma fans together

Roma legend Daniele De Rossi believes Jose Mourinho has done a good job as a manager at Roma.

De Rossi who retired from football in January 2020 in an interview with the programme ‘Stasera c’è Cattelan’ has talked about life after retirement and his decision to end his career with Boca Juniors.

“In these moments, with the stadium on fire, I miss playing a little. I loved playing away, in these stadiums like Napoli, Florence, Milan, where we were quite hated. And in Hungary there was that atmosphere, I grieved a little bit.”

“I took my time before deciding. I always said it was my desire, I was always fascinated. I liked playing away from home, not because I didn’t like playing at home, but it was like I had to protect my team and my city.

“And I respected Boca, then when you go there you discover they are even crazier. A couple of years earlier it would have been perfect. With River we beat each other more than we kicked the ball, the opposing Argentine fans were always picking on me.”

Roma legend who played 18 years in Serie A also has compared Argentinians to Italians.

“Argentinians are very similar to southern Italians and Romans, also in origin. They are warm, even more than us, the stadiums are often attached to the players and you hear what they say.

“But usually we players don’t hear what they say exactly, we understand if they are angry or happy, if they love you or would tear you apart. And if you’re warming up at the Franchi for example you hear everything, even the commas.”

De Rossi spoke about his former coaches including Capello, Spalletti, and Conte and what he has learned from them.

“I’ve had many good ones, modern ones, even if they coached me 10 years ago. I think of Spalletti, the things he told us are still cutting-edge. Capello was another form of football but he taught me a lot, also about management.

“Conte was perhaps the best from a motivational point of view, he used to bring out things in you that you didn’t even think you had. If he stopped doing that he wouldn’t be him anymore.”

Jose Mourinho joined


last year with a three-year contract and in his first season won the Europa Conference League. De Rossi praised Mourinho’s work and said he has brought all the Roma fans together.

“Yes, I don’t know if you realise what he’s done beyond the cup. The stadium is always full with 60,000 fans, whether it goes well or badly, whether he plays against the first or the last in the table.

“It seems strange to me that this is a coincidence, then what you want between the cup and cheap tickets. But he has brought all the Roma fans together, he must be valued more than the results.

“Then we expect him to do great things, this year the team looks strong. Will I be at the stadium with Inter? No, absolutely not.”

source: SportMob

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