Mourinho hails loyalty of Roma fanbase in pre-Cremonese press conference

Jose Mourinho had nothing but praise for the Roma fans who, once again, will pack a full Stadio Olimpico for Roma’s second home game of the season against Cremonese on Monday night.

The Special One told reporters: “It’s amazing, and that’s why last time I told you that the fans are our greatest victory. The passion and loyalty of our supporters is the foundation of our work. and the club.

“We feel somewhat responsible for creating this empathy, for developing this overflowing passion,” he added. “It’s fantastic for all of us and for Italian football as a whole. What our fans do for us is wonderful. That’s our main motivation.

About Cremonese, the manager said: “I don’t see them as a team that just came out of Serie B. They have a clear style of play and that’s thanks to their coach. They know how to play and they know how to play. how to influence the opponent’s style of play.

“Matic and Wijnaldum feel good,” Mourinho continued. “Everyone is available. Zalewski is awesome. El Shaarawy too.

Asked about his decision not to insert an extra striker in the second half at Salernitana-Roma, Mourinho commented: “The goal was to win the game. No one can expect Felix or Shomurodov to be on the level of our starting strikers. We don’t have that privilege. The strength I had on the bench was the quality and experience of Matic and Wijnaldum, who entered the field and controlled the game.

On Andrea Belotti – Roma’s priority in attack – Mourinho remarked: “I don’t know if we’re going to sign him. Since he’s a free agent, I can say something about him. What I’m saying is: if it’s true that he wants to join Roma so badly, then I really like his attitude.

Mourinho also spoke about Lorenzo Pellegrini’s versatility: “He was a player with great potential. And this player with great potential has really become a great player, so great that he can play in more than three positions.

“He has great maturity, great footballing maturity. I can’t promise you that Lorenzo will play every game as a midfield pivot. There are so many games he will play everywhere – because he can.

Asked what it’s like to win with Roma, Mourinho said: “If we had the ability and the strength to win the Conference League, we have to give everything to win the Europa League this year.”

On the importance of Cristante, “He is very important to all of us. Of course, we can have stability without him and Matic, but it also depends on the team’s ability to grow and the growth of other players. For example, I doubt that Pellegrini, 2-3 years ago, could have brought us so much stability in midfield.

“I can imagine the team playing with Gini and Lorenzo in midfield, without Cristane and Matic. We would just have to see if the team can stay compact defensively.

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