Aouar assesses his first few months with Roma: “I know I need to do better.”

John Solano

Speaking ahead of tonight’s Europa League clash against Sheriff, Roma midfielder Houssem Aouar admitted he needs to improve after struggling to find minutes thus far this season.

With qualification already secured, the Giallorossi face their final match of the group stage. Sitting second, they’ll need major help from third-placed Servette to finish top of the group. The Swiss side will need to win tonight when they travel to Prague to face group leaders Slavia Praha—who have a two-point advantage over Jose Mourinho’s men.

“I’m ready for the game. I hope to play because I haven’t played much recently. I know I need to do better to help the team and I hope to do that,” said Aouar.

“We want to win. We always want to win – that’s the aim when you play for Roma. We know it will be very difficult to finish top but it’s not impossible. We must go out there with the right attitude and a winning mentality. And hopefully we’ll be top come the end of the match.”

Aouar was also asked to assess his first few months with the team after he completed a free transfer over the summer from boyhood club Lyon.

“As I’ve said before, it’s my first time away from home, away from Lyon. It’s a bit difficult to settle into a new city and a new team. I’ve started 10 or 11 games and that’s good for my first year but I know I still have things to learn.”

Adding, “I started the season well but it’s a little harder now. I didn’t play well in Prague or Geneva. I realise that and I’m honest enough to say it. Now it’s up to me to show the boss I can play more. I’m confident I can help the team.”

“I see my future at Roma because I’m very happy to be here and proud to wear this shirt. As I said, it’s my first time away from home and I’ve started 10 or 11 games, which is good for my first few months.”

“I don’t know the future but I’m very happy to be here at a big club, in a great team with great team-mates. The coach helps me a lot. I talk to him a lot. I know this is the right place for me. I also like it here because Rome is a beautiful city and the fans are amazing. I’m confident my future will be at Roma.”

Finally, “Italian football is harder than French football. I still need to learn how to play here because it’s different. The game is more intense in France, more physical. Here it’s more tactical and technically it’s better. I hope to become a good Serie A player.”

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