Capello defends Mourinho: “Roma brought him to build something.”

Fabio Capello, former AS Roma manager

Former Roma manager Fabio Capello came to the defence of José Mourinho during an interview with Il Messaggero.

The 75 year-old, who led the Giallorossi to their last league title in 2001, backed the Portuguese technician to succeed in the Italian capital despite recent criticism.

Mourinho has come under fire following last week’s 6-1 loss to Bodø/Glimt in the Conference League. However, Capello believes the ‘Special One’ just needs more time to mold the team even further to his footballing ideals.

“Roma are a team that already has an idea of how to play,” he explained. “They have their own personality as well as a clearly-defined way of how to be on the pitch.”

“Even when they’re losing, Mourinho is still willing to take risks. I really like that.”

He continued, “It’s true that there’s a bit of a similarity between Mourinho’s arrival at Roma to mine. Like myself, José was brought to Rome to build something—just like when Franco Sensi hired me.”

“When I arrived, it took a bit of time to understand what exactly the team needed. After the first season, I discussed our needs with the president and the following season I was much more satisfied.”

“I hope this ends up being the case for José.”

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