Roma attacker Stephan El Shaarawy confessed tonight’s 2-1 win over HJK Helsinki in the Europa League will give his team confidence in their upcoming fixtures.
The Giallorossi secured a crucial victory in Finland and gave their chances at progressing to the knockout round a huge boost.
El Shaarawy helped the Giallorossi regain the lead early in the second half thanks to a fantastic move and crossed delivery that found the back of the net but it was ruled an own goal against Helsinki.
“I would’ve liked a nice gift if they rewarded that one to me,” he joked with Sky Sport. “However, the most important thing was that we got a goal and a win.”
“We need to win next Thursday to progress but these three points are important for morale and for the supporters who traveled all the way here.”
He continued, “We always try to give our best and winning next week against Ludogorets will be essential. However, first we need to worry about Verona.”
“Though, tonight will give us confidence. Thursday’s going to be a battle.”
As for himself, the attacker was asked about how he’s managed to keep himself ready despite not being a primary starter under Jose Mourinho.
“I think a great team player must always have the mentality that they want to make a difference, regardless if they’re starting or coming off the bench,” he said.
“Everyone must have the right attitude and approach: things might not come off but you’ve got to maintain this attitude of sacrifice.”
“That’s what tonight’s victory was about: sacrifice and a bit of pain. Despite all that we still deserved the victory.”