Ex-Roma Executive Tiago Pinto looks back on Mourinho collaboration, February exit and more

Andy Mattioli

Former Roma General Manager Tiago Pinto looked back on his time in the Italian capital in a new interview with Canal 11.

The Portuguese executive discussed at length his collaboration with ex-Giallorossi boss Tiago Pinto, his decision to leave the club in February and more.

“I am always grateful for the opportunities I am given in life, I take them to learn and grow. At Roma I worked for three years with Paulo Fonseca and José Mourinho. It was an opportunity for growth, personal and professional development.”

“It’s been a very challenging three years for me, but I’ve grown a lot. I definitely made a lot of mistakes, but at the same time I got a lot of choices right. At 39 I have already had the opportunity to work with great coaches like Bruno Lage, Rui Vitória and Jorge Jesus”

“I learned something from all of them and they made me grow. Am I hurt by Mourinho’s criticism? For me life passes quickly and I have to think about myself, no one will ever change this.”

“Roma? If you look at the last 15 or 20 years only one sporting director has stayed longer than me. It is a demanding club, which does not favor the stability of managers and coaches. I am very grateful for the opportunity I had, I think we did a good job, but I knew my future would be in other clubs and leagues.”

“In that sense, I felt really exhausted. Roma needed someone with the same energy and motivation I had when I arrived. I felt it was time to leave.”

“Renato Sanches? In the next stage of his career he will have to look for affection. When someone has those physical problems he loses confidence in himself, but he has a lot of quality. The most important thing for him is finding the right project and the right people, he has a lot to give to football.”

“I am criticized a lot for signing him at Roma: things didn’t go well, but my affection and expectations of him remain high.”

“Marcos Leonardo? We were very close to signing Marcos Leonardo, but Santos had a lot of corporate problems, changed sporting director and coach and started to realize that they could be relegated to Serie B.”

“I like Marcos Leonardo a lot, he is a player with great ability to score and is very good technically. He has two very important characteristics, that is, he scores a lot and he also does it in big matches and in the most important moments of the matches. He also scored some last minute penalties and when you do it at 17 or 18 it’s because you have enormous courage.”

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