Former Roma shot-stopper Julio Sergio – who loyally served the Giallorossi from 2006 until 2013 – spoke to Il Messaggero, among other things, about Mourinho’s work at the capital club as well as Rui Patricio’s comforting presence in the middle of the sticks.
Sergio’s son was recently diagnosed with a tumor. “My son is sick,” said the goal-keeper. “We’re fighting and we’ll make it through, I’m sure of it.”
“Enzo, my son, was born in Rome and is a Romanista. The club have shown great solidarity towards us. We’ll experience this derby together, and together we’ll win.”
On a personal note he added, “In order to stay close him I quit my job as a coach and I will start working as an agent.”
When asked whether his son knew about his dad’s heroics in the Derby della Capitale, Sergio replied, “He knows that dad’s won four out of four derbies. Three league ones and one in the Coppa Italia, a great satisfaction.”
On Mourinho, Sergio simply said, “He’s the number one. He got started recently and will need time.”
Finally, he spoke about Rui Patricio. “He’s experienced and reactive, one of the best goal-keepers around. Roma did great by signing him. He can become a point of reference for years to come.”
He concluded, “I believe Roma can win the Conference League.”