Ex-Roma goalkeeper Julio Sergio: “I only knew Mourinho as an opponent, but he’s an extraordinary person.”

Andy Mattioli

Former Roma goalkeeper Julio Sergio recently recounted his visit to Trigoria where he had the chance to meet Mourinho, the coach against whom Sergio’s Roma lost the Scudetto in the late 2000s.

“I had the opportunity to talk to him in Trigoria,” he told Corriere dello Sport. “He made a great impression on me and so did the general manager Tiago Pinto.”

“I knew Mourinho as an opponent, but as a coach he needs no introduction.”

“I had heard great things about him from a human point of view and I must say that he is an extraordinary person, with a lot of attention and passion for what he does.”

Sergio also mentioned Mourinho dedicating a video to his son who was recently diagnosed with a serious illness.

“My son watches Roma matches with me. He was happy when he saw Mourinho’s greeting video. It was very nice of him.”

Finally, the Brazilian shot-stopper gave his verdict about Roma’s chances to win the Conference League.

“Roma can do it, it’s as difficult as it has been so far, but I’ve seen a team that has grown with the coach’s work.”

“I always follow Rome whenever I can. The team has grown a lot in recent months.”

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