Former Roma manager Fabio Capello has been one of the more vocal supporters of Jose Mourinho’s work in the Italian capital thus.
Capello once again talked about the season under-way, the upcoming Conference League fixture vs Vitesse, Derby della Capitale and addressed other Roma-related topics in an interview with Pagine Romaniste.
“Mourinho is a man of experience who knows football and the Italian league very well,” he said.
“There are three coaches who have taken over the teams: Allegri, Sarri and Mourinho. But we must give them all time with their respective projects.”
“Sarri, for example, is starting to give his imprint to Lazio. The same goes for Allegri. Mourinho is getting less in terms of results but the team follows him and the recent positive trend of Roma is a testament to his work.”
About Mourinho, Capello continued to stress the importance of time as a factor. “Mourinho is trying to transmit to this team that sense of continuity, that necessary focus in all the games, which is needed to achieve the final goal – which is to win but with continuity which is the most difficult thing in Rome.”
“Here, excitement is followed up by disappointment. Therefore, what’s missing is the mentality that comes with continuity.”
On tonight’s game against Vitesse, “It will be a difficult match. The Vitesse team that I saw in the first leg -even if in the second half they dropped off intensity – proved to be a difficult team to beat.”
“Dutch teams as usual show defensive shortcomings and taking into account the positive trend of Roma, I think there are chances to come away with a good result.”
Regarding the derby, Capello was less optimistic, “Roma, as Mourinho said, are a bit tired after midweek fixtures and do not play as their coach would like them to.”
“Lazio are in good shape and are playing good football. It is a team that moves very easily on the field and has quality. On the part of Roma I expect to see a lot of attention and determination on the pitch even if, the latter, being a derby, should not be missing.”
He concluded, “I would like to see a great performance by Zaniolo who could become one of the protagonists ahead of the upcoming commitments with the National Team for the World Cup qualifiers.”