Filippo Missori: “Mourinho is great with young players.”

17-year-old Filippo Missori – made his all time senior debut last night with a second half substitution against Zorya Luhansk in the Conference League in November – described training under Jose Mourinho, his senior debut and more in an interview with the club’s official channels.

“Training sessions with the first team also improve you mentally, because you can never go wrong, you always have to stay sharp,” said the Primavera player.

“When you make a mistake and try to do it again, they see the effort and appreciate it. During the first training session I was very excited, having been here for many years and seeing them pass by to go to train it was always nice, you thought ‘why can’t I be there with them?'”

“Then when I got in I said to myself ‘I’m really here, I succeeded!'”

“El Shaarawy helped me the most, a very good guy, same as Mancini and Pellegrini, who knows what it means to come up from the youth sector.”

On Mourinho, Missori sounded very excited, “He’s the best, he’s always been a great manager, he’s won everything there is to win. He’s also really great with young players because he doesn’t make us feel bad about making mistakes. He allows us to be creative and motivates us to train with smiles on our faces.”

“The trust the club put in me is certainly very important, I feel it a lot because in recent years they have given many young players a chance to make their debut, they treat us well, they make us grow, they send us to the first team. This is a very important aspect of being here,” he said.

About his debut, Missori concluded, “It was unique, almost unreal. You can barely believe that you’re there… at the Olimpico, on the bench representing Roma.”

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