Gianluca Mancini discusses Mourinho’s icon status, acting as Roma captain and more

Andy Mattioli

Roma defender Gianluca Mancini recently discussed his role as one of the team’s main leaders in an interview with SportMediaset.

The Italian centreback explained his rapport with Mourinho and the opportunity to wear the captain’s armband at the club that welcomed him in 2019 and for which he’s collected 197 appearances so far, with 10 goals and 8 assists.

“Mourinho is a football icon. He’s the reason why you want to give more in training and work harder on the pitch,” said Mancini. “Mourinho is the best coach I could wish for. I learn from him every day, both in tactical and psychological terms.”

“The captain’s armband? Here in Rome it is an important thing that I have learned to understand by being here, it is an honor to wear it even if we have super captain in Lorenzo Pellegrini.”

“The home crowd at the Olimpico? Every time we see the stadium packed, we get such a great feeling, so much strength. They cheer us on when we win, even when we are behind sometimes we overturn the result thanks to them. I’m someone who always tries to give his best and finish the match as exhausted as as humanly possible for my teammates, the staff and above all for the fans.”

“My favorite goal? The one I scored against Juve last year was a somewhat random goal, in which I took a shot out of the blue. Then we won…”

“My shirt number? Two: the first is because I got engaged and then married on the 23rd and the other is for Marco Materazzi, it is also in his honor.”

“My dream? To win another trophy, whichever trophy that may be,” he added.