Jose Mourinho addresses media ahead of Fiorentina clash

Andy Mattioli

Roma manager Jose Mourinho previewed Sunday’s Serie A fixture with Fiorentina.

In today’s pre-match press conference, Mourinho addressed the recent rumors of him potentially facing another ban as well as shared an update regarding the players at his disposal for tomorrow evening.

“This week we worked really well together,” said the Special One. “Renato Sanches and Pellegrini both worked well with the rest of the team. They are important for us and we need everyone for the next games.”

“There’s no updates for Smalling. Kumbulla, on the other hand, could return for the match with Napoli and give us a hand then. He could play 10-15 minutes against Napoli.”

“FIGC’s investigation? I expect justice from those that deal with sporting justice. I personally volunteered to meet with the Federal Prosecutor to present the matter along with Tiago Pinto and our lawyer, Antonio Conte. I have never offended the referee and I have not questioned his qualities. My expression was not understood. He did very well against Sassuolo. I told Chiné [Federal Prosecutor] this and I expect a just verdict.”

“If Sassuolo are angry with me then it’s their problem. They could have told me instead of going to the press.”

“Tiago Pinto is Roma, and when he speaks he represents the club. I don’t expect support from the club when I’m wrong. I’m happy that the club told me ‘we’re with you’ when I needed them the most.”

“If I learned something from this situation is that a manager should never talk about a referee prior to the match,” he added.

“Renewal? My relationship with the club is very positive but we haven’t discussed it.”

“For tomorrow we have a lot of options in the midfield. Bove is not a kid anymore and Sanches and Pellegrini are both doing well. We have options so that when someone is missing there are no dramas, but obviously having them all available is important. Tomorrow we have 6 midfielders available there and that’s excellent.”

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