Jose Mourinho discusses Houssem Aouar’s evolution

Andy Mattioli

Roma manager Jose Mourinho spoke about the evolution of Algerian midfielder Houssem Aouar.

In his post-match press conference following Roma’s win over Slavia Praha, Mourinho discussed Aouar’s gradual adaptability in light of Paulo Dybala and Lorenzo Pellegrini’s absence.

“We cannot change Aouar’s characteristics, he is the player that he is. We are a team that needs everyone to participate in pressing in an important way, and he is not a player of great intensity, he has always been a creator, a playmaker and now he is transforming. He’s important for us now because Pellegrini and Dybala are missing.”

“In the second half we put intensity into pressing, not only in midfield but also up front with El Shaarawy. In the second half I wanted to change something, but I saw five players warming up; Costa was there, Cherubini who played today, D’Alessio who played once, Pisilli too, only Pagano is evolving. I didn’t have this potential and we managed the match as best we could.”

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