Jose Mourinho praises Abraham-Belotti partnership in draw with Betis

Andy Mattioli

Roma manager Jose Mourinho praised his side for the second half effort to equalize tonight’s match with Real Betis in Seville.

“It was a match with a great deal of pressure. It was direct elimination because if we lost we were out of the competition,” he said after the final whistle.

“Going into the second half down 1-0 was real pressure. With all the problems we have, with all the injuries, disqualifications, fatigue and playing against a fresh team… our passion and effort got us back into the game in the second half.”

“A draw tonight is a real lifeline for us,” Mourinho added.

“Belotti and Abraham? They were disastrous in the first half. I gave them a proper talking-to in the dressing room. They came out looking fantastic in the second half.”

Match Center

1/4 Final
18 Apr 20:00