Jose Mourinho was asked for an update regarding Houssem Aouar and the status of other players involved in Roma’s win over Empoli.
In his post-match press conference, the Special One explained Aouar’s absence.
“Aouar is doing the same way as all the other players who were questionable for tonight,” he said. “One thing is to clinically recover from an injury, and another thing is to be fit enough to start.”
“Aouar came to the stadium with us with a feeling of muscle soreness and when the muscle tells you something is wrong then the worst thing you can do is risk it,” he added.
“So, instead of Aouar, Renato Sanches got the start. He was perfect for 45 minutes and the yellow card made it easier for me to replace him. Dybala had 75 minutes in his legs, same thing for Paredes. We have to manage these players, making them train, play and not letting them get tired. Romelu, due to his physical condition, his medical history and the way he trained alone, is the one who is in the best condition.”
“Lukaku did well for us. He had one direct shot on goal and he scored, that’s important for us.”