Kumbulla: “I redeemed myself in Mourinho’s eyes by training hard.”

Roma defender Marash Kumbulla was one of the few starters in the Giallorossi’s infamous 6-1 defeat to Bodo Glimt to maintain his place in the roster. The Albanian centre-back recently started on several occasions and was usually among the best players on the pitch.

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Kumbulla spoke to Supersport and described his journey under Jose Mourinho and how he managed to convince the Special One to take a second chance on him after a difficult start to the season.

“Only by training hard and without any words, and he saw that I give my best at all times,” he said.

“In these last few months I have played consistently which is good because I feel physically fit.”

“He simply told me that he liked the way I trained and put his trust in me on the pitch.”

On his personal ambitions, he said, “With Roma I hope to play as many games as possible and reach the Conference League final. With the national team I hope to play the European Championship. It’s normal that I’d like to play the Conference League final in Tirana, it would make me feel very proud.”

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