Mady Camara’s road to Mourinho’s starting line-up

Andy Mattioli

Mady Camara’s late arrival in the final days of the summer window – as an alternative to injured Gini Wijnaldum – set the Guinean midfielder back in terms of form compared to his new Roma teammates.

Jose Mourinho insisted on Camara undergoing a difficult and demanding period of individual drills before having him join the Giallorossi’s regular group sessions.

According to Corriere dello Sport, Camara lost around 2-3kg in the process, which helped him improve his agility and pace. During the international break, the ex-Olympiakos man continued to take part in individual training drills, similarly to Andrea Belotti, to return to his ideal form.

With Nemanja Matic picking up an injury in recent weeks, Camara’s emergence enabled Mourinho to experiment with his starting eleven. Now, the Guinean midfielder is a regular player in Mourinho’s rotations and is expected to continue featuring from the start until the World Cup break.

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