“Mourinho change our mentality”: Roma midfielder Jordan Veretout

Jose Mourinho celebrates with his team

Roma midfielder Jordan Veretout admitted that Jose Mourinho’s management and leadership style has changed the team’s mentality.

The Frenchman applauded that Portuguese technician for being a manager who has won everything and has made a difference in their playing style.

“Mourinho has changed our mentality. We can go far if we continue like this,” he mentioned.

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Football is a Psychological Game

Veretout went into detail about his increased scoring output under the former Porto manager. The midfielder already has 4 goals and 2 assists to his name in eight league appearances—which puts him on pace to easily surpass last season’s tally of 10 goals.

He also recently won the Nations League with France: making it clear that he’s taken a major step forward since Mourinho’s arrival in the Italian capital.

“We’ve got a difficult month ahead of us with Roma. We didn’t beat any of the big clubs last season, so I hope we can do better this season,” Veretout added.

“Every day I’m working to improve, such as penalty kicks. But Mourinho is a manager that you want to repay double what he asks of you.”

Although Roma were defeated two days ago by the Bianconeri, Mourinho’s men were clearly the better side and were unlucky to leave Turin with all three points.

It marks the third loss of their league campaign, but the team is showing clear signs of progress under Mourinho and patience will be required.

Except for his brief stint in Tottenham, the 58 year-old has won silverware at every stop in his managerial career. It will obviously take time for things to click, but Veretout’s words highlight the early improvements under Mourinho.

Mourinho’s 1000th Game

Mourinho recently won his one thousandth match as a manager after Roma defeated Sassuolo. The Giallorossi secured the victory in the final seconds thanks to a sensational goal from Stephan El Shaarawy.

Speaking after the match, Mourinho couldn’t hide his excitement.

“I was lying, even to myself when I said that this was not a special game. It was.”

“It is an extraordinary number for me, and I will remember it to the last day of my life. I had a tremendous fear that I would live forever with the memory of a defeat on the day of my 1,000th game on the bench. I lied to everyone about that.”

The Portuguese coach joined Roma in a three-year contract with hopes to make the team achieve tremendous success. He had an excellent prior relationship with the club owner, Friedkin, and its general manager Tiago Pinto. 

Roma’s website indicated that Mourinho came to develop sustainable growth, not an isolated moment of success. He said he plans to stick around until Roma’s returns to its former glory. 

Fresh Opportunity

Italian journalists and players hold Mourinho in high regard, in a way he never experienced in England. Despite Rome being an incredibly difficult environment, working in Serie A allows him an opportunity to work in peace rather than constantly clashing with the British tabloids.

Mourinho said the opportunity is fulfilling, free from judgment and unrealistic expectations. It’s a platform to get money for his new project. He has already made significant strides in studying the squad’s strengths and weaknesses. Mourinho instills a success mentality in the team. 

According to the three-year contract between Jose Mourinho and the club, Roma should be competing and winning silverware within a few years.

Mourinho is working on a unique project different from those used at Man United, Tottenham, or Chelsea. The project, he believes, will be a great platform to relaunch his success and return Roma’s lost glory.

And there’s no better time for the ‘Special One’ to awaken the sleeping capital giant. League rivals Inter are experiencing financial difficulties, Juventus are in a transitional period, while Milan are slowly working their way back to prominence.

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