Mourinho describes impact of Dybala’s injury on Roma’s morale in Derby loss

Andy Mattioli

Roma manager Jose Mourinho underlined the impact that Paulo Dybala’s injury in tonight’s Derby with Lazio had on the rest of the team.

After the Argentine forward went off injured at half-time, Roma were unable to react, conceding a penalty to Lazio shortly after the break.

In Mourinho’s opinion, Dybala’s exit caused a dip in the team’s morale.

“It was a very difficult half-time break for us,” Mourinho told the media in his post-match presser. “Because losing Dybala is a huge blow for us, I immediately felt knew we would lose him for the remainder of the game.”

“Also, I immediately felt that losing Dybala was not just losing an important player, but also losing our soul, our trust, players looked at each other and it was heavy.”

“We didn’t concede a goal because of this, but then in developing the game we saw it throughout last season, we lose a lot without Dybala. He means a lot to us.”

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