Mourinho discusses importance of Roma’s charity funds in friendly with Shakhtar Donetsk

Andy Mattioli

Jose Mourinho was interviewed by Shakhtar Donetsk following last night’s 5-0 win in a packed Olimpico where, thanks to its sold out crowd, Roma were able to raise funds for those suffering as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

“We have to consider these matches from two perspectives: the first one is the football perspective and includes us playing against a good team who like to play attacking football and build from the back. That’s important.”

“Then there is the human side and, of course, I think everyone at the stadium was united to support a country and a people who are going through a very difficult time.”

“I played in Ukraine before, but never in Donetsk and never against Shakhtar, which is incredible given the number of games they’ve played at a European level.”

“It was great to play against them, even in this situation where they lost a lot of players. They play good football and that’s important to us. And then there is the humanitarian side, football can show human feelings and what we saw here at the Olimpico is important.”

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