Mourinho talks Mady Camara, Smalling performances in Samp win

Andy Mattioli

Jose Mourinho could breathe a sigh of relief after Roma pulled away with three precious points in last night’s hard fought win at the Ferraris stadium in Genova.


The Special One attended the post-match press conference where he discussed Mady Camara’ debut in last night’s starting eleven.

“He played a very good game,” Mourinho said of the Guinean midfielder who joined Roma as a late minute signing from Olympiakos in August. “The truth is that even the good players need time to learn how to play with their new team. He’s learning bit by bit.”

“In Seville he played 45 minutes, today he started the match. There are some movements which he cannot fail to do. Because it’s not only about talent, but also awareness and knowledge.”

“When he first came here he needed time to regenerate physically. Now he’s starting to learn about how we play. I’m pleased with his performance,” he concluded.

“Smalling? He was taught to play in a two-man defense in Manchester, but now he’s got the perfect acumen to play in a three-man backline. If I were the coach of a national team, I would do anything to have someone like him at my disposal.”

“I don’t think it’s a lack of respect to Gareth Southgate when I say that I feel very sorry for a player who’s playing at such a high level like Smalling and who won’t get the opportunity he deserves.”

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