Mourinho discusses Roma’s Japan trip, injury woes and more

Andy Mattioli

Jose Mourinho spoke earlier today at his first press conference in Japan where he discussed the team’s mid-season training camp including the friendlies with Nagoya Grampus and Yokohama Marinos.

The Special One also address the Giallorossi’s injury woes which he still has to deal with.

“I didn’t see the game [Germany-Japan], I was in bed, the television was on but I fell asleep, I was absolutely destroyed after the trip.”

“Congratulations to Japan, but it’s not such a big surprise, it’s a good team that is growing. In Europe, the focus is on individualities. I’ve coached Asian players and I’m lucky because I’ve coached the best, they have the right mentality, so I think yesterday wasn’t a big surprise.”

“Here in Japan I try to be as kind as I can to the wonderful people who offer us incredible hospitality and I want to give something back.”

“Grampus and Marinos? Marinos are champions, they have more quality and imagination going forward; Nagoya are organised, I expect two difficult games. I am missing some players and jet lag doesn’t help.”

“We have some important players injured, and it will be important to recover them. We have to get them back in time for the second half of the season.”

“Then the second objective is to rest those who have played 3 games a week for the past few months. After Japan they will have 10 days of rest which is important.”

“As a coach you have to be lucky to have players with the right motivations and qualities. As coaches, we can implement them but we don’t work miracles. Everyone is responsible for themselves.”

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