Roma boss Jose Mourinho heaped praise on his players after they won 3-0 over Udinese at the Stadio Olimpico this evening.
Coming off a 1-0 to Feyenoord in the Europa League, the Special One lauded the Giallorossi’s response against the Zebrette and ahead of Thursday’s return leg.
“We took a risk and changed a lot of players today, there were only a few that played 90 minutes on Thursday,” Mourinho said to DAZN.
“But tonight was a superb response from the team, it was a ‘team win’. The result is a bit deceiving because this wasn’t an easy game, I only felt calm after Tammy scored the third goal.”
“They played in our half quite a bit and you could tell we were fatigued. We had some difficulties in the low block but then we had Rui Patricio make a penalty save.”
Mourinho was then asked about the importance of Roma’s homegrown players, two of whom were on the scoresheet this evening in Edoardo Bove and Lorenzo Pellegrini.
“I like the club’s mindset when it comes to this, including the strong relationship it has with youth football. Football is universal, there’s a lot of foreign players but the Italian players from Italy and Rome especially know how adapt and create an understanding with the fans.”
“Bove played very well today but he made a mistake that could’ve changed the match. If Rui Patricio hadn’t saved the penalty it would’ve become very complicated.”
He added, “But I’m not mad at Bove, it’s a part of growing up. I’m very pleased with this Italian youngster who’s also a Romanista.”