Mourinho praises his new fanbase: “This is a great club with incredible fans.”

Andy Mattioli

With pre-season training underway at Trigoria, José Mourinho spoke to Portuguese sports outlets Correio da Manhã and CMTV about his new challenge in the Italian capital.

The manager first described his last few years in the Premier League, and more specifically, Tottenham:

“I wanted to leave England the same way I left Real Madrid wanting to go to England. Over the course of these last few years, I’ve been to three different clubs and thought to myself that perhaps it was best to move on.”

He added:

“Where? To a country I loved living in and working and where I have had success.”

The Special One also shared his thoughts about the welcoming he received upon arrival in the Italian capital and the project he was presented with by the Friedkins and General Manager Tiago Pinto.

“Roma is a different club. It is a great club with incredible fans who are hungry for success, because for the past 20 years they haven’t tasted it. According to the new ownership, it was necessary to re-organize the club from within. To do that, they first hired a General Manager, and then they went after a coach with extensive experience at this level.”

Finally, he clarified the current objectives of his new challenge at Roma:

“We’re not thinking of winning immediately. This a job that involves passion because this is a special city with a club that hasn’t been able to be special enough to provide people something worth celebrating.”

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