Mourinho praises Wijnaldum, Llorente in Roma victory

Andy Mattioli

Roma boss Jose Mourinho analyzed the team’s victory over Sampdoria, praising the likes of Wijnaldum and Llorente.

In his post-match interview with DAZN, Mourinho remarked, “I’m satisfied, in the first half we created a lot of chances. Then we scored and didn’t keep the ball for a while, they got close and put us in trouble when the match was still at 1-0. Then I made substitutions with El Shaarawy and Solbakken, so Paulo played a bit deeper and we got the ball back.”

“I felt that, sooner or later, this type of performance would come from Gini,” he continued. “I’m really satisfied with his progressive evolution. But Diego Llorente also played very well with Smalling in a 4-man defense. He worked really well during the break, and as a manager that’s what really struck me about today: Llorente’s performance.”

“I could have used Celik as a central defender but he’d never done it before so we opted for a four-man defense. I was really happy with Llorente because he allowed us to keep more possession.”

On Roma owners Dan and Ryan Friedkin attending the match, Mourinho responded, “I’m happy they came to see us play. I hope they had fun. This is their club and I work for them.”

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