Mourinho: “This is not my project. This is Roma’s project.”


The Special One released an interview to Serie A’s official YouTube channel. The Portuguese technician touched upon the season ahead, the project at the club and the objectives for the coming years.

“This is not the Friedkins project, it is not the Tiago Pinto project, it is not the Mourinho project, it is the Roma project.”

“I know the fans, I know the city and if you think that the project is ‘I arrive tomorrow and I win the day after tomorrow’ it is not the right way. This is a project where the owners want to leave a legacy, they want to do something very important for the club in a very sustainable way. We want Roma to be successful in the future.”

On how he’s feeling as a manager in 2021:

“I’m much better now, I’m serious. I feel I’ve improved now because this is a job where experience matters a lot.”

“Everything becomes a deja vù because I have been through so many experiences since leaving Italy. Of course it is one thing to come to a country for the first time, where you start from zero and have a lot to learn. This is not my case.”

“I know Italy, I know the culture of football, I know something about Roma, which was my real rival, it was close to us to fight for the national titles. Now I’m ready for it.”

On Roma:

“It is truly incredible that in the last 20 years there have not been many moments to rejoice and celebrate together. But that passion never faded.”

“It is very easy to be a great supporter of a team that continually wins, it is another thing to be a fan in this type of situation, this means a lot to me. I hope the team becomes a reflection of who they are.”

On the team:

“I’ve always said that you can only get to know a player if you work with him. But in reality only when you are with them on the pitch, when you look at the difficulties, when you experience the positive things does it mean that you really start to know them.”

“Everyone must feel that I want to give everything to the team. Everyone must be happy when we win, everyone must be sad when we lose, but everyone must be united as a team.”