Mourinho urges Roma to not underestimate Slavia Praha

Andy Mattioli

Jose Mourinho urged his team to not underestimate Slavia Praha in Roma’s return leg on Thursday night.

The Portuguese technician spoke to Sky Sport on the eve of Roma’s showdown in Prague.

“We are in a great position to qualify to the next round,” said the Special One. “Last year we had the difficult experience of finishing second in the group and we played the playoff games in February against a team that came from the Champions League, it was tough so it would be important to avoid this happening again.”

“We can do it by winning tomorrow, drawing tomorrow and winning one of the remaining games or losing tomorrow by just one goal with two games left to play. There are different ways arithmetically to reach a positive outcome tomorrow. But in the last 7-8 games between Serie A and Europa League we have only lost to Inter, if we can continue to win games, then that is what we want.”

“For me all games are important. Slavia’s stadium is a small, beautiful stadium with strong fans and a good team, which has the typical soul of teams who play to win championships and who often win every weekend. It will be tough for us, but we will try to bring home the result.”

“Lukaku? He will play. I will not rest him,” added Mourinho.

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