Interviews

Ola Solbakken details first impressions of Mourinho and life in Rome

Andy Mattioli
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Roma’s January signing Ola Solbakken is yet to earn his first start with the Giallorossi. Nonetheless, the Norwegian forward spoke about his first month as a Roma player, working with Mourinho and adapting to a new reality in a recent interview with Nettavisen.

“Everything is new to me. I am adapting well, but it’s quite tiring,” he said of his first few weeks of training. My debut against Fiorentina? I didn’t expect to come on, to be honest. It’s a positive sign.”

“I need time to adapt, I would like to play as much as possible but I must be patient and work hard.”

“Mourinho? He’s very perceptive. When I came here I hadn’t trained with a team in weeks so I doubt he’d be willing to rely on me for more than 20-25 minutes per game. I still feel like I can contribute to the cause. He’s a very warm manager, very friendly and kind. He takes care of you and looks after everyone.”

“The only thing that matters to him is getting the three points,” Solbakken added. “Nothing is more important than the three points. The team is at the center of everything, those who play deserve it. If he thinks that someone isn’t doing enough, he takes them off.”

“The supporters are very passionate, more than I was initially led to believe. When I go shopping in Rome, I get stopped all the time, which is something that never happened in Bodo. I still don’t know what makes me so interesting to people here.”

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