Roma attacker Carles Pérez was interviewed by Spanish outlet AS and discussed his eight months in the Italian capital since joining the Giallorossi as well as this weekend’s Europa League showdown against Sevilla.
Did you go alone to Rome?
Yes. At the beginning, my father stayed with me for a bit, but he returned to Barcelona a week later. I spent three months alone, without leaving home (due to the lockdown), training in the morning and afternoon and then spent the rest of the time playing PlayStation.
Roma did not reach the objective of finishing in a Champions League place and had to settle for a Europa League place.
The team is very happy with the series of results we got to end the league campaign. When we realised finishing in a Champions League place was unlikely, our goal became to qualify for the Europa League and we achieved it with the fifth position.
What kind of match will it be against Sevilla?
We will enter the match with a lot of confidence because of the form we’ve been in. At Barça, I played against Sevilla and I‘ve watched some of their games this season. The truth is that they are very strong, but in the end, we’re playing a single match on a neutral pitch so anything can happen.
You’ve played 16 games between Serie A and the Europa League with 2 goals and 3 assists. Are you happy with the role you have?
Yes of course. Last season I was playing in the second tier of Spanish football. It all happened very quickly and I am very happy with how my first year in Serie A went — in particular, the level that I showed after the lockdown. We still have the Europa League in front of us. On a personal level, I think I deserve more minutes than what I have had, but all of us here are good players.
Have you followed Barça on television since you left?
Honestly, no. I only saw the Champions League game against Napoli.