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Real Sociedad’s Brais Mendez previews Roma showdown in Europa League

Andy Mattioli

Real Sociedad midfielder Brais Mendez discussed with anticipation the upcoming first leg of the Europa League playoffs with Roma at the Stadio Olimpico on Thursday night.

“Roma are a great team,” Mendez said in an interview with “They’ve improved a lot this past summer with the signings of Dybala and Belotti.”

“We know how good Mourinho is in knockout competitions, and the fact that they won the Conference League last year is no accident. We will have to play at our maximum level to best face them.”

“Dybala? When I signed with Real Sociedad I was hoping to play great nights of European football. My debut was at Old Trafford, where we won and I scored. On Thursday we will play in a historic stadium, against players who are world stars like Dybala. Dealing with him is a huge challenge for us.”

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