Roma assistant Salvatore Foti: “Mourinho is unique, I knew we’d beat Feyenoord.”

Andy Mattioli

Roma’s assistant manager Salvatore Foti – who joined the Giallorossi in January after João Sacramento’s exit – spoke to Il Secolo XIX about working with Jose Mourinho and helping the capital club lift their first trophy in 14 years.

“The party with thousands of fans on the streets of Rome, and the ride with the open tour bus were incredible but the thought goes to a warehouse worker at Trigoria who burst into tears of happiness 24 hours after the final,” said Foti.

“The joy of those who love and live for Roma excites me. Mourinho spoke of family: that’s it, there was a special union that then makes you want to win.”

“You have to experience it every day to understand Mourinho and his world, but it is no coincidence that he has won so many trophies in places where people are not used to winning.”

“He is inimitable, beyond his football skills he has innate charisma and energy that create a unique chemistry whereby everyone pulls in the same direction.”

“In Tirana I was tense but convinced that we would somehow win, the same feeling I felt in front of the TV before the Inter-Bayern Champions League final in 2010.”

On Abraham, Foti commented, “He scored 27 goals, the numbers speak for him, he just needs to improve continuity but he is young and has plenty of time to develop.”

“He’s got huge potential, complete, he has it all: with the desire to improve himself every day he will have a very important career.”

“If you win once, you want to win again it’s contagious, you want to experience moments like this all over again: we had a wonderful year, we will work to improve even more, with the dream of celebrating something again with the fans.”

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