Roma’s Tiago Pinto: “It’s up to me to demonstrate the ability to carry this project forward.”

AS Roma's Tiago Pinto
John Solano

Roma General Director, Tiago Pinto, was interviewed today by Sport TV following the Giallorossi’s Europa League victory yesterday evening against Braga.

Pinto discussed his first fifty days in the Italian capital after he joined the club after spending the previous eight seasons at Benfica.

“The beginning at Roma wasn’t easy because of my bout with COVID,” he began. “I was still infected when I arrived in Italy, plus the transfer market was open. This why adapting right away wasn’t easy.”

Faced with these initial challenges, Pinto revealed that fellow compatriot and current Roma manager, Paulo Fonseca, helped him during his transition from Portugal to the club.

”His support for me has been spectacular. He’s a phenomenal manager with a lot of experience and an international level technician.”

“I’m very excited and motivated. I have faith in the project and what the owners want to do with the club. I feel their confidence and I think Roma has incredible potential. It’s up to me to show that I have the skills to carry this project forward.”

As for on the pitch, the 36 year-old was asked about Roma’s chances in the Europa League after they dismantled Braga in Portugal.

“We have to have a competitive mentality and approach every game as if it were a final. We could let things slip away from us if we look ahead to the Europa League final.”

“His support for me has been spectacular. He’s a great coach, with a lot of experience. He’s an international class coach.”

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