Rui Patricio: “We have the opportunity to fight for a trophy.”

Portuguese shot-stopper Rui Patricio sat alongside manager Jose Mourinho in today’s press conference. Patricio was asked to speak about his role in the team, Roma’s defensive organization and more.

“We have the opportunity to continue fighting for a trophy. We want to go as far as possible, we have to believe in this journey,” said the number one.

“We have to play with ambition in order to win, especially when you play in a big club like ours. We will do our best.”

“I just think about working hard every day. I want to grow and help the team, it’s my job. I am going through a good moment of form but it must serve as a stimulus to improve even further.”

When asked about the organization at the back, Patricio stressed the importance of the team as a whole rather than just the individuals on the pitch. “The organization of the team, from game to game, matters more than the individual choices in the defense.”

“Each player has to do their job to the fullest, then it’s up to me to adapt to the team. I have to do my best to help the team. What matters most is winning games.”

On conceding fewer goals in this recent stretch of games, the 34-year-old said, “It is not only thanks to the goalkeeper or the defense, but to the whole team and the collective work it does. We need to improve and now we are going through a good defensive moment.”

He emphasized that “The goal is always to be more dangerous in front and take as few goals as possible.”

“All the goals I’ve conceded, and vice versa, I always go back to them, to see if there is a solution and a way to improve. I want to take this opportunity to understand how I can train differently.”

“After every game I always try to draw something positive even from a mistake. I consider this to be important.”

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