Interviews

Sevilla’s Ramon Monchi recognizes mistakes in Roma spell

Andy Mattioli
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Sevilla director and former Roma sporting director Ramon Monchi recently addressed his brief and turbulent spell with the Giallorossi.

In an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport, Monchi – who joined the capital club in the summer of 2017 and left in February 2019 – recognized his own mistakes which led to Roma failing to qualify for the Champions League.

“I tried to do my best but it’s true that I made mistakes,” Monchi told the Italian newspaper. “I’ve never had a problem admitting my mistakes but you also have to understand the context.”

“This season I was wrong in Seville too, but in Andalusia I have a history of 24 years with 19 finals and 10 trophies that make me go out quietly in the evening when I have to take my two dogs for a walk.”

“In Rome I didn’t have time to correct my mistakes. When I arrived people thought that in addition to signing the players I would score and save penalties… But the responsibility is mine. Looking back there would be so many things I wouldn’t do anymore.”

“I don’t want to focus on individual signings. With Pastore I made a mistake but the big mistake was that I had to better understand what Roma was. What it stands for the city, the fans and the press. And when I realised it, it was late.”

“95% of the responsibility was mine during that period of time,” he added. “I wasn’t myself.”

“Totti? He helped me a lot when working as a director at the club.”

“Roma are a great club and like in all clubs you have little time to perform well. That’s the big issue – nobody waits for you.”

“It would be easy to say that Roma’s management didn’t let me work. It’s not true. I can’t say anything about Baldini or Pallotta, much less about Baldissoni and Fienga.”