Roma attacker Eldor Shomurodov discussed his first seven months in the Italian capital following his summer switch from Genoa.
The Uzbek international joined the Giallorossi last August in a deal worth €17.5 million. The attacker has primarily featured as a substitute so far this season, featuring in the starting eleven only five times.
In total, Shomurodov has amassed 4 goals and 5 assists in 28 total appearances in all competitions—figures that he’s aiming to improve.
“Right when I arrived at Roma I realised I had to change my mentality,” the 26 year-old told UEFA.com.
“The expectations here are incredibly high, so you have to go into every single match with thoughts of winning. There’s also incredibly serious competition within the squad. You have to prove in every single match you deserve to be in the squad.”
He continued, “Our objective this season, above all, is getting into the Champions League and winning the Conference League: these are our primary goals.”
“Individually, though, I want to help the team win games and trophies. My personal goals always coincide with the team’s: when the team wins, you always win.”
Shomurodov also detailed what it’s been like to train under Roma boss José Mourinho, who also joined the club last summer.
He explained, “From the very start it became clear that he sets big objectives and he’s always aiming to achieve them.”
“He’s very demanding in terms of discipline and in our game. He wants to win every match and he’s making us strive for the same. He’s very particular when it comes to tactics and how we play. As far as my game, though, I need to score more goals.”
Finally, Shomurodov expressed his favorite memory so far with the Giallorossi.
“It was my first official match for Roma (away against Trabzonspor in the Conference League knockout round). They were preparing to substitute me off but then I scored,” he joked.
“I was happy to score in my debit give the team the chance to advance in the competition, the emotions were incredible.”
“I dedicated that goal to my grandmother because it was her birthday. She’s always supported me and watches all of my games with the rest of my family.”