Smalling after win over Salernitana: “We won with personality and merit.”

Defender Chris Smalling gifts Roma a late victory in a tight game against Salernitana.

The English centre-back stressed the importance of the team staying united until the end of the match in a post-game interview with DAZN.

“Even though we were one goal down at half-time, we wanted the three points. We couldn’t afford to lose this match and in the second half we won it with personality and merit,” he said.

When asked about his improved physical condition, the Englishman commented, “Last year, after making my move permanent, I had a rather serious injury that I carried with me for a long time.”

“This year I started off strong, in great shape, I’m working hard to always be available to the coach and the team.”

On whether a positive result is possible in the second leg to the quarterfinals of the Conference League, he said, “Today’s match was very important for the league but also in view of the Conference match that awaits us.”

He concluded, “We have to play with the same personality as we did in the second half today.”

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