Spezia boss Thiago Motta discusses facing mentor José Mourinho

Spezia boss Thiago Motta
John Solano

Spezia boss Thiago Motta reflected on the “very positive memories” he made as a player under José Mourinho as he prepares to face his mentor tomorrow evening in the Italian capital.

It will be the first time that Motta, 39, faces his former boss since retiring as a player in 2018.

It’s been a difficult campaign for Spezia, who find themselves in a battle to avoid relegation sitting two points above the drop zone in 17th.

“We have to avoid situations like last week’s, where we threw away a two goal lead and had to settle for a point,” he began.

“A strong opponent awaits us—they have a lot of quality and technical players. We have to learn how to better manage a match if we want to improve.”

“As for Mourinho, I have very good memories with him. We conquered the treble together and he served as an inspiration for everyone with his leadership, charisma, and his way of conveying his ideas.”

He continued, “The Giallorossi have strong individuals and recently changed their tactical setup to five at the back. Though, I’m expecting a very strong Roma, they’re built for Europe.”

“Their objectives are completely different to ours. We must avoid relegation while they are thinking about the Champions League.”

“We’ll try to give them problems by utilising our strengths. They are missing some guys, but I’m expecting the very best Roma.”

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