Tammy Abraham discusses Mourinho’s impact, Europa League hopes

Andy Mattioli

Roma forward Tammy Abraham spoke about the importance of having Jose Mourinho on the touchline ahead of the Europa League final.

The Englishman gave an interview to CBS Sports Golazo on a number of different topics.

“Now we know the feeling of lifting a European trophy, it happened last year. I am sure we will want to replicate that feeling. We want to collect new memories,” Abraham said.

“Mourinho? He made me discover another facet of football, as well as some features I never thought I would have. Now I help to defend like I’ve never done in my entire career, but I like to do it for my teammates.”

“Last year I scored goals and won a trophy, this year I hope to do the same. With Mourinho my main goal is to learn different aspects of the game. Everyone knows me as a striker, but now I’ve evolved and I’m showing different characteristics.”

“I speak for everybody in the dressing room when I say that Mourinho is the type of coach we needed,” Abraham added.

“He is balanced in everything. He talks to the players face to face in private or even in front of the group. He knows the players and knows how to relate to them.”

“Before the Conference League semi-final he called me to his office and I asked him: Am I playing well or not? I had scored a brace in the previous match, but he said it wasn’t enough. The next game was against Leicester and he said to me: ‘You’re tall Tammy, I know you’re going to score.’ When the game started I immediately thought, ‘I have to score with my head.’ And it happened. At the end of the game he came to me and said: I told you. He is really important to us.”

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