Roma attacker Tammy Abraham spoke about his rapport with boss Jose Mourinho and the manager’s importance in guiding him through the recent offensive slump that saw the Englishman collect only three league goals in 15 appearances.
Upon the team’s return from Portugal, Abraham spoke to La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“Everything went well in Portugal, for me and for the team. We worked hard together and found more confidence. Sure, winning is always nice, even more so if you score.”
“For me it’s always a pleasure to score goals for Roma, a club that has always been very important in my life. The win against the Waalwijk gives us confidence towards the restart of the season. Now we dive into the league, and we can’t wait to get started.”
Abraham also discussed his recent scoring drought: “These are things that happen in football. This time it happened to me to go through some ups and downs during the season, but before it had happened to other players and it will happen again.”
“Last year was a great season, where everything went well for me, everything went in the right direction. Sure, this year I started off slowly, but I want to make up for it, both for myself and the team. I’m also convinced that these moments make you stronger in the long run.”
On missing the World Cup: “It was certainly a disappointment, I wasn’t happy with it, that’s clear. But even these are things that make you stronger, that leave you with that desire to do more and more, to improve. After all, even in the past my career has always been characterized by these moments. I’m still young, I still have many years ahead of me, I’m sure I’ll have the time and the way to participate in another World Cup. Now I’m focused only on Roma, I want to help them do better in the present and in the future.”
“Mourinho? I’ve said it before, for me it’s like having an uncle here in Rome, I’ve always seen him like this. He’s a point of reference. He definitely wants the best for me, he pushes me any way he can. When I don’t express myself at my best he tells me and even when I play well he’s not satisfied. And that’s just what I need, a coach who always guides me. I don’t need someone to pat me on the back, but someone to trust me. Like he does.”
On the latest rumours linking Mourinho with the Portuguese national team: “He is a great coach, it is normal that everyone wants him. For me it is also an honor that an important national team like the Portuguese is looking for him.”
“But I’m sure the coach is focused only on Roma. During this training camp he has always tried to improve us. We’ve read about the many rumors, but we don’t talk about it within the team. We are focused on the second half of the season.”
“Will Roma qualify for Champions League? We’ll do our best and see what happens, but I think we will.”