Vincenzo Montella discusses Mourinho’s impact at Roma

Andy Mattioli

Former Roma attacker Vincenzo Montella spoke about his ten years in the Italian capital and backed Jose Mourinho and his impact on the club in a recent interview with Corriere dello Sport.

“Spalletti? I never had an easy relationship with any of the managers with whom I worked in my career as a footballer,” said the ex-Roma striker.

“In the final years he didn’t give me as much playing time as I deserved, but I love him nonetheless. In the end I decided to quit once I didn’t feel any anger or frustration when confronted by the prospect of sitting on the bench.”

Montella addressed Roma’s current situation. “Roma have had many important players injured to begin with; Dybala, Spinazzola, among others… it’s normal that the team struggles because of it. The Argentine shifts the balance, when you don’t have him it’s a problem.”

“My nephew always goes to the stadium and sends me videos from the Olimpico. It seems to me that a magic has been recreated between the public and the team and this is a great merit of the coach. I really like the Friedkins and how they do business. They don’t talk, they plan, and try to do the best. Not words, but facts.”

“De Rossi’s future coaching career? He will have to be good at stripping himself of the player mentality he was attached to for so many years. I wish him the best.”

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