Zalewski after Derby win: “I’m grateful to Mourinho for his trust in me.”

Andy Mattioli

Nicola Zalewski, the former Primavera player now serving at Mourinho’s order, was one of the protagonist’s in tonight’s win of the Derby della Capitale.

The Polish international continues his good form on the left flank, creating plenty of problems to the opponent, giving Roma an additional weapon down the wing.

The youngster was interviewed by DAZN after the final whistle and could hardly catch his breath. “It’s an unbelievable feeling,” he said.

“I’m very happy about our performance tonight. I’m more proud of our attitude than anything on a tactical or technical level, because unlike Lazio, we had very little time to prepare for tonight.”

“We showed a lot of character which allowed us to bring home the result we wanted.”

On Mourinho’s role in his development, Zalewski said, “He’s very important to me. I’m playing in a position I never played, and I’m playing quite well.”

“I’m very happy to be coached by one of the greatest managers in the history of the sport. I’m grateful for his trust in me.”

When asked what it was like to cover an experienced winger in the form of Felipe Anderson, Zalewski said, “You’re correct, it wasn’t an easy task. That is why my teammates helped me a lot.”

“We didn’t prepare much from a tactical and technical point of view, but we proved it from a character standpoint, scoring after a minute. We immediately made it clear that the game had to go to our side and it did.”

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