Roma forward Paulo Dybala believes coach Jose Mourinho is ‘a very humble person who lives for football.’ The Argentine has had a stellar start to his career with the Giallorossi, making an important contribution to both their Serie A and Europa League campaigns.
Speaking to SoccerBible, La Joya shared his experiences about joining Roma, the city, fans and Mourinho:
It was a very special moment. What I told my family and friends was that it was a great feeling, it gave me goosebumps. Before entering the Olimpico, to hear how they were singing and the flags and everything…It was a truly incredible show.
I knew how passionate the fans were but truth be told I hadn’t expected something like this. So, I really felt the love they expressed and now I hope to be able to give back to the fans what they gave me during the presentation.
I believe it was when I stepped out there, because before that I didn’t know what was going to happen and then when they told me, about five minutes before I was due to come outside, when I knew more or less what I had to do…To see the people out there like that, and on the screen behind the scenes, like I said before, it was something incredible.
I believe in the end it was a great decision. First, I am very happy to be here, then easy because of what was said with the management and coach they 100 percent convinced me to want to be part of this team.”
Apart from what I could have imagined to find here I decided to come here because I believe in this project, what was discussed with the management, the president and the coach so the expectations are on the pitch, not outside.”
Mourinho? What we discussed gave me a lot of confidence and made me want to come here to win, to help the team, my teammates, to share what I experienced in the last few years. The coach and I share a very similar outlook, so we get on well on this.
I didn’t really know him that well before, but then we started talking… He’s a very humble person who lives for football and he shows it every day, in each training session. I believe having someone who has won so much, who is part of the history of football, who is still motivated to give his best with his team, it proves how passionate he is about football. And he is able to convey this to all of us.”