Following the Giallorossi’s vital 1-0 victory over Sampdoria away from home, Roma boss Jose Mourinho provided his insight on the challenging fixture to the press.
It was the skipper Lorenzo Pellegrini who scored the sole goal that separated both sides as he stepped up to the penalty spot in the 9th minute of the fixture following a handball within the box by central defender Alex Ferrari.
As a result, the “Special One’s” side have entered the top four with a total of 22 points, only one point ahead of their city rivals Lazio and four points separating them from the league-leaders Napoli.
In an interview with DAZN, relayed by Italian news outlet Tuttomercatoweb, the Portuguese tactician provided his insight on Roma’s display at the Luigi Ferraris stadium:
It is a very important victory and I think it is also well deserved. I am very very happy. Also happy to understand that a team that I like so much, with a coach who is a younger brother, that we will return here next season. A team that plays like them, that fights like them, that you can see that it is united and plays with intensity, I am very confident that it will not go to Serie B. A special hug to a special boy. And for us it is a very important, because we have shown that we have character, soul, intelligence and heart. Someone will think differently, but we are used to it.
We played with Inter and we won because Inter were poor, but then Inter won with Barcelona and drew at the Camp Nou. We lost to Atalanta, a cynical Atalanta, with only one shot on goal and one goal. It’s hard to give credit to those who work here, but the truth is that with all the problems and limitations we have, we make the best championship possible.
It is a well deserved victory. Maybe it would have been better with less suffering. I knew that Zaniolo, entering the last 20-30 ‘, would be devastating for them. And so it was, he only missed the goal to end the game. For me it is a well-deserved victory. “