ROME – José Mourinho is ready for his last three games in his first season at Roma. It is not yet time to take stock in view of the Conference League final to be played on May 25th, but in the meantime the Special One is speaking to Sky Sports Uk has set goals for next season and talked about some of his pupils in the Giallorossi team.
On the relationship with Mkhitaryan.“We have won three titles together (Community Shield, League Cup, Europa League) at Man United, unfortunately the last three Man United titles. I say ‘unfortunately’ because, yes, I like the club very, very much and wish the best. . We won three titles together, so everything was fine. In the second season, things went differently. At the beginning of the year people were saying, “Miki with Jose has no chance, Jose is the kind of guy when her. things are bad they never go well again, ‘just the opposite has been proven. We were very mature, honest with each other at that moment also with Mino, rest in peace Mino, the discussion was very good. I always try to be very honest with the players. I saw that my project in Rome needs a player like Miki, I also understand the importance of him in the group and he is experiencing a fantastic season “.
On Smalling.“With Chris (Smalling) it was about finding a balance on his body that allows him to play regularly. He has experience and great qualities. Also tactically in relation to the team’s play system and defensive organization. Chris is doing very well this season, playing at a level that makes me really happy with him because he is a fantastic player. He is recognized in Italy as ‘Smalldini’, half Smalling, half (Paolo) Maldini. He is doing amazing things for us. “
What are the goals for the second season?“We want to try to get into the Champions League, but when you look at the investment level of Inter, Milan and Juventus, you realize that these places should be closed. There is a fourth place, last season it was Atalanta, this season it’s Napoli, can we get there next season? I think so. In this second part of the season, after the transfer market in January, we made small enough changes to improve the team. I’m not as lucky as some coaches who can buy that they want. By doing things with a criterion we can improve things. Next season after this year of work and evolution at all levels I think we have a chance and this is the next goal for next season. “
Do you like Matic?“I never like talking about other players, I don’t think it’s good for me, for the club, for the players. Everyone knows my relationship with Nemanja, he is one of the guys who has my trust. We won together, we have also fought together in United. He is a fantastic player, but this is the kind of response that is not good for me or for the player. “
About the future. “Right now, everything is very calm because I have another two years of contract. The club has not approached me to try to extend so as not to put me in a situation of acceptance or non-acceptance. Everything is calm, stable and so on. it has to be. I have to finish the season in the best possible way and start next season 100% because I’m not looking for a change, my people know that. I couldn’t leave the club in my second season, I couldn’t do it at the club. next season I’m here. I learned what Newcastle is and how to really appreciate the club through the eyes and heart of Sir Bobby. I’m very happy they have found their stability. Eddie (Howe) is doing a good job, the club gave the tools for a change in the January market and I wish them the best. “
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