José Mourinho praises Roma boys’ fighting spirit

By Obiajulu Chiagoziem

Roma’s boss, José Mourinho has praised his boys for their tremendous display yesterday while hosting Udinese.

Roma beat Udinese to a 1-0 win through Tammy Abraham’s goal, which saw Jose Mourinho making a record-equalling 41 Serie A home matches without defeat.

Tammy Abraham scored the only goal of the match in the 1st half as they all struggle to hold the goal in second half after Lorenzo Pellegrini was issued a second yellow card for catching Lazar Samardzic with his elbow.

That win brought Roma their fourth victory in five league games this term.

Mourinho was apparently very pleased to pick up all three points against Udinese and move up to fourth in the table. However, he acknowledged his side dropped off in the second half of the contest due to the earlier first half red card to Lorenzo Pellegrini.

“We played well for about 35 minutes,” he said at his post-match news conference. “We had total control of the game, 1-0 is little for what we did. In the second half we struggled a bit more, and they reacted.

“We had to suffer a bit. But we did so as a team. We played about six or seven minutes with a man less and fought hard for the three points.” Mourinho said.

Following Pelligrini’s dismissal from the match in the first half, he’ll be missing out on sunday’s clash with bitter rival Lazio although Mourinho promises to appeal against the referees decision to Seria A board.

“It was ridiculous. We had an educational meeting with the referee chiefs and the rules were explained for two hours,” Mourinho said. “Then we get to the game and see a red like this.

“I can’t say anything except that it was ridiculous. Football is and always will be football. You cannot change it into a non-contact sport.”

He continued: “I don’t know the legal mechanisms in Italian football, but if we can appeal, then we must try. I have many doubts that anyone could say that was a deserved second yellow card. 

“If there’s a way of appealing this card, then we must do that and allow him to play on Sunday.”

Tammy while speaking on their latest win against Udinese said: “I knew there was a lot of pressure with me coming in, but I love the fans, the staff, they make me feel like family from the first day and I need to repay them,”.

“I came here to win, I love to win, the boys look to me, I have to give them confidence, and hopefully we’ll continue getting results.”he concluded.