Jose Mourinho insists it was ‘not straightforward’ for Roma to win 2-1 away to Trabzonspor within the UEFA Europa Convention League play-offs, however they ‘remained balanced and strong’ all through.
Away targets now not rely double, nevertheless it was nonetheless a powerful 2-1 victory in Turkey with Lorenzo Pellegrini’s cushioned volley and an Eldor Shomurodov tap-in across the momentary Andreas Cornelius equaliser.
“This isn’t a Convention League stage opponent, it felt extra like a Champions League play-off,” Mourinho informed Sky Sport Italia.
“It was not straightforward, they’ve lots of skilled gamers. There was strain and if anybody thought this might be straightforward, they had been sorely mistaken. The followers additionally performed their half with an amazing ambiance.
“The staff remained balanced and strong, that’s the necessary factor. We struggled a little bit after the break purely on a bodily stage, particularly these like Jordan Veretout and Bryan Cristante who haven’t managed to do a lot health work in pre-season.
“A priority I did have is that we reached the hazard zone so many occasions with out scoring, and a few gamers didn’t completely observe the tactical plan. I nonetheless preferred the staff, we received and my emotions would’ve been constructive even with out the victory.”
Convention League: Roma conquer Trabzonspor
The second leg is on the Stadio Olimpico on Thursday night and a 50 per cent capability will probably be allowed, with solely those that have proved their COVID-free standing allowed into the venue.
“The Olimpico crowd may have its say on Thursday and we hope to succeed in the group stage.”
The coach has determined that when the squad returns to Rome tonight, they are going to sleep on the Trigoria coaching camp.
“The wives and girlfriends of the gamers won’t be pleased with my choice! However that is the lifetime of an expert, the holiday is over. We’re getting again late and wish to completely get better.”
— AS Roma (@OfficialASRoma) August 19, 2021