Five things Mourinho mentioned after Roma’s win over Torino

Roma made it three wins and three clean sheets in a row by beating Torino 1-0 on Sunday.

Tammy Abraham scored the only goal of the game to keep the recent momentum going.

Here are five key quotes from Jose Mourinho after the match.

On Chris Smalling

“He’s a top player with a lot of experience, but one we need to manage in the right way because he’s got a bit of an injury record behind him at the moment. [Gianluca] Mancini and [Roger] Ibanez have been very reliable.”

On the wing-backs

“I have never seen Rick Karsdorp play as well as he is right now, while I always thought [Stephan] El Shaarawy was a purely offensive player who was best used to change games from the bench – and now he’s doing what he’s doing.”

On an understanding between Tammy Abraham and Nicolo Zaniolo

“That understanding started away from the pitch – there’s a small group of the younger lads that are always together, including Bryan Reynolds and Rick Karsdorp. Maybe it’s good for Nicolo to learn English. The connection on the pitch is easy to see because they have those qualities.”

On Lorenzo Pellegrini’s injury

“Now we have a few issues in midfield, unfortunately. It looks like Pellegrini will be out for a few weeks, but overall the group is a strong one.”

On the scoreline

“I thought we could have got a second goal, and that would have allowed us to play a bit differently in the closing stages. But I really like winning in this manner and I told my players afterwards that I prefer it to winning 5-0: because this is a win of spirit and determination.”

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