Five things Mourinho mentioned after Roma’s first-half frenzy against Empoli

Roma’s first-half efforts were enough to see them over the line in a 4-2 win over Empoli on Sunday evening.

All of Roma’s goals came in a dominant opening 45 minutes, before Empoli put some pressure on and halved the deficit after the break.

Tammy Abraham scored twice for Roma to reach double figures of Serie A goals, before Sergio Oliveira and Nicolo Zaniolo also got on the scoresheet.

The second half was more draining for Roma, but they saw out the win they wanted.

Here’s how Jose Mourinho analysed proceedings in his post-match interviews.

On winning to take advantage of other results

“Yes, but it’s still a really good result. Winning at Empoli is never easy and to win 4-2 is a great result. Before the game started we knew that Lazio and Atalanta had drawn and so had Fiorentina [against Cagliari], so it was really important for us that we got the three points – and we managed to do that.”

On not controlling the second half

“In situations like this I don’t really like to talk about our issues, but rather give credit to the quality of the opposition – they played well. If someone had offered me a last-minute 1-0 win before we kicked off then I would have taken it.”

On Henrikh Mkhitaryan marking Samuele Ricci

“When you are given the freedom to play in that part of the pitch, especially when you have the sort of quality the kid [Ricci] has … we analysed the opposition and we prepared for the game really well. Micki did really well.”

On what Oliveira is bringing

“I know Sergio, I knew he would give us something more with his physicality and his decision-making. He’s not some magician on the ball but he rarely makes a bad decision and he has character, he knows how to manage a game and when to buy a foul or slow things down. I think he has a different level of experience, coming from a side that is always fighting to win the title, and that gives you a certain attitude and mentality that we really needed to bring in.”

On how often Abraham should be scoring

“Every game. He needs to try to do that, he needs to have that sort of expectation on him. From a striker I want lots of goals. But if you don’t score but do a lot of other things to help the team, then I will still be happy.”


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