Roma boss José Mourinho was delighted with his side’s defensive performance in their 1-0 win tonight against Turin.
The Giallorossi frustrated the Granata all evening, holding them to an xG (expected goals) of less than 1.00.
“It was not easy for us to squeeze them tonight because of the breadth of their defenders, honestly I expected us to score more,” Mourinho began in his interview with DAZN.
“But for me, winning like that is more satisfying than winning 5-0. This type of victory takes a lot of focus and teamwork.
He continued: “We were without Cristante, Villar and Veretout tonight, then we had to face Pellegrini who got injured. We will be without him for a few weeks but for me Diawara played a very, very balanced game for the team.
“Mkhitaryan and Perez also did an amazing job for the team and were invited to do different things. I’m very happy with the players.
“The chemistry of Abraham and Zaniolo on the pitch is what they made of it. There is a small group of young players here who spend a lot of time together, including Tammy and Nicolo.
Mourinho also discussed the performance of defender Chris Smalling, who made his first league start since September with a prolonged hamstring injury.
“Smalling is a high level player with a lot of experience. We have to manage his minutes given his injury history, but Mancini and Ibanez are also strong.
“But let’s also look at Karsdorp and El Shaarawy, who I thought was just a striker. The team were fantastic, even after the nasty losses the team never made me feel negative. “
“These guys love to win and tonight shows it, tonight it was a team win, just look at Amadou, who didn’t play much, Carles and even Mkhi, who was written off by the papers a month ago.”
Finally, “We have another important game this Wednesday against Bologna. I will be happy to see Siniša, to whom I send a big huge.