Jose Mourinho had high praise for Roma star Paulo Dybala ahead of tonight’s Europa League clash against Real Betis.
The 28-year-old Argentinian forward signed a three-year deal with the Giallorossi in the summer after leaving Juventus on a free transfer, adding an exciting and experienced forward to Mourinho’s squad. Dybala has started life in the Italian capital well, scoring four goals and providing two assists in seven Serie A appearances.
Speaking to Fox Sports, Mourinho first spoke highly about Real Betis and their coach Manuel Pellegrini.
“Winning the Copa del Rey in Spain without being Real Madrid, Barcelona or Atletico Madrid means a lot. Pellegrini knows how to win, he has won, he has players with great experience who play in the national team.”
He touched on the Giallorossi’s mental growth since his arrival last year.
“We’ve grown a lot this year, against top teams like Juventus and Inter we have done well. We played with a confidence that we didn’t have last year.”
Finally, Mourinho gave his thoughts on Dybala and his importance to Roma.
“He is doing a very good job. He knows his players perfectly and he knows that from the midfield onwards, Argentina has a lot of options but for me Dybala is one of the best players in the world.
“Dybala has taken this responsibility to be an important player for Roma. He has the tranquillity of great players and I think that with the 60,000 at the stadium, he will be at the top.”
Roma lost their European opener in Bulgaria, suffering a 2-1 defeat to Ludogorets, but they bounced back at home against HJK, picking up a 3-0 win. A victory against Real Betis this evening is important as the Giallorossi look to progress to the Round of 16 of the Europa League.