Alisson: “I did not want to leave Roma.”


Roma goalkeeper Alisson spoke to Brazilian portal Folha. These are his words:

“I did not want to leave Roma, but if I did not have the confidence in being able to play, I would have asked to leave because this is the most important season of my career. I wouldn’t want to have done so, but I also need to think of myself and my goals. Now I know that everything depends on me and my performances, because no one in Brazil during a World Cup year has a guaranteed place.”



“Last season, I played very little due to the choices of our former manager, Spalletti. I am a calm guy and I don’t like talking. I didn’t feel comfortable going to him and saying things because he chose to have two high-level goalkeepers and he played me in the cup competitions. He used meritocracy because Szczesny had done well the previous year. Let’s say I learned to have some patience. People will get to know my work, which I always do to the best of my ability. I have to say, though, even last year while I playing little, I had good performances. Being a goalkeeper in Italy is different, in Brazil it’s about strength and explosion, at Roma, we do more work on technique and positioning. Joining these all these ideas is fantastic.”

The Editor of RomaPress.us, John has been covering Italian football as a freelance journalist for over 10 years and has appeared in various publications including ASRoma.com, EuroFantasyLeague.com, and ESPN.