Monchi: “Today is an excellent opportunity for us to restart.”


Monchi to Roma TV before Real Madrid-Roma:

The debut in the Champions League, a difficult but special stadium.
I agree, it’s a stadium that has a lot of history behind it, and it’s hard to play here, but we’re talking about a team that has won everything. It’s nice to start this journey here, we hope to get as far as possible, but we also know that it is difficult.

What sort of moment is it for Roma?
Not an easy moment, we must be honest. We are not in the moment we hoped to be in, but it is normal for a season to have such moments. The important thing is to understand what the problem is and get out of it as soon as possible. The team knows we have to improve. Today is an excellent opportunity to start over and get to the goals we have in mind.

How important is it to have a good performance today?
So much because it is a problem of trust. Footballers are also people. Sometimes trust is needed because no one is faultless and today is a wonderful opportunity.

The players in the stands?
It’s not easy. We have a lot of good players. The Champions League allows only seven players on the bench so someone will be out. Today those will be Kluivert, Juan Jesus and Karsdorp, but the next time it will be up to others. The Mister is happy with everyone. These are difficult choices to make, but this is also the job of the manager.

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.