During the press conference before the match against Monza in round 9 of Serie A, when asked about the names involved in the illegal betting case, Nicola Zalewski and Stephan El Shaarawy, coach Jose Mourinho said he was completely satisfied. I have full confidence in my students.
“Both have spoken to me and I believe they are sincere. They are close enough to me to tell me the truth, even when it might be bad news. I trust them. AS Roma has also issued an official statement about the situation so there is nothing to worry about. In fact, I even joked with Zalewski, because I was the first person to talk to him about it, and he didn’t even know what he was talking about.”
“I was a bit sad when the front page of a newspaper in Portugal wrote “a Jose Mourinho player bet on his own match”. That damages the image of innocent players. What happens next is a legal matter, we have to wait and trust the legal system. Everyone needs to pay the price for what they have done. Anyway, it’s normal,” he said.
AS Roma is temporarily ranked 11th on the current Serie A rankings. Jose Mourinho and his team will face Monza in Sunday’s early match. A win will help them improve their position after the recent disappointing period.
Huy Truong | 13:11 October 22, 2023