“I like to win. So does he.”
Three weeks after his contract expired at Juventus, Paulo Dybala has agreed to a three-year deal with Roma under Jose Mourinho. And as he pointed out in his first interview as a Roma player, he loves to win as much as his new coach does.
The Argentine is Roma’s second big signing of the summer after Nemanja Matic joined from Man United, and it shows a lot of intention from Roma to bring success to the city.
Dybala scored 115 goals in seven seasons at Juventus, winning 12 trophies along the way, including five Serie A titles. He is used to silverware, and we all know Mourinho is a serial winner too, and the two will be excited to partner with each other in the new season. Roma hadn’t won a trophy since 2008 until Mourinho took over as boss and brought the UEFA Europa Conference League back to Rome in his first season as boss.
They haven’t won Serie A since 2001, although they have remained one of the big clubs in Serie A for so long, with the impact of the likes of Totti. But Mourinho and Dybala will hope to continue building and become title contenders as soon as possible.
They are building bit by bit and the ambition is clear with this latest big-name signing. They’ll be hoping to cause some surprises this season, and Mourinho loves to be an underdog and prove people wrong so any doubters will only fuel the fire.
It was Mourinho that no doubt played a huge role in attracting Dybala, which just goes to show the power of an ambitious manager. Aiming for a Champions League place will be the target for the coming season, and if that is successful, Mourinho may stay at Roma for a few more seasons to see how far he can take the club in Europe.
The interesting thing about Dybala is his playing style. He is very intelligent as a player and is always looking to use his creativity and this is why Mourinho brought him over from Juventus. Knowing the tactical side of Mourinho, he can play very defensive if needed but in doing so he always has a creative player in the middle that can open things up.
This is Dybala’s job. He needs to have the team they’re facing thinking they have their backs against the wall but he has the magic to open the door. This is what Dybala likes, playing when he feels free makes him the player he has become.
Let’s hope he can build a great partnership with Tammy Abraham because we have seen how much they love Dybala on his arrival and because I have always loved Rome and been going there for years, I hear all the time how great Tammy was last season.
It would be great to see Dybala rise like he did when he was feeling loved and happy at Juve. #mmlove