Henrikh Mkhitaryan: “Jose Mourinho doesn’t care if the team is playing good or bad football”
A proven winner returned to the dugout in Italy, having previously tasted title success in that tournament with Inter.
According to Mkhitaryan, Mourinho is very ambitious
Jose Mourinho “doesn’t care if the team is playing good or bad football,” says Roma player Henrikh Mkhitaryan, with a Portuguese coach striving to create a winning mentality in the Italian capital. A proven winner returned to the dugout in Italy, having previously tasted title success in that tournament with Inter. The coach has faced accusations of falling behind the times during stints at Manchester United and Tottenham, with detractors considered him to be overly defensive. Still, his record speaks for itself, and those at Stadio Olimpico won’t care how the results will be achieved.
Mkhitaryan shares that opinion, as the Armenia international told reporters about working with a coach that he enjoyed a trophy success at Old Trafford in 2016-17: “Mourinho is very ambitious, he always wants to win. He doesn’t care if the team is playing good or bad football; it’s all about the three points.”
The Armenia international is ready to give his all to Roma
“Everyone knows that he has won almost everything there is to win. I don’t want to talk about the past; we discussed it together and started from scratch on a different level. I know what he is asking of his players, and I’m ready to give my all.” The 32-year-old was moved out of United by Mourinho as part of a deal that took Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal to Old Trafford in January 2018. He could be forgiven for wanting to walk away from a reunion this summer as he prepared to hit free agency, but offers from elsewhere were turned down to commit to a new one-year contract. Explaining that decision, Mkhitaryan said: “I stayed because I believed in the project of this club, I liked it from the first day”.
“I am happy here; I like the team and the city. I believe that we can win something with the Giallorossi. I had offers from Italy and abroad, but I decided to stay, and I am happy with that.” Mkhitaryan has been with Roma since September 2019, initially joined on loan, and has taken in 73 appearances for the club, scoring 24 goals.