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Mourinho || I promised Felix a new pair of boots

Jose Mourinho says that following a debut brace, he offered to purchase Roma's Felix Afena-Gyan a new pair of'really costly' boots, while lying to the media about his tactical plans versus Genoa.

At a soaked Stadio Luigi Ferraris, the Giallorossi were struggling to produce serious scoring opportunities until 18-year-old Felix Afena-Gyan came off the bench and made all the difference.

The teenager scored both goals in the 2-0 triumph, an angled drive and a stunning curler into the far top corner, in only his third Serie A game.

Felix raced up and reminded me not to forget about the boots he really likes, which are quite pricey (they cost €800), so I agreed to get them for him. "The first thing I do tomorrow morning is get him the boots," Mourinho told DAZN.

I apologize to Mister De Rossi and the Primavera team, but Felix will be joining us." Because the Primavera are so near to us, Felix and four or five other players have joined the senior squad.What struck me the most was his calm demeanor in front of the net. He has a strong mentality, even if his technique isn't spectacular.

You have these kids these days who think they know everything, but he is humble, and you can tell he just absorbs everything from everyone around him. That's incredible.

Due to injury and COVID-19 issues, Roma switched to a three-man defense, losing all of their left-backs and midfielder Bryan Cristante.

"It was a difficult game, but we dominated possession, controlled it, and needed something vertically.

"In that capacity, Mkhitaryan had a tremendous game; we were always in command, preventative marking neutralized Genoa counter-attacks, and they sat even deeper in the second half.

Felix seemed to have a distinct profile at the time, and I thought he could make a difference, just like he did against Cagliari and Milan. He wreaked havoc on them with his energy and physicality, and he did it again. When he enters the game, he alters the team's dynamics. We had worked quite hard and were able to move the ball very well, and Stephan El Shaarawy put in a tremendous amount of effort to adapt to this type of tactical work. Felix possesses this level of intensity; he pressures the opponent and forces them to make mistakes, as well as giving the side a different level of intensity. I could tell Eldor Shomurodov was losing steam, and I was confident we'd win, though the prospect of a draw did enter my thoughts. It would've been aggravating, to say the least but it's also good for the performance.

After allegations this week of confrontations between the young player and Mourinho in training, Nicol Zaniolo was left on the bench for the whole encounter.To be honest, this team was not designed to play this system." Nico could've played more up front than in midfield, but Genoa was playing for a point and closing down all the holes, so it would've been difficult for him. Felix seems more suited to the scenario because he is more straight and upright.

I was watching everything from the sidelines and was amazed by how enthusiastically everyone on the bench greeted the goals. Zaniolo could have had a bad attitude, but I had the polar opposite feeling. That means he's a team player who will get a chance to play on Thursday or Sunday.

Mourinho is known for referring to himself as the 'Special One,' and he gave himself a pat on the back this evening as well, especially after taking the media for a trip.

"I mentioned in the press conference yesterday that all of the training work we performed this week was thrown out, but that wasn't the case... With his technique and expertise, I had a hunch Mkhitaryan could do what he did tonight.

The only thing he didn't do was score, but he was Man of the Match in my opinion.

We had three ball-loving midfielders who did an excellent job; I am extremely pleased with this choice." It's one of those days when a coach returns home feeling really good about himself because everything went well.

Andriy Shevchenko, who previously worked with Mourinho at Chelsea, made his debut on the Genoa bench and in club football.

He offered me a bottle of red wine before the game, which is a customary gift for the home coach in English football. (Assistant manager Mauro) Tassotti was also on the phone with me. I'm happy for myself, but disappointed for him; one day, those roles will be reversed, and he'll feel awful for me, but happy for himself.

"What's even better is that he adores this sport and the function of coach." To accomplish this work, you have to be insanely passionate about it, and he is.

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Mourinho: ‘I promised Felix a new pair of boots’ via @footballitalia

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