Jose Mourinho confirms Lorenzo Pellegrini will be out ‘for a few weeks,’ while the coach insists he enjoys the 1-0 win over Torino ‘more than a 5-0, because it means you had to suffer as a team.’
They sat back so much that it must’ve been a planned approach to wait and hit Toro on the counter-attack.
“It was a plan to sit a bit deeper, yes. Their centre-backs spread out and it’s not easy to press them with two strikers, so we had to show patience,” Mourinho told DAZN.
“I expected to score a few more goals this evening, even if Torino are strong defensively. I like winning in this way, this victory I enjoy more than a 5-0, because it means you had to make the effort, suffer as a team.
“When you are playing against a team that man-marks, you need mobility, so our players had to keep alternating position. Keep doing that, sooner or later they will make a mistake.
“The important thing is to defend well, then the goals will arrive eventually. I like this type of victory. We dominated and controlled Genoa and Zorya, but this was a different match.”
There was bad news, as Pellegrini limped off with a muscular issue just 15 minutes into the match.
“Unfortunately, Pellegrini will be out for a few weeks.”
Abraham seems to gel really well with his teammate Nicolò Zaniolo and Mourinho explains why.
“It started off the field. There’s a group of young players who always hang around together, plus it’s good for Nicolò to learn English!”