‘I refuse to praise him!’: Jose Mourinho STILL won’t tell Tammy Abraham he’s done a good job – despite England striker firing Roma into first European final in 31 years with his 25th goal of the season – because ‘he needs to work this hard in every game’
- Jose Mourinho said he still refuses to praise his star striker Tammy Abraham
- Abraham scored his 25th goal of the season to put Roma into their first European final for 31 years
- Mourinho said Abraham was a ‘great player’ with the potential to get even better
Jose Mourinho doubled down on his refusal to praise star striker Tammy Abraham last night despite his goal sending Roma to their first European final in 31 years.
While crying tears of joy at the full-time whistle over his team’s remarkable achievement, Mourinho could not fully dispose of his curmudgeonly side when speaking after the game about Abraham.
The ex-Chelsea and England player has reignited his flagging career since switching to the Stadio Olimpico, where he has fast become a cult hero after notching up 25 goals in his debut season.
Jose Mourinho (left) said he still won’t praise Roma’s star striker Tammy Abraham (right)
Abraham’s goal against Leicester saw Roma through to their first European final for 31 years
Against Leicester on Thursday, it was Abraham’s 11th-minute header that proved decisive in Roma winning the tie and set to meet Feyenoord in the Europa Conference League final on 25 May.
Yet for all Abraham’s heroics, and his manager’s clear influence in his development, Mourinho refused to hail the Englishman’s achievements.
‘Tammy knows, I refuse to speak highly of him,’ Mourinho said after the match.
Mourinho, here celebrating Thursday’s win, said Abraham is ‘great’ but could be even better
‘Because he can do better and he knows that! He is a great player with potential to be even greater.
‘I refuse to praise him! He needs to work this hard in every game, not just when we are up against Lazio or fighting for a European Final!’
Such has Abraham’s star risen in Italy that he recently broke the legendary Gabriel Batistuta’s record for most goals for Roma in a debut season by scoring twice in their 3-0 thrashing of bitter rivals Lazio.
Abraham has fast become a cult hero at Roma, breaking the club record for most goals in a debut season
For his part, the 24-year-old remained modest about his achievement in the historic win over Leicester.
‘My job is to be active around the box,’ Abraham told BT Sport. ‘That’s the kind of striker I am.
‘Whenever I sniff an opportunity I try to take my chance. I’m not the best at heading but today was a pretty good one.
‘It was a bit of a surprise, but it doesn’t matter who is marking me, if I sniff a chance I have to go for it.’
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